“One Man, Two Guvnors,”the Richard Bean comedy that won James Corden a Tony Award and helped launch his U.S. performing career, will have its Midwest premiere next year as part of the 2015-16 season of Court Theatre, the company announced Monday.
Heavyhitters such as August Wilson and Eugene O’Neill also are among the eclectic lineup.
Wilson’s “Century Cycle”will be represented by the Tony-nominated “Gem of the Ocean” (Sept. 10-Oct. 11), directed by Ron OJ Parson. Greta Oglesby (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) returns to play Ester, a role she originated in 2003, and will be joined bya cast that includesA.C. Smith, Alfred Wilson, David Alan Anderson and Tyla Abercrumbie.
Charles Newell, Court Theatre’s artistic director, will helm Nicholas Rudall’s “Agamemnon” (Nov. 5-Dec. 6), the second installment of Court’s Greek Cycle. Sandra Marquez stars as Clytemnestra, and Mark Montgomery will portray the title character.
Terry Teachout’s “Satchmo at the Waldorf” will receive itsMidwest premiere Jan. 7-Feb. 7. The world premiere adaptation will be directed by Newell. The play explores the life of legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong as he reminisces about his career backstage after one of his final performances.
O’Neill’s iconic “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” arrives March 10, 2016, and will be directed by playwright David Auburn.
“One Man, Two Guvnors” will be presented May 12-June 12, 2016, and will also be directed by Newell. Set in 1963 on the coast of Brighton and delightfully underscored by a live skiffle band, this comedy with music transforms Goldoni’s 18th century classic “Servant of Two Masters” into modern satire and slapstick. Timothy Edward Kane stars.
After his 2012 Broadway run in the show, Corden went on to star in the film “Into the Woods” and is scheduled to take over as host of CBS’ “Late Late Show” on March 23.
Subscriptions to Court’s 2015-16 season ($90 to $280) are currently on sale. Call (773) 753-4472 or visit www.CourtTheatre.org. Individual tickets for all shows will be available Aug.1.