Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Glendale Centre Theatre Brings Back Man with the Pointed Toes

Man with the Pointed Toes returns April 5 - May 5 to the Glendale Centre Theatre where it had its world premiere as a stage play during the mid 1960’s following a televised production (directed by John Drew Barrymore) for NBC Television’s Matinee Theatre.

A “Pygmalion-in-reverse” story, Man with the Pointed Toes was written by the successful film and Broadway husband and wife team of Lynn and Helen Root. The hilarious comedy centers around a shy, backward cowboy named Tom Coterel who is unschooled in the ways of love. The twist? Tom happens to have more money than a hound dog has fleas. Enter the likes of two beautiful belles: one a gold-digger; the other a tutor in social graces...and you’ve got a Texas size love story with a laugh-a-minute drawl. Tommy Kearney stars in the production with Megan Blakeley, Shawn Cahill, Kelly Hurley, Richard Large, Paul Nieman, Eric Orman, Rosh, and Kelly Smith.

Man With the Pointed Toes will be directed by Allan Dietlein, with musical direction by Steven Applegate, and is produced by Tim Dietlein and Brenda Dietlein. The design team includes Angela Wood (costume design), Tim Dietlein (set design and lighting), Nathan J. Milisavlejevich (sound design), and Caitlin Barbieri (stage manager).

Lynn Root is perhaps best known for his acclaimed 1940 Broadway musical, Cabin in the Sky and its equally successful 1943 Hollywood version, directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Ethel Waters and Duke Ellington.

Lynn and his wife, Helen, met in Los Angeles when she was handling publicity for Warner Brothers studio and Lynn began writing for the movies. Lynn started out as a singer and actor (he was a protégé of Antoinette Perry for whom Broadway’s Tony Awards are named).  He then became a playwright. Among his Broadway shows was The Milky Way (1934) starring Brian Donlevy and Gladys George. In 1936, it became a film vehicle for Harold Lloyd and Adolphe Menjou and was remade in 1946 as Danny Kaye’s The Kid from Brooklyn. After moving to Hollywood, Lynn was put under contract with several studios. He wrote scripts for films that starred Cary Grant, Harold Lloyd, Fred Astaire and Bob Hope, among others.

Performances run April 5 - May 5 at Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale, CA  91203. Reservations and/or ticket purchases may be made by calling (818) 244-8481, or online at www.glendalecentretheatre.com.

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