Words & Music Theater

July 16, 1998|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Washington's Kennedy Center inaugurates its new musical theater concert series, "Words & Music," tonight with five performances of "Bells Are Ringing."

The concert version of the 1956 musical - music by Jule Styne, book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green - stars Faith Prince in the Judy Holliday role of a telephone answering-service operator who can't resist interfering in the lives of the service's clients. Joining Prince on stage are Joyce Van Patten and Alan Campbell.

Similar in format to the New York City Center "Encores!" series, which launched the Tony Award-winning revival of "Chicago," "Words & Music" will also include concert presentations of two other classic American musicals: "Purlie," starring Stephanie Mills (July 30-Aug. 2), and "Where's Charley?", starring Dick Van Patten (Aug. 13-16).

"Words & Music" is presented in the Eisenhower Theater of the Kennedy Center, off Virginia and New Hampshire avenues N.W., Washington. Show times for "Bells Are Ringing" are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35-$50. Call 800-444-1324.

Pub Date: 7/16/98

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