Roundabout adds ‘Ritz’ to slate

Revival to star Perez, Chamberlin

Roundabout Theater Company has added to its fall schedule with a Broadway revival of Terrence McNally’s “The Ritz,” directed by Joe Mantello and starring Rosie Perez and Kevin Chamberlin.

Premiered on Broadway in 1975 in a production that ran 398 performances, the comedy centers on a straight man forced to hide out from a murderous Mobster in the eponymous New York gay bathhouse, where he passes himself off as a big-time Rialto producer. The original staging won Rita Moreno a Tony for best featured actress.

Revival will begin previews Sept. 14 at Studio 54, with opening night set for Oct. 11. The limited engagement is planned to run through Dec. 2. Design team includes Scott Pask (sets) and William Ivey Long (costumes), both of whom are Tony-nominated this year for their work on “The Coast of Utopia” and “Grey Gardens,” respectively.

An associate artist at Roundabout, Mantello’s last job for the company was Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins,” which won him a Tony as best director of a musical in 2004. He is currently represented on Broadway by “Wicked” and Off Broadway with Manhattan Theater Club’s production of “Blackbird,” running through June 10.

Perez last appeared on Broadway in Craig Lucas’ “Reckless,” while Chamberlin was seen in the long-running “Chicago” revival and more recently scored strong reviews in the Encores! production, “Stairway to Paradise.” McNally’s “Deuce,” starring Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes, currently is playing at the Music Box.

The scheduling of “The Ritz” pushes back the previously announced opening of Roundabout’s Broadway revival of “Pygmalion” at the American Airlines Theater to Oct. 18. The company’s first show of the new season, a revival of “Old Acquaintance” starring Margaret Colin and Harriet Harris, starts previews this week for a June 28 opening.

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