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‘Little Ladies:’ Millbrook Playhouse plans virtual play

Millbrook Playhouse is proud to bring back, via virtual viewing, one of its most beloved comedies, featuring some of Millbrook’s popular actors, Ken Ludwig’s ‘Leading Ladies,’ to premiere on Friday, June 19. This will be a virtual fundraiser, a news release said.

“Leading Ladies” offers fun, laughter and mistaken identities. Out of work, actors, Leo and Jack, learn that heiress Florence Snyder has left part of her fortune to her long-lost relatives, Max and Steve. They decide to impersonate them, collect the money and run off to California. The trouble is they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces! With nothing but a few costumes for some of Shakespeare’s most famous female characters, such as Cleopatra and Titania, Queen of the Fairies, they decide to give it a try.

Things become more complicated when Leo, as Maxine, begins to fall for Florence’s niece, Meg. Worse, Meg is engaged to the local minister, Duncan, who is immediately suspicious of the “ladies.” Poor Jack can’t help but fall for the lovely, but ditzy, Audrey, yet his alter ego, Stephanie, has drawn the eye of both Doc and his son, Butch. Their desperate attempts to keep themselves undercover (and in high heels) will have audiences rolling on the floor.

Robert Schneider directed the 2015 production and will direct the virtual production. Schneider has led some of Millbrook Playhouse’s most popular comedies: “Rock of Ages;” “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change;” and “Spamalot.”

This virtual benefit will include members from the 2015 production: James Cella as Leo; Brett Epstein as Jack; Alexandra Amadeo Frost as Meg; Grace Experience as Audrey; Paul Moore as Doc; Brady Adair as Duncan; Shannon Agnew as Florence; and Andrew Garret Karl as Butch.

Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies” will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Friday and will be available through 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Prior to the Friday performance, viewers can join the cast and director on Millbrook’s Facebook page for a virtual “Red Carpet,” starting at 6:30 p.m. The production will be available to stream immediately following the red carpet.

Millbrook is asking for a minimum donation to view this performance. Donations help cover the licensing fees paid to the rights holders, as well as support Millbrook Playhouse.

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