The Broadway-aimed revival of “You Can’t Take It With You,” a Rodgers and Hart catalog tuner helmed by John Doyle (“Sweeney Todd”) and acting stints for Malcolm Gets and Kristine Nielsen are on tap for the 2011 mainstage season at the Williamstown Theater Festival.
Annual event in Williamston, Mass., is located close enough to New York to attract the interest and attention of Gotham legiters. The 2011 season is the first topped by a.d. Jenny Gersten, who until recently was associate producer at Off Broadway’s Public Theater.
The trio of mainstage offerings kicks off with “You Can’t Take It With You” (July 1-July 23), the 1946 Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman meet-the-parents comedy. Commercial producer Elizabeth I. McCann is attached to the production with the intention of bringing it to New York for a run tentatively skedded to begin perfs Aug. 11 at a Shubert venue to be determined.Christopher Ashley (“Memphis”) will direct, replacing the previously announced Anna D. Shapiro.
Next up, former WTF a.d. Nicholas Martin helms Oliver Goldsmith’s “She Stoops to Conquer” (July 27-Aug. 7), the 18th-century comedy about a country estate, a couple of visitors from the city and a mistaken-identity mix-up.
Nielson (“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”) appears in a cast that also includes Jonathan Patrick Walker, Brooks Ashmanskas (“Promises, Promises”) and Paxton Whitehead.
Final offering of the mainstage season is “Ten Cents a Dance” (Aug. 11-Aug. 28), conceived and helmed by Doyle. Tuner uses the songs of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart (“Pal Joey,” “The Boys from Syracuse”) to tell the story of a singer named Johnny reminiscing about his longstanding affair with a chorus girl, who is portrayed by five different actresses, each representing a different stage of the character’s life.
Gets, Lauren Molina and Jane Pfitsch are among the cast.
Offerings to run on the Nikos Stage, WTF’s smaller-scale venue devoted to new work, remain to be announced.