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Monkee Micky Dolenz to take lead role in stage play premiere

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Micky Dolenz of The Monkees has been confirmed for the lead role in the new Mike Reiss play “Comedy Is Hard!,” Dolenz's publicist announced May 27. The play premieres Sept. 24 at The Ivoryton Playhouse in Ivoryton, Conn.

The Reiss play, which is set in a home for retired actors, looks at the relationship and rivalry between a retired stand-up comedian and a classical actress. “The opportunity to originate this role in Mike’s new play is terrific,” said Dolenz. “I am ready to unleash my inner comedian.”

Dolenz has previously appeared in theatrical versions of “Grease,” “Pippin’,” “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum,” the Elton John/Tim Rice production of “Aida” and, most recently as Wilbur Turnblad in “Hairspray” in London's West End.

Among his recent activities, Dolenz released a solo album entitled “Remember” and a live album recorded at B.B. King's in New York. He has also participated in several charities, including Rockers On Broadway, for which he was just announced as recipient for their yearly award, which will be presented in November.

Reiss, the author of “I’m Connecticut,” has been a writer and producer for the animated series “The Simpsons”. He also created the animated series “The Critic,” written the webtoon “Queer Duck” and worked on the screenplays for “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” “Horton Hears a Who!,” “The Simpsons: The Movie” and “My Life In Ruins.”

Dolenz along with Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork began a Monkees tour May 22 at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, N.H. The setlist from the opening night, according to setlist.fm: “Last Train to Clarksville,” “Papa Gene's Blues,” “Your Auntie Grizelda,” “The Kind of Girl I Could Love,” “She,” “Sweet Young Thing,” “I'm a Believer” and “(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone.” The show also featured “You Told Me,” “Sunny Girlfriend,” “You Just May Be the One,” “Mary, Mary,” “The Girl I Knew Somewhere,” “Shades of Gray,” “Randy Scouse Git” and “For Pete's Sake.”

Finally, the rest of the set was "No Time,” “The Door Into Summer,” “Words,” “Tapioca Tundra,” “Goin' Down,” “Porpoise Song (Theme From 'Head'),” “Can You Dig It?,” “Circle Sky,” “As We Go Along,” “Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again?,” “Daddy's Song,” “Daydream Believer,” “What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?,” “Listen to the Band” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday.”

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