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Musicals Tonight! Announces Casting for Cole Porter's DU BARRY WAS A LADY


Musicals Tonight! has announced the full cast for its production of Du Barry Was a Lady (1939), featuring music and lyrics by Cole Porter and originally starring Bert Lahr, Ethel Merman and Betty Grable.

Louis (Peyton Crim), has won a sweepstakes, and quits his job as washroom attendant at the Club Petite. He is in love with the club's singer May (Jennifer Evans), but she is in love with Alex (Patrick Oliver Jones) who is unhappily married. Alex is the brother of her friend Alice (Katherine McLaughlin), who is in love with Harry (Tim McGarrigal). And Vi (Lilly Tobin) the club's cigarette girl is in love with Louis. The Club's owner, Kelly (Richard Rowan) hires Charlie (Ernie Pruneda), to replace Louis. Charlie helps Louis slip Alex a Mickey Finn so that he can make some headway with May. But Louis drinks it instead. With us so far? Louis dreams he is King Louis XV, that May is Madame du Barry, and that everyone else is a part of his Court except Alex who is a disloyal peasant. Several scenes and nine songs later, Louis wakes up and realizes that Alex is the man for May and goes back to being a washroom attendant. Helping to sort this out is Mark Bacon, Jamil Chokachi, Elizabeth Flanagan, Ashley Griffin, Colin Israel, Evan Maltby, Tina Scariano.

Songs include: "Friendship," "Well, Did You Evah!", "Give Him the Ooh-La-La," "It Ain't Etiquette," "But in the Morning, No!", and "Katie Went to Haiti."

DU BARRY WAS A LADY will be directed and choreographed by Evan Pappas, with music director/vocal arranger Jim Stenborg.

Performances: Evenings @ 7:30: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Four Matinees @ 2:00; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $30 at The Lion Theatre Box Office (410 West 42nd Street) OR from Telecharge 212-239-6200.

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