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March 11, 2002 – While the Neil Simon comedy "Rumors" continues its run at Pistarckle Theater through the next two weekends, work is gettng under way on the company's next production, "Beguiled Again," a revue of songs by the legendary Broadway musical duo of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.
Trudy Tucker is the director and Sally Smith is the musical director for the production, which will have two performances, May 3 and 4, as a fund-raiser for the not-for-profit theater organization.
Auditions for the show's six singers/actors — three men and three women — will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the theater, located in Tillett Gardens. Those wishing to try out should come prepared to sing a song. Smith will be available to provide accompaniment on keyboards.
This is the centennial year of Rodgers' birth, and theaters across the country are mounting productions featuring the music of the prolific and hugely successful Broadway show composer who collaborated with Hart as lyricist for 24 years and later worked with Oscar Hammerstein II.
The Rodgers and Hart partnership resulted in the scores for 30 stage musicals and nine films. "Beguiled Again," showcasing nearly 50 songs, both enduring standards and lesser-known works, was developed by Florida Stage as part of a summer season dedicated to the exploration of 20th century theater composers. It became the most successful production in the theater's history and was named Best Musical in statewide competition.
Written for the cast of three women and three men accompanied by piano, bass and drums, "Beguiled Again" has no storyline; rather, the songs are grouped in themes. One sequence evokes the frenzy of the production end of the movie business; another is set in the studio of a live radio show. One tune goes through a series of "tryouts" of its own with different sets of lyrics, finally emerging with the ones that worked — as "Blue Moon."
Other favorite show tunes in the show include "Falling in Love with Love," "My Funny Valentine," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "With A Song In My Heart" and of course "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," which has the show's title as its opening line.
For further information about the auditions, call 775-7877.

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