Thursday, May 31, 2007
The Ritz: Studio 54 To Transform Into Baths
Talk about coming full circle. The erstwhile den of 70s hedonism -- Studio 54 -- is headed back in a decadent direction this fall as the Roundabout Theatre Company transforms the space back to the gloryhole days of The Ritz.
With Joe Mantello at the helm, this will mark the second revival of Terrence McNally's 1975 seminal steamy sex farce set in the Big Apple's gay baths -- the first revival, which opened at the onset of the AIDS crisis in May 1983, closed after one regular performance.
This time around, Kevin Chamberlin (one of my faves since seeing him in Dirty Blonde) and Rosie Perez (who blew me away in the 2004 revival of Reckless) take the roles created on Broadway by Jack Weston and Rita Moreno, respectively, back in 1975. Moreno even took home a Tony for her efforts and the show ran for nearly a year.
Previews for the revival are set to begin September 14, with the opening scheduled for October 11. The comedy will enjoy a limited run through December 2.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).