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Musicals Tonight Casts 'Half A Sixpence'

"Musicals Tonight" Cast Half a Sixpence tp be performed April 1-13 McGinn/Cazale Theatre (2162 B'way)

It is Folkstone, England, 1900 and Arthur Kipps (Jon Peterson) works as a draper's apprentice in Mr. Shalford 's (Robert Lydiard) store. He has an "understanding" with the servant girl Ann Pornick (Amy Griffin). An actor, Chitterlow (Doug Shapiro), brings news that Kipps has inherited a fortune, and he tries to use the money to move up into local society. The only society folk who pay any attention are those with something to gain, like Mrs. Walsingham (Deborah Jean Templin), her daughter, Helen (Kathryn Holtkamp), and her worthless son (Danny Beiruti), with whom, foolishly, Kipps invests. Kipps finally comes to his senses, renounces the society of the Walsinghams and Mrs. Botting (Patti Perkins) and returns to Ann. When the money is lost, Arthur retires with his wife (and newborn child) to run a bookshop. Kipps' boss at Shalford's Emporium is Roger Rifkin and his co-workers are Sean Bell; Jenna Coker-Jones; Michael Jennings Mahoney; Sara Sawyer; Christine Walker; Erika Zabelle and Anthony Zillmer.

Half a Sixpence (1965) is based upon an H.G. Wells. A successful London run (starring Tommy Steele) was followed by a Broadway one. Songs: "All in the Cause of Economy"; "She's Too Far Above Me; If the Rain's Got to Fall"; "Money to Burn"; "Flash", "Bang", "Wallop!". Director: Thomas Sabella-Mills Musical Director: James Stenborg.

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