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Judy Garland Returns to Hollywood, Little Edie Beale Takes Seattle & More Cross-Country Highlights

Judy Garland Returns to Hollywood, Little Edie Beale Takes Seattle & More Cross-Country Highlights
Edward Gero & Nancy Opel in 'Hello, Dolly!,' Tracie Bennett in 'End of the Rainbow,'
Jessica Lee Goldyn, Patti Cohenour in 'Grey Gardens' & Marianna Bassham
Broadway favorites bring larger-than-life characters to life in this week's Countrywide Guide.

This week, Broadway stars are spreading their wings and bringing their unique talents to a city near you! Our Countrywide Guide spotlights Tony nominee Tracie Bennett in L.A., Broadway fave Nancy Opel in D.C., A Chorus Line vet Jessica Lee Goldyn in PA and more. 

Nancy Opel is D.C.’s Dolly Levi

She's still glowin', she's still crowin'! Tony nominee and Broadway scene-stealer Nancy Opel takes center stage as meddlesome matchmaker Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly! at the historic Ford's Theatre, a co-production with Virginia’s Signature Theatre. Eric Schaeffer (Broadway’s Follies) directs this revival of the beloved Jerry Herman tuner, featuring Edward Gero as Horace Vandergelder. Hello Dolly! is set to run March 15 through May 18.

The Beales Move from East Hampton to Seattle

Seattle theatergoers are in for a treat, as ACT Theatre presents an intimate acoustic performance of the haunting musical Grey Gardens. This co-venture with 5th Avenue Theatre stars Broadway vet Patti Cohenour as Big Edie (Act One) and Little Edie Bouvier Beale (Act Two), with Suzy Hunt as Big Edie in Act Two. Head inside that rotting Hamptons mansion at the Allen Arena Theatre from March 16 through May 26.

A Chorus Gal Trades “Tits & Ass” for “Music and the Mirror”

Jessica Lee Goldyn, who showed off her assets as Val in the first Broadway revival of A Chorus Line, is moving up to play hard-luck heroine Cassie in Fulton Theatre's production of the iconic musical. With a reimagined staging by Marc Robin, the revival also stars Nathaniel Shaw as Zach, Broadway vet Lauralyn McClelland as Shelia, Kristy Cavanaugh as Val and Marisa Rivera as Diana Morales. A Chorus Line kicks it up March 12 through 30.

Rhode Island Gets Real with a Stoppard Classic

If you can’t wait an entire season for the Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning play The Real Thing, take a trip to the Gamm Theatre, near the foodie mecca of Providence, RI, and get your fix. This regional production runs March 14 through April 14 and stars Marianna Bassham, Tom Gleadow, Tony Estrella and Jeanine Kane as two couples whose marriages are on the verge of collapse.

Judy Garland Returns to the City of Angels

Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett is bringing her wildly acclaimed performance as Judy Garland to L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre in Peter Quilter’s End of the Rainbow. The heartbreaking show presents Garland as she arrives in London for a concert engagement at the end of her life, plagued by addiction and self doubt. Don’t miss your opportunity to see Bennett and fellow Tony nominee Michael Cumpsty (as her accompanist), through April 21.

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