Ten Cents a Dance

Ten Cents a Dance

August 11 – 28

conceived and directed by John Doyle
music by Richard Rodgers
lyrics by Lorenz Hart

Prepare to be bewitched and beguiled by Ten Cents a Dance, a new musical conceived by Doyle, who applies his signature style of engaging a company of actor-musicians to bring to life the extraordinary music of Rodgers and Hart. Crooner Johnny wistfully recalls his lifelong love affair of chorus girl Miss Jones, who is embodied by five women, each portraying a different stage of her life.  As Johnny and Miss Jones take "Manhattan" under a "Blue Moon" while "Falling in Love with Love," you can't help but think "Isn't it Romantic?" - even if sometimes "The Lady is a Tramp."  These and so many other unforgettable songs - filled with infatuation, longing, and enchantment - will sparkle like a glass of champagne on a sexy summer evening.  "All you need is a ticket, come on big boy, ten cents a dance."

Ten Cents a Dance is a recipient of a 2011 Edgerton Foundation New American Plays award and is presented with the generous support of James & Virginia Giddens.

Produced in association with McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, NJ






Diana DiMarzio
Malcolm Gets
Donna McKechnie
Lauren Molina
Jane Pfitsch
Jessica Wright

Press and Media
"Normally, when I get in the car to drive home from Williamstown, the first thing I do is turn on the radio. This time I drove in silence. I didn't want to dislodge all those gossamer voices and visions that Mr. Doyle had spun out of shadows and that continued to play in my head."
New York Times - Ben Brantley

"...Doyle finds ways to suggest beginnings and endings, innocence and disillusionment, the blooming of romance and the souring of romance, in a single song."
Boston Globe - Don Aucoin

"Within this fresh, original, immaculately conceived and performed context, these American Songbook standards are anything but standard. 'Ten Cents a Dance' speaks to the power of song to take narrative storytelling in directions that pierce the heart and fire the imagination."
Berkshire Eagle - Jeff Borak

"If you’re lucky, you see something once a year that makes you realize that theater can reach a level of transcendence... Doyle’s “Ten Cents a Dance” is that kind of musical masterpiece."
WBUR - Ed Siegel

"...a delightful 80 minutes of breezy, tuneful theater."
Talkin' Broadway - Fred Sokol

"...musically terrific!"
WBRK - Ron Lee