Dames At Sea Will Sail Onto Broadway in 2014
All ashore who are going ashore! And you’ll want to be ashore for this one! While the 2014 Broadway season comes together more and more every day, it seems as though the season (and theaters) are filling up quicker than anyone can handle! However, that isn’t stopping more productions from lining up for a future Broadway bow. One of those productions has set its sails in one direction: New York. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Dames At Sea will arrive on Broadway in 2014!
Dames At Sea is a musical that features a book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller with music by Jim Wise. Dames At Sea is a parody musical that tells the story of Ruby who steps off a bus from Utah and right into her big Broadway debut. However, hours before the productions is set to open, the cast learns their Broadway theatre is set to be demolished. Ruby and the cast work together teaming up with some sailors from the navy to keep the show alive! They plan to perform the show on the battleships! Filled with lavish numbers, tap dancing and music celebrating the golden era of movie musicals, Dames At Sea is a classic musical theatre gem.
Infinity Theatre Company, Anna Roberts Ostroff and Alan Ostroff, and Perry Street Theatricals, Martin Platt and David Elliott, have announced they plan to sail Dames At Sea onto Broadway in 2014. The production will be directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner. Skinner brought to life the production last summer at Infinity Theatre Company. Photos from that production are featured throughout this post.
At this time, no casting, production team, production dates of a Broadway house have been announced for the show. Dames At Sea originally opened at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre Off-Broadway on December 20, 1968. The show received rave reviews from critics. The production transferred to the Theater de Lys on April 22, 1969 where it went on to play another 575 performances. The show never made it to Broadway but did cross the pond twice to play in London’s West End in both 1969 and 1989. While the show never did make it to Broadway, it did help launch the career of Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters who played Ruby in the original production. (Pictured Above is Megan Kelly, a Wagner College Theatre Alum, who starred in the production last summer at Infinity)
Director and choreographer Randy Skinner is very excited to bring to life this American musical on Broadway for the first time ever.
“This is a quintessential American musical with an amazingly tuneful score and a really clever book, and this Dames will have more dancing than ever before. For the first time in New York, Dames will be heard with a fully orchestrated score.”
Producer Anna Roberts Ostroff echoed Skinner’s excitement about Dames At Sea finally coming to life in New York on Broadway.
“Randy’s vision for this first ever Broadway production of Dames at Sea remains true to the original concept of the show, but will raise the bar much higher for our cast. We are currently looking for just the right house for this very special show.”
45 years after Dames At Sea appeared in New York, the production will finally sail into and dock on Broadway in 2014. I have to admit, I am very excited for this production. Dames At Sea is a fun production filled with great music and over the top dancing people just can’t seem to get enough of. It’s an old musical that brings to life that feeling of just how good the old days could be. With the 2014 season looking like it will be filled with many new musicals, I’m excited to see such an older classic production return. Even though, much like Cinderella, this is the shows first outing on Broadway. I have much confidence that Skinner’s work on the show will not only honor the show itself but bring to life Dames At Sea in a new style for many more to appreciate. I look forward to seeing what particular theatre Dames At Sea docks in with a full house schedule already for 2014.
Broadway should keep it’s eyes to the water as Dames At Sea sails into port next season! Luner on Theatre will continue to keep you updated on the progress of this Broadway bound musical all the way until opening night! Stay tuned for more information, photos and coverage! No Broadway website for Dames At Sea has yet been developed. For more information, visit Samuel French’s Page for Dames At Sea. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!