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Trio tops White Barn sesh

Seldes, Havoc on sked

WESTPORT, Conn. — The five-production season at Lucille Lortel’s White Barn Theater and Museum will continue Aug. 8 and 9 with Jay Leonhart’s trio in “It’s Impossible to Sing and Play the Bass,” which is being touted as pre-Broadway.

It’s a program of topical songs written by Leonhart, the bassist/performer in the current long-running Off Broadway revue “Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know,” which started life at the White Barn last summer. Rounding out the trio will be pianist Bill Charlap and Leonhart’s son Michael on trumpet.

On Aug. 15 and 16, actress Marian Seldes will perform “Time Together,” an evening of readings, scenes, reminiscences and a question and answer period.

Aug. 22 and 23 will bring June Havoc back to the White Barn for “Baby June Remembers: A Love Story,” a work in progress comprising vignettes of the memories of a vaudeville child written and performed by Havoc, who has had an 80-plus year career in theater and films.

The season will end Aug. 29 and 30 with “George Gershwin — A 100 Year Celebration,” a song and dance tribute to the composer who was born in Brooklyn on Sept. 26, 1898. Conceived and directed by Donald Saddler, it will feature Beatrice Arthur, Ron Raines, Jo Sullivan Loesser and musical director Peter Howard, among others.

Husband and wife Geoffrey Holder and Carmen de Lavallade opened the 1998 season last week with “Two for Tonight,” a potpourri of music, words, dance and remembrances supported by pianist Robert Jeremy Schwimmer and bassist Mark Helias.

The White Barn, on the property of Lortel’s Westport home, is in its 51st year.

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