Boeing-Boeing: Paige Davis and Rebecca Gayheart to join cast
On the 7 Oct 2008 Paige Davis and Rebecca Gayheart will join Christine Baranski, 2008 Tony Award Winner Mark Rylance, Greg Germann and Missi Pyle in the 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Play Revival, Boeing-Boeing, Marc Camoletti's classic sixties comedy of errors, directed by Matthew Warchus.
Davis will assume the role of Gloria from original cast member Kathryn Hahn and Gayheart will assume the role of Gabriella from original cast member Gina Gershon.
Davis is best known as the host of TV's popular 'Trading Spaces.' Davis has played Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway, as well as the national tours of 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Sweet Charity.'
Gayheart last appeared on Broadway as 'Shelby' in 'Steel Magnolias.' She starred in the FOX drama 'Vanished,' 'Beverly Hills: 90210,' and has guest starred on 'Ugly Betty,' 'Nip/Tuck,' and had a recurring role on 'Dead Like Me.' Her many film credits include 'Nothing to Lose,' 'Scream 2,' 'Jawbreaker,' and 'Urban Legend,' among others.
Boeing-Boeing opened at the Longacre Theatre on 4 May 2008, following previews from 19 Apr and is currently selling tickets through to 8 Fen 2009
The comedy opened to mostly good, but mixed reviews: "This production levitates low burlesque into high comedy." (New York Times); "A breath of fresh laughing gas." (New York Daily News); "As tedious as a flea circus." (New York Post) and "Everybody ... better tape their ribs to prevent fractures from laughing so furiously." (Star Ledger)
In Boeing-Boeing Bernard, a successful architect living in Paris, thought he could easily cope with his three air hostess fianees. It was all a question of timetables and a reliable, long-suffering housekeeper who reluctantly has the role of romantic air-traffic controller. When old school chum Robert arrives, Bernard relishes the chance to show his wide-eyed friend his first-class operation at work. Unfortunately, schedules change, flights are delayed and a new turbo-charged Boeing aircraft is introduced: chaos ensues in this whirl of mayhem and matchmaking.
Boeing-Boeing, by Marc Camoletti and translated by Beverley Cross, played at London's Comedy Theatre from 3 Feb 2007 - 5 Jan 2008, to critical acclaim: ï¿½Sheer, silly, comic pleasure.ï¿½ (Evening Standard); ï¿½Loving production, achieves a kind of delirium.ï¿½ (Guardian) and ï¿½Refreshingly hilarious.ï¿½ (Times).
The London production of Boeing-Boeing was honored with two 2008 Oliver Award nominations: Best Revival and Best Actor in a Play, Mark Rylance.
The London cast, also directed by Matthew Warchus, featured Mark Rylance, Roger Allam, Frances De La Tour, Daisy Beaumont, Michelle Gomez and Tamzin Outhwaite.
Boeing-Boeing features set and costume design by Rob Howell, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, original music by Claire Van Kampen and sound by Simon Baker.
The comedy is being produced on Broadway by Sonia Friedman Productions/Bob Boyett, Act Productions/Matthew Byam Shaw, Robert G. Bartner and The Weinstein Compa.
Boeing-Boeing had its world premiere in London in the 60's, where it played for over 2,000 performances. The show transferred to Broadway in 1965, but ran for only 23 performances.
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