'Boeing' sequel 'Don't Dress' opens in spring
The Roundabout Theater Company has skedded a Broadway run of farce “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” scribe Marc Camoletti’s sequel to “Boeing-Boeing.”The 1987 play is adapted by Robin Hawdon and helmed by John Tillinger, who directed the show in a well-received 2008 run in Chicago. Storyline follows Bernard and Robert, the two friends whose antics also fuel Camoletti’s 1960 outing “Boeing-Boeing,” and the farcical complications that ensue when plans for secret trysts collide. Play originally preemed in a French-language version in Paris, where it had a two-year run, prior to a London version that opened in 1991 and played for six years. No cast has been set for the Broadway staging of “Don’t Dress.” In Chi the play starred Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”), Mark Harelik (“The Normal Heart”), Patricia Kalember and Spencer Kayden (“Urinetown”), among others. The two main characters of “Don’t Dress” will be familiar to comtempo legit auds from the recent production of “Boeing-Boeing” that launched in the U.K. prior to landing on Broadway in 2008 and scoring Tonys for play revival and for lead thesp Mark Rylance. Design team for the Roundabout production includes John Lee Beatty (sets), Jess Goldstein (costumes) and Ken Billington (lights). Show will begin previews March 30 ahead of an April 26 opening at the Gotham nonprofit’s American Airlines Theater.
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