Beth Malone, one of the stars of last season’s Off Broadway hit “Fun Home,” will take on the title role in the Denver Center Theater Company’s upcoming revival of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”
A thoroughly revised adaptation of the 1960 musical by Meredith Willson (“The Music Man”), “Unsinkable Molly Brown” already has the attention of the wider theater industry thanks to the attachment of Broadway veteran Kathleen Marshall (“Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “The Pajama Game”), who directs and choreographs, and of Robert Greenblatt, the NBC chief who was on the producing team of Tony-winning musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”
Malone will appear opposite Burke Moses (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Frogs”) in “Unsinkable Molly Brown,” which sports a new book and additional lyrics by Dick Scanlan (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”). Her stint in the show does not affect her involvement in the possible Broadway transfer of “Fun Home,” the Jeanine Tesori-Lisa Kron musical in which Malone was one of the three actresses to portray the story’s protagonist.
The plot of “Unsinkable Molly Brown” follows the real-life survivor of the Titanic from her Missouri childhood to her later life in Denver. The 1964 movie version starred Debbie Reynolds.
The new revival begins previews Sept. 12 ahead of a Sept. 19 opening at DCTC. No future plans for the production have yet been set, but if the title moves forward after its regional bow, Greenblatt is in line as the commercial producer who will shepherd the project along.