Country-music tuner is Shakespeare adaptation
Randy Quaid makes his Rialto debut in “Lone Star Love,” the country-music tuner adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” that will open at Broadway’s Belasco Theater in December.The show, an earlier version of which ran Off Broadway during the 2004-05 season, tries out at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater in September before it heads to Gotham. Robert Cuccioli (“Jekyll & Hyde”) and Dee Hoty (“The Will Rogers Follies”) co-star. Tuner was conceived by John L. Haber, with a book by Haber and Robert Horn; the country and bluegrass tunes are by Jack Herrick of the band Red Clay Ramblers (“Fool Moon”), members of which appear onstage. Randy Skinner (“42nd Street”) directs and choreographs. Prior New York incarnation, produced by AMAS Musical Theater, was choreographed by Skinner but helmed by Michael Bogdanov. New production has John Rando (“The Wedding Singer”) attached as creative supervisor. Quaid plays Colonel John Falstaff in this version of the Bard comedy, set in Texas just after the Civil War. Plot centers on Falstaff’s arrival in Windsor, Texas, and his attempts to woo simultaneously the wives (one played by Hoty) of two wealthy ranchers (one portrayed by Cuccioli). Stage credits for Quaid include Shakespeare in the Park’s “The Golem” and, most recently, the Off Broadway production of Sam Shepard’s “God of Hell.” Design team includes two vets of the Off Broadway productions, Derek McLane (sets) and Jane Greenwood (costumes). Lights are by Ken Billington and Paul Miller. “Lone Star” producers include Robert Boyett Theatricals, among several others, with Mary Ann Anderson credited as exec producer. Show runs Sept. 8-30 in Seattle, then begins perfs in Gotham Nov. 1 for a Dec. 3 opening.