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Leslie Kritzer and Michael McGrath to Star in Born Yesterday at Cape Playhouse


Fresh from her run in A Catered Affair, Leslie Kritzer will co-star with Tony Award nominee Michael McGrath in Garson Kanin's 1940s comedy Born Yesterday at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA. Directed by Pamela Hunt, the production's limited engagement runs August 18 through 30.

Born Yesterday centers on a crude tycoon McGrath who brings his showgirl mistress Kritzer to Washington D.C. in the hopes of swaying a few congressmen with her charms. When her social and intellectual ignorance threatens his business plan, he hires a journalist to give her a crash course in history, politics and literature—an education that enables her to see him for the crook he is, as well as ignite a romance with her new tutor.

Kritzer played bride-to-be Jane Hurley in the Broadway production of A Catered Affair, which earned her a 2008 Drama Desk Award nomination. Her other Broadway credits include Legally Blonde and Hairspray. Off-Broadway, she's been seen in The Great American Trailer Park Musical Drama Desk Nomination, Bat Boy and Godspell. In 2007 she also received a Special Achievement MAC Award for her show Leslie Kritzer Is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches.

Born Yesterday marks McGrath's second production at the Cape Playhouse this season, as he also starred in A Day in Hollywood/A Night at the Ukraine in early July. Last seen on Broadway in Is He Dead?, McGrath earned Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations in 2005 for his performance as Patsy in Spamalot. In 1996, he received a Theatre World Award for his appearance in Swinging on a Star. His other Broadway credits include Little Me, Anything Goes and Wonderful Town.

Completing the cast will be Ross Bickell Wrong Mountain, Noises Off, Michael Keyloun Lend Me a Tenor, David Furr Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf, Cymbeline, Suzanna Hay A Month in the Country, Dance of Death and Brad Bellamy.

Other shows appearing at the Cape Playhouse this season include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels through August 2, Leader of the PackAugust 4 through 16 and The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith September 1 through 13.

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