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Cape Playhouse Announces 2017 Creative Teams


The historic Cape Playhouse, American's oldest continually operating summer theatre, is thrilled to announce our creative teams for our upcoming 2017 Summer Season.

Our blockbuster season opens June 13th with the Tony Award winning play, Art. The production, a Cape Playhouse premier, runs through June 24th and is directed by Matt Lenz whose Broadway credits include Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, The Velocity of Autumn, Beauty and the Beast, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the national tours of The Sound of Music and A Christmas Story. Michael Carnahan (Cheers! Live) serves as set designer.

Next up, the Tony-nominated actor, Hunter Foster (Bridges of Madison County, Little Shop of Horrors, Million Dollar Quartet) directs the Obie Award winner, The Foreigner, running June 27-July 8th. David Arsenault serves as set designer with Gail Baldoni as costume designer.

The first musical of the season, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, running July 11-22nd, will be directed and choreographed by Tony-nominated Director Marcia Milgrom Dodge with music direction by Sari Goetz. Dodge was nominated for the Tony Award for her direction of the recent revival of Ragtime.

Red, the Tony Award and Drama Desk winner for Best Play, is next up in the season. With direction by David Glenn Armstrong, costume design by Tony-nominee Michael McDonald, and set design by James Morgan. Red will run July 25- August 5th.

Cape Playhouse Artistic Director, Michael Rader (A Christmas Story, Cirque du Soleil) serves as director for Gypsy, running August 8-19th. He is joined by choreographer, Jason Sparks (After Midnight, She Loves Me, Hello Dolly), and music director Garrett Taylor. Set designs are by David Arsenault with lighting by Zach Blane.

Ending the season and running August 22 - September 2, is Murder for Two, the recent off-Broadway musical who-done-it. In this hilarious show, two performers play thirteen roles-not to mention the piano-in a witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries. J. Scott Lapp, the recent director of the national tour of the show, directs this Cape Cod premier.

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About The Cape Playhouse

The non-profit Cape Playhouse was founded in 1927 by Californian Raymond Moore, who spent several summers in Provincetown painting scenery, writing plays, and acting in local theatre. His vision, however, was to have a theatre of his own - a smart, sophisticated summer theatre that would bring Broadway to Cape Cod. He purchased a 19th-century former Unitarian Meeting House for $200, had it moved to 3½ acres of pasture land fronting the Old Kings Highway in Dennis, and converted it into a professional theatre. The Cape Playhouse has been kept true to its original structure - even the original pews still serve as seats. The opening performance on July 4, 1927 was The Guardsman, starring Basil Rathbone. Over the years, many big- name stars from Broadway and the silver screen have acted there, including Bette Davis (who first worked as an usher), Gregory Peck, Gertrude Lawrence, Lana Turner, Ginger Rogers, Humphrey Bogart, Tallulah Bankhead, Helen Hayes, Julie Harris, and Paulette Goddard. It's no wonder the Cape Playhouse is known as "The Birthplace of the Stars." Many young, aspiring performers have spent their summers here. In 1956, a young student was given a small part in The Male Animal, starring Henry Fonda (his daughter, Jane)! Today, most of the stars still come from Broadway, but it seems that almost every well-known star of stage, screen, and TV has walked the stage of the Cape Playhouse.

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