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by Michael Portantiere


    Lone Star Love had an Off-Broadway run in 2004-2005, and now this Wild West musical based on Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor is prepped to open on Broadway at the Belasco. Directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the show was conceived by John L. Haber, who co-wrote the book with Robert Horn. The score is by Jack Herrick of the Red Clay Ramblers.


    Pictured above are some of the cast's lovely ladies performing "World of Men" at a press preview of five musical numbers from the show, held at the Hilton Theatre Studios on Thursday, August 23.


    Among the production's stars are Dee Hoty (Footloose, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, The Will Rogers Follies, etc.) as Mrs. Page and Lauren Kennedy (Spamalot, Sunset Blvd., Side Show, etc.) as Mrs. Ford.


    Here are Clarke Thorell (best known as the original Corny Collins in Hairspray) as Fenton and Kara Lindsay as Miss Ann Page, singing "Count on My Love."


    Lone Star Love will mark the Broadway debut of Randy Quaid, whose numerous film credits range from The Last Picture Show to Midnight Express to Brokeback Mountain.


    Here's Quaid, as the corpulent Colonel John Falstaff, and company performing "Fat Man Jump."


    Robert Cuccioli, most famous for creating the title roles in Broadway's Jekyll & Hyde, plays Frank Ford in Lone Star Love.


    Here are Cuccioli, Kennedy, Hoty, and Dan Sharkey as George Page in the foot-stomping finale. Lone Star Love begins previews at the Belasco on November 1 and is set to open officially on December 3.

    Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 3:32 PM | Item Link

    Michael Portantiere comes to BroadwayStars with more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for such media outlets as TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has also contributed articles and reviews to AfterElton.com, Playbill, and Stagebill, and has written notes for several major cast albums. Additionally, Michael is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several notable websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.)
    He can be reached at [email protected]

    The last five columns written by Michael Portantiere:

    07/13/2010: Presidential Material

    07/04/2010: Hardy Boy

    06/29/2010: High School Stars

    06/21/2010: Falling in Love Again

    06/17/2010: A Meeting of the 'mos (and Their Friends)

    For a listing of all features written by Michael, click here.