BroadwayGlobal shares the best of the best in Broadway breaking news. The little musical that could, "Dames at Sea" AKA "Golddiggers Afloat" introduced stardom for newcomer Bernadette Peters, when the actress playing a role left the musical during rehearsals. The new Broadway production of "Dames at Sea" will set sail on Broadway in 2014 and at the helm is three time Tony Award nominated Director/Choreographer Randy Skinner ("42nd Street", "White Christmas").
"Dames at Sea" has long been a BrodwayGlobal favorite for regional theatres, because it only requires a small cast, the music in memorable, and the choreography offers dazzling tap numbers. "Dames at Sea" played off Broadway running for 575 performances. The hit musicals with a cast of just six, is a big musical that offers show stopping, toe-tapping numbers bringing down the house or theatre.
Theatre Chat is looking forward to hearing who will star in this first time Broadway production. The roles are quite colorful and defined. Each character with clever songs that can present show stopping numbers, or will our recent breaking story "Do Broadway casting companies have to much power on final stars, have it already cast?" "If Ben Affleck can be Batman, why can't Bernadette Peters play Mona on Broadway? While we are casting, let's have a black Captain or at least a few ethnics in the lead roles." Theatre Chat.
The "Dames at Sea" cast of characters include the role of Ruby, which could be simulated to the real star singer/dancer Ruby Keeler - known for her intricate tap rhythms. Ruby is the up and coming Broadway star who has packed all she needs, just her tap shoes. Mona Kent is the belting diva star, then we have a wise cracking chorus girl named Joan, don't forget Joan's boyfriend and tap dancing sailor - Lucky, an aspiring songwriter Dick, and one actor who usually plays both Director Hennsley and the Captain role.
Songs include "Dames at Sea", "Broadway Baby" "The Beguine", "Choo-Choo Honeymoon", "Raining in My Heart", Good Times Are Here To Stay", "It's You", The Sailor of My Dreams", "Singapore Sue", The Mister Of Mine", "The Echo Waltz", "There's Something About You", "Star Tar" and "Let's Have A Simple Wedding". The off Broadway cast recording and London version are both available.
"Dames at Sea" is the winner of the Outer Critics Circle for Best New Musical with book and Lyrics by George Haimshon and Robin Miller. The music by Jim Wise is toe tapping, catchy melodies that capture the hearts of American and beyond. Many may remember the television version starring Ann Margret as Ruby, Ann Miller as Mona... In a day of hit reality TV shows, would in not be ironic that a show that denies reality becomes the big Broadway hit musical of the 2014 season? "It is no monster of a musical like "King Kong", knock out "Rocky" or Disney's whole new world with "Aladdin", but "Dames at Sea" has got legs. toe tapping legs with breathtaking choreography, and music that leaves you wanting more!" BroadwayGlobal.
"It will be interesting to see if "Dames at Sea" Broadway production adds a huge cast of sailors and girl flappers, or keep the small six person cast. Also the song "Singapore Sue" is sometimes omitted, so how will present day Broadway handle this version? The story fits the Hollywood success story of let's put on show format. Below you will find a short description, but the element of tap dancing, clever characters and memorable music is what will make"Dames at Sea" a big Broadway smash musical hit." Theatre Chat.
Ruby leaves Utah to become a big Broadway star and by chance meets an aspiring songwriter Dick from her own hometown. With the theatre being torn down, the piano playing/singing sailor Dick may just be able to save the day or will he? The show must go on, with or without a theatre. The battle takes place on stage with a winning Hollywood story book ending, Ruby performs her heart out on deck of a battleship. The showstopping numbers of "Dames at Sea" may just sink some competition in box office ticket sales.
"The off Broadway cast recording of "Dames at Sea" was released in 1969, with a London cast recording also available. Would it not be amazing to see an original 2014 Broadway cast recording of "Dames at Sea" released in the near future? Hope they will come up with a clever marketing option embracing fans, like that of musical "Pippin" cast recording." Theatre Chat.
"Dames at Sea" on Broadway is produced by Infinity Theater Company and Perry Street Theatricals (Vanya Sonia Masha and Spike). The instant hit musical "Dames at Sea" drops anchor on Broadway in 2014 so get your tickets before it set sails. For more information visit damesatseabroadway.com.