The first-ever Broadway production of Dames at Sea will sail onto the Great White Way in 2014, directed and choreographed by three-time Tony nominee Randy Skinner. Featuring a book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller and music by Jim Wise, the production will include musical direction by Rob Berman. Casting, dates and a Broadway theater will be announced shortly.
Skinner’s production of Dames at Sea debuted at the Infinity Theatre Company in Annapolis, MD, in 2012, starring Megan Kelley, Eric Huffman and Darien Crago. Dames at Sea originally opened at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre in 1968 in a production starring Bernadette Peters, then transferred to the Theater de Lys (now the Lucille Lortel Theatre) in 1969, where it played for 575 performances.
Dames at Sea tells the story of Ruby, who steps off a bus from Utah and into her first Broadway show. But hours before the opening night curtain is set to rise, the cast learns that their theater is being demolished. With the help of some adoring sailors, Ruby and the cast set a plan in motion to perform the show in a naval battleship.
As a choreographer, Skinner garnered Tony nominations for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, 42nd Street and Ain’t Broadway Grand. His additional Broadway choreography credits include State Fair, a show he co-directed, and After the Night and the Music.