STAGE TUBE: First Look at Lisa Brescia, George Dvorsky and More in Highlights of Ogunquit's VICTOR/VICTORIA
It's the 20th anniversary of Broadway's tender and funny, smart and sexy Victor/ Victoria and the Ogunquit Playhouse is celebrating by mounting a full-scale glamorous production of the musical comedy, June 24 to July 18, complete with the original Broadway and touring sets designed by Robin Wagner and costumes by Willa Kim. Check out a first look at highlights below!
Written by acclaimed film director Blake Edwards (Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther) and based on his hit film that starred Julie Andrews, Robert Preston and James Garner, this truly classic musical features an electrifying and moving score by Henry Mancini, lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and additional musical material by Frank Wildhorn that includes the exciting "Le Jazz Hot," the touching "Almost A Love Song," and the hilarious "Chicago, Illinois." Don't miss the musical comedy that BroadwayWorld exclaims "has all the panache and sizzle of Chicago, the colorful character line up of Guys and Dolls, and the farcical comedy of Noises Off." This show has it all!
Victor/Victoria is a musical comedy set in 1934 Paris in all its glitzy glory, and tells the story of Victoria, played by Broadway's Lisa Brescia, a down-on-her-luck nightclub singer in search of a job. Her luck changes when she meets the flamboyant and big-hearted Toddy, played by Broadway veteran George Dvorsky, who hatches a plan to help her masquerade as female impersonator "Victor." Hilarity and confusion soon follow when "Victor" becomes an overnight sensation in the night clubs of Paris and attracts the attention of a macho Chicago gangster, King Marchan, played byDarren Ritchie -- much to the dismay of his ditsy girlfriend Norma Cassidy, played by Robyn Hurder.
Also joining the cast are Joe Joyce as Henri Labisse who recently appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award nominated musical Swinging On A Star and National Tours of 42ND Street, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and La Cage Aux Folles; Jacob Smith who is making his Ogunquit debut as Squash and recently appeared in the National Tours of Spamalot and Rock of Ages; and Robert Marcus who is also making his Ogunquit debut is cast as Andre Cassell and recently appeared in the National Tour of Jekyll & Hyde.
Directing the Ogunquit production is Matt Lenz, who received the 2015 Drama Desk nomination for Pageant: The Musical. On Broadway he has worked as the Associate Director on original productions of Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, The Velocity of Autumn and Disney's Beauty and the Beast as Resident Director. He has directed many musicals at regional theatres throughout the U. S. as well as the National Tours of Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can and A Christmas Story: The Musical. Internationally Mr. Lenz has directed Hairspray in Johannesburg, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Toronto, and Cologne, Germany.
Darren Lee joins the creative team for Victor/Victoria as Choreographer. On Broadway Mr. Lee worked as the Associate Choreographer for Pacific Overtures. He has choreographed for many regional theatres across the country including Olney Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, St. Louis MUNY, Paper Mill Playhouse, Music Theatre of Wichita, La Jolla Playhouse, and North Shore Music Theatre.
Jeffrey Campos returns to the Ogunquit Playhouse as Musical Director. His National Tour credits include Jekyll & Hyde, A Chorus Line, The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma, Annie, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He has worked at the Ogunquit Playhouse as both Musical Director and Assistant Musical Director for the productions of The Witches of Eastwick, Grease, Thoroughly Modern Mille, Joseph...Dreamcoat, 9 to 5 the Musical, Damn Yankees, South Pacific, Legally Blonde, Summer of Love, and Sunset Boulevard, as well as many other regional theatres throughout the U.S.
The Ogunquit Playhouse is America's Foremost Summer Theatre, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, producing the finest Broadway musicals each season, with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from mid-May to mid-October. Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Twitter (@OgunquitPH) and become our fan on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse) for behind-the-scenes info, photos and fun throughout the season. For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the season visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.