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."
Produced in association with McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, NJ
Diana DiMarzio Malcolm Gets Donna McKechnie Lauren Molina Jane Pfitsch Jessica Wright
"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