Friday, September 10, 2010

Brooke Shields in a Broadway Bound Musical at the Ahmanson

Photo by Craig Schwartz/Ahmanson Theatre

Everyone has their favorite Brooke Shields era. Whether it's the Pretty Baby/Blue Lagoon period, her Suddenly Susan career comeback, her turn on cable's Lipstick Jungle, or the time she became the object of Tom Cruise's anti-psychiatrist-fueled rage.

But lately Brooke has started a new phase on the stage in shows like Chicago, Cabaret, and Grease. She's adding to her list of live performances starting September 11 at the Ahmanson Theatre when she stars in the world premiere of Leap of Faith alongside Tony-nominee Raul Esparza (Company and Taboo). The show is a musical adaptation of the Steve Martin movie from 1992 about a less than holy tent revival con-man trapped in small town Kansas.

The production is directed by Tony-winner Rob Ashford with music by eight-time Academy Award-winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, and Little Shop of Horrors).

Previews start September 11 and the show runs from October 3 through 24 with hopes of moving to New York. For more information go to the Ahmanson website.

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