Olney opens season with `Dames'

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February 27, 2003|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Atap-dancing chorus is kicking up its heels to kick off Olney Theatre Center's 2003 season with the musical Dames at Sea, opening Wednesday.

Similar in plot and themes to 42nd Street, Dames also focuses on a young hopeful who arrives in New York with Broadway aspirations. Cast in the chorus of a show called Dames at Sea, she quickly finds love and stardom. Meanwhile, the show-within-a-show unexpectedly winds up making its debut on a battleship. The 1968 musical has music by Jim Wise and a book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller.

Although Olney has opened its previous four seasons with musicals cast with fledgling actors, Dames at Sea - which is currently in previews - features an all-professional cast headed by Meghan Touey in the role created by Bernadette Peters (and subsequently played by Pia Zadora, among others). Her love interest is played by Sol Baird. Direction is by Dallett Norris.

Show times at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and most Sundays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; matinees at 2 p.m. Sundays and most Saturdays, through March 30. Tickets are $15-$35. Call 301-924-3400.

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