Why did Bernadette Peters sing an entire number from “Dames at Sea” to a dog at this year’s Broadway Barks? It was the first musical in which she starred on a New York stage, Off-Off Broadway at the famous Caffe Cino in 1966.
Nearly half a century later, it’s finally making it to Broadway, set to open October 22, 2015 at the Helen Hayes Theater, with a cast that includes Lesli Margherita who made a terrific Broadway debut as Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda, and John Bolton (Spamalot A Christmas Story, etc.) portraying the Captain.
The photograph above features, from left to right: Margherita as Mona Kent, a temperamental diva; Eloise Kropp who plays the Bernadette Peters part, Ruby, the ingenue; and Mara Davi, who plays Joan, a wise-cracking chorus girl.
Here is how the producers are describing the show: “Ruby steps off a bus in Manhattan, and into her first Broadway show, but hours before the opening night curtain is to rise, the cast learns their theater is being demolished, so it is “all hands on deck” to find a stage to put on the show.”
Below watch Broadway newcomer Danny Gardner sing “Broadway Baby,” and Lesli Margherita sing “That Mister Man of Mine,” which they performed in the August 13, 2015 Broadway in Bryant Park lunchtime concert.