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Bingo' a new musical comedy, Klea Blackhurst to join cast

Klea Blackhurst will join the cast of Bingo playing the role of Bernice, she replaces Ann Crumb who recently left the show after a parting of the ways with the producers.

Klea Blackhurst is best known for her tributes to Ethel Merman, 'Everything the Traffic Will Allow' and to Broadway composer Vernon Duke ' which played at New York's Caf� Carlyle. She recently made her Carnigie Hall debut starring with Michael Feinstein in an evening devoted to the work of composer, Jule Styne. She sang the role of Ado Annie in the 2002 BBC prom's special concert version of 'Oklahoma!' Off-Broadway credits include 'By Jupiter,' 'Radio Gals' and 'Oil City Symphony.'

Bingo also stars Chevi Colton (Minnie), Liz Larsen (Honey), Liz McCartney (Vern), Beth Malone (Alison), Janet Metz (Patsy), and Patrick Ryan Sullivan (Sam/Frank).

Bingo is a new musical comedy, opening at the Theatre at St Luke's on the 7 Nov 2005, following previews from the 21 Oct 2005.

In this environmental musical comedy, the audience gets to join in the Bingo game at Hamerin County�s St. Luke�s Church basement, where they will meet, among others, Vern, Honey and Patsy: three pals that have driven through Hurricane Dora in the name of their weekly obsession. In between the number calling, strange rituals and fierce competitions, love blossoms and estranged friends reunite, sending everyone home a winner.

Bingo has book by Michael Heitzman and Ilene Reid, with lyrics and music by Michael Heitzman, Ilene Reid and David Holcenberg. The musical is directed by Thomas Caruso and as choreography by Lisa Stevens.

Bingo has scenic design by Eric Renschler; costume design by Carol Brys; lighting design by John Viesta and sound design by Lewis Mead. The musical features orchestrations by Steve Bishop.

Bingo had its world premiere production in 2001 at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse, with subsequent productions at the Ordway Center of the Performing Arts in Minnesota in 2001 and the Adirondack Theatre Festival in 2003.

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