New York, NY — Musicals Tonight! the Obie‐winning company dedicated to the revival of neglected musicals continues its 2013–14 season with a 16‐performance run of Marvin Hamlisch and Howard Ashman’s 1986 musical SMILE (October 22 — November 3) directed by Thomas Sabella‐Mills, with music direction by David Bishop.
SMILE featuring music by Marvin Hamlisch and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman is a satirical portrait that follows the intrigue and exploits onstage and behind‐the‐scenes as Santa Rosa, California plays host to the Young American Miss Pageant.
The cast features Patti‐Lee Meringo (Robin), Jenna Pastuszek (Doria), Jeanette Fitzpatrick (Brenda), Tom Lucca (Big Bob), Jeffrey Arnold Wolf(Dale), Christopher De Angelis (MC), Sarah Joy Ledtke (Sandra‐Kay), Francheska Gomez (Maria), Sarah Ziegler (Shawn), Erica Wilpon (Cookie), Jessica George, Hannah Owens, Chandler Reeves, Russell Saylor (Tommy), Jaron Frand (Little Bob), Alex Goley (Freddy), Thom Caska, andAmber Nicole Guest.
Songs from the Hamlisch/Ashman score include: “Disneyland”; “Smile”. “In Our Hands,” “Very Best Week of Your Lives,” and “Dear Mom.”
Considered one of the underrated Broadway musicals of the 1980s, Smile opened November 24, 1986 at Broadway’s Lunt‐Fontanne Theatre with a cast that featured Jodi Benson, Veanne Cox, Anne Marie Bobby, Marsha Waterbury, and Jeff McCarthy running 48 performances. Based on the 1975 television film, Smile featured Barbara Feldon, Bruce Dern, Annette O’Toole, Melanie Griffith, and Michael Kidd.
Under the leadership of Founder/Artistic Director Mel Miller, Musicals Tonight! performs two‐week runs Tuesday trhought Sunday at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row Studios, 410 West 42nd Street, NY.
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Source: Broadway World