Cruise On Over to Kelsey Theatre for Hollywood Spoof "Dames at Sea" Oct. 17-26


Music! Lights! Curtain! Enter Ruby, the small town girl who tap dances her way from the bus station to stardom in just 24 hours. Join Pierrot Productions as they pay tribute to the Busby Berkeley all-singing, all-dancing Hollywood extravaganzas of the 1930s with "Dames at Sea," coming to MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Fridays and Saturdays, October 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, October 19 and 26 at 2 p.m.

A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Oct. 17. Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Ready to set sail! The cast of "Dames at Sea,"
from left, John Ragazzo, Liat Perelman, Jim Petro,
Melissa Rittmann, Cathy Liebars, and Joe Zedeney.

With high camp and a touch of silliness, "Dames at Sea" chronicles the adventures of Ruby, fresh off the bus from Utah with only a pair of tap shows in her suitcase. She quickly - very quickly - falls in love with a sailor, who happens to be a songwriter, and then saves a Broadway show by stepping in when the star can't go on.

Based on the book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, and music by Jim Wise, the show mixes parody with the real thing, and features songs that are nostalgic, lyrical and exceedingly clever. And the joke remains fresh - that a cast of six, with minimal accompaniment, can pull off a spoof of the large, lavish movie musical genre in the 42nd Street tradition. Starring a fresh young Bernadette Peters when it premiered Off-Broaday in 1968, the show won the 1969 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and has been performed regularly in the decades since, including an Off-Broadway run in 2004 at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre, where it was first performed.

The cast includes Cathy Liebars as Mona, Liat Perelman as Joan, Jim Petro as Dick, John Ragazzo as Lucky, Melissa Rittmann as Ruby, and Joe Zedeny as Hennessey. The show is directed by Pete LaBriola, with musical direction by Lou Woodruff and Pam Sharples, and choreography by Kat Ross.

Tickets for "Dames at Sea" are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $12 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request. For a complete listing of adult and children's events for the 2008-09 season, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

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