Photo Flash: First Look at Denny Dillon, Claire Brownell in Hartford Stage's BOEING-BOEING

Hartford Stage, under the leadership of Darko Tresnjak, Artistic Director and Michael Stotts, Managing Director today announced the cast and creative team for Boeing-Boeing the high-flying Tony Award-winning comedy that will land at Hartford Stage through February 12, 2012. Check out production shots below!

An uproarious jet-propelled comedy - Boeing-Boeing had audiences and critics airborne with laughter on Broadway and London's West End. Bernard, a successful architect living in Paris, thinks he can easily juggle his three flight attendant fiancées Gretchen, Gloria and Gabriella. It's all a question of timing and a little help from his trusted housekeeper Berthe who reluctantly plays romantic air traffic controller. When an old friend Robert arrives and his three fiancées each change their flight schedules, his life hits some unexpected turbulence.

Broadway and television actress Denny Dillon returns to Hartford Stage in the role of Berthe. Making their Hartford Stage debuts are Claire Brownell (Broadway: The 39 Steps) as Gretchen, Ryan Farley (DC's Shakespeare Theatre Company) as Robert, Kelly D. Felthous (NSMT's Legally Blonde) as Gloria, and Kathleen McElfresh (Roundabout's Present Laughter) as Gabriella. Vince Nappo (directed by Darko Tresnjak in Theatre for a New Audience's The Merchant of Venice) recently seen in the Hartford Stage Brand:NEW Festival's Days of Rage will play Bernard.

Written in French by Marc Camoletti and translated by Beverly Cross for its 1962 London premiere, Boeing, Boeing held a world record for the longest-running comedy in the West End, playing over 2,000 performances. John Rich directed the film version starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis. Boeing-Boeing became the most performed French play in the world according to Guinness World Records. Boeing-Boeing received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a play.

The production features scenic design by David M. Barber, costume design by Thomas Charles LeGalley, lighting design by Traci Klainer Polimeni, sound design by Fitz Patton.

The production runs through February 5. Evening performances are weeknights (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday) at 7:30 p.m. and weekends (Friday and Saturday) at 8:00 p.m. Matinee performances are Sundays and selected Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. For a more specific schedule of performances, call the Hartford Stage box office at 860-527-5151 or visit

Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson.

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