Kennedy Center sets new season

Rare perf of 'Guardsman' skedded

The Kennedy Center will revive Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnar’s 1910 farce “The Guardsman” next season and host six touring productions including “The Book of Mormon” and “War Horse,” the center’s president Michael Kaiser said Tuesday.

Gregory Mosher will direct a new translation of the seldom-produced “Guardsman.” Best known for the 1924 Broadway production featuring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, its sole Broadway visit, and a follow-up film by the duo in 1931, tells the story of an insecure husband who disguises himself to test his wife’s fidelity.

Kaiser unveiled the theater schedule along with all other performance elements of the center’s 2012-13 season.

Sked will include touring productions of Roundabout Theater Company’s “Anything Goes,” “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Million Dollar Quartet.” The center will also host a return engagement of Ireland’s Druid Theater Company with three plays by writer Tom Murphy and host a festival of five productions from Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Dubbed “Nordic Cool 2013,” the fest will include a production of Henrik Ibsen’s “The Wild Duck” by Oslo’s National Theater and the Royal Dramatic Theater of Stockholm’s “Fanny and Alexander,” a stage performance of Ingmar Bergman’s Oscar-winning feature film. The monthlong affair will also include Nordic dance, music, film, visual arts and literature components.

The KenCen’s musical theater skein will also include the sixth season of its Barbara Cook Spotlight series of cabaret-style performances with perfs by Judy Kuhn, Maureen McGovern, Donna Murphy, Adam Pascal and Terri White.

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