'Nick & Nora' to open 1991-92 Mechanic season

April 16, 1991|By Winifred Walsh

THE LONG awaited premiere of the American musical "Nick & Nora" will launch the 1991-1992 season at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre.

The Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts will also present three of Broadway's biggest hits: "The Piano Lesson," "A Few Good Men," and "Lost in Yonkers." "The Piano Lesson," August Wilson's play about family loyalty to the past, will star former Baltimorean Charles S. Dutton.

Hope Quackenbush, managing director of the BCPA, has announced that "Nick & Nora" will open on Sept. 24. The play is based on the popular "Thin Man" series. Barry Bostwick and Joanna Gleason will head the all-star cast. After the Baltimore run the show will head for Broadway.

The play had been removed from the 1990-91 Mechanic schedule because of trouble with financing.

"Four producers, Terry Allen Kramer, James M. Nederlander, Charlene Nederlander and Daryl Ruth raised the $6 million dollars to fund the 'Nick & Nora' production," Quackenbush says.

"Some new songs have been added by Charles Strouse who wrote the music and Richard Maltby who wrote the lyrics. It is very exciting. We have waited a year for this," she says.

The powerful Marine courtroom drama "A Few Good Men," by Aaron Sorkin, has been enjoying a successful Broadway run for the past two years. The work takes a probing look at a military court-martial.

Neil Simon's 1991 Pulitzer Prize winning play "Lost in Yonkers" is also on the Mechanic agenda. A serious and funny look at two brothers raised by their overbearing grandmother, the show recently opened on Broadway and is expected to earn several Tony nominations.

And due to popular demand, "Les Miserables" will return for a limited run in the spring of 1992. Because it was a part of the 1989-1990 subscription season, "Les Miserables" will not be included in the 1991-1992 series. Subscribers, however, will receive priority order forms.

All of the above mentioned subscription shows will play four-week at the Mechanic. Engagement dates will be announced later.

For more information on the 1991-1992 subscription season, call the subscription office at 625-4200.

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