Dromio, Dromio: Roundabout Opens Revised Boys from Syracuse Aug. 18
The Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of the Richard
Rodgers-Lorenz Hart-George Abbott musical, The Boys from Syracuse,
with direction by Scott Ellis, choreography by Rob Ashford and a new
book by playwright Nicky Silver will officially open at the American
Airlines Theatre Aug. 18, after previews from July 25.
In this musical adaptation of the Bard's knockabout comedy of
mistaken identity, The Comedy of Errors,
Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse are Jonathan Dokuchitz and Lee
Wilkof, respectively, while Tom Hewitt and Chip Zien are Dokuchitz and
Wilkof's identical twins, Antipholus and Dromio from Ephesus.
Renewed interest in the 1938 musical arguably began in 1997 when
Center Encores! produced a praised concert version of the show starring
Malcolm Gets, Michael McGrath, Mario Cantone, Davis Gaines and Rebecca
Luker. Two years later, Scott Ellis directed a workshop of the show,
reworked by new book writer Nicky Silver, for the Roundabout. Another
workshop was staged in 2000. The Roundabout finally announced the
musical for spring 2002, later pushing it back to the summer.
Silver told Playbill On-Line that the Roundabout decided to do the
early on, but "they only do one musical a year, so we just got in
line." Silver, who was invited by the Roundabout and Ellis to refashion
the book, said he followed the basic storyline provided by George
Abbott, but retained only four of Abbott's actual lines. The text, now
clearly stamped with Silver's trademark acerbic wit, now boasts saucy
references to musical revivals, various phobias, Latin teachers who
"interfere" with their students and wordplay with ancient names (one of
the concubines is called Chlamydia).
Representatives of the
Rodgers and Hart estate and Abbott estate have been by several times
during previews and voiced their approval, according to Silver.
Don Sebesky orchestrates such classic tunes as "Falling in Love with
Love," "This Can't Be Love" and "Sing for Your Supper." Also in the
score are "I Had Twins," "Dear Old Syracuse," "What Can You Do With a
Man," "A Lady Must Live" (added for this staging), "The Shortest Day of
the Year," "You Took Advantage of Me" (added for this production, and
sung by a chorus of courtesans in front of the curtain at the top of
Act Two), "Everything I've Got Belongs to You" (added for this
production), "You Have Cast Your Shadow on the Sea," "He and She," "Big
Brother," "Come With Me" and "Oh, Diogenes."
Completing the cast are Jeffrey Broadhurst (as Angelo), The
Immigrant's Walter Charles (Aegean), the national touring South
Erin Dilly (Luciana), Toni DiBuono (Luce), Tom Galantich (Merchant,
Aegean), Sara Gettlefinger (Courtesan, Ensemble), Deidre Goodwin
(Courtesan, Ensemble), Milena Govich (Courtesan, Ensemble), George Hall
(Sorcerer), Teri Hanson (Courtesan, Ensemble), Tripp Hanson (Ensemble),
television comedienne Jackee Harry (as the courtesans' Madam), Fred
Inkley (Sergeant), Mark Lotito (Tailor, Ensemble), Kirk McDonald
(Ensemble), Elizabeth Mills (Courtesan, Ensemble), Lauren Mitchell
(Adriana), J.C. Montgomery (Duke, Ensemble), Scott Robertson (Merchant,
Ensemble) and Allyson Turner (Ensemble).
The original production of Boys
began on Nov. 23, 1938, at the Alvin Theatre. It ran for 235
performances. A 1963 Off-Broadway production starring Stuart Damon and
Karen Morrow ran 503 performances. This is the first Broadway revival.
Hewitt won a Tony nomination for playing Frank N Furter in the
recent Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show. Zien created
roles in the original Broadway productions Into the Woods and Falsettos.
His most recent New York stage credit was William Finn's A New Brain.
Dokuchitz, the least known of the four, was also in the original Into
the Woods, as well as Broadway's Dream and Tommy.
Wilkof most recent Broadway musical was Kiss Me, Kate, in which
he played one of the theatre obsessed gangsters. He created the role of
Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors.
The design team includes Thomas Lynch (set); Thoroughly Modern
Millie Tony winner Martin Pakledinaz (costume); Donald Holder
(lighting); Brian Ronan (sound); David Loud (music director).
Tickets are now on sale. Call (212) 719-1300 or visit the box
office at the American Airlines Theatre at 227 West 42nd Street.