Jennifer Tilly and Melora Hardin are set to star in the upcoming production of “Don’t Dress for Dinner.” Ben Daniels, Adam James and Spencer Kayden also will appear in the farce, which will be directed by Tony Award nominated John Tillinger. Opening day is scheduled for April 26, with previews beginning March 30. The limited engagement will run through June 17.
“Don’t Dress for Dinner” was written by French playwright Marc Camoletti, and originally appeared under the title “Pyjamas Pour Six” in Paris in 1987. The play is a sequel to Camoletti’s play “Boeing-Boeing.”
Melora Hardin is best known for her roles in “Chicago” and NBC’s “The Office,” while Tilly is known for appearing in Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” as well as “The Women.” The latter play was a Roundabout Theatre Company production, as is the new production of “Don’t Dress for Dinner.” The production will be staged at the American Airlines Theatre, and is produced in association with Damian Arnold.
Todd Haimes, artistic director for the Roundabout Theatre Company, commented in earlier production notes that he hopes “Don’t Dress for Dinner” will bring some lightness to many darker productions by the company this year.
“Farce is such a unique genre, and I really want to bring our audiences a strong dose of unabashed delight,” he said. “That was what I felt when I saw John’s production of “Don’t Dress for Dinner” in Chicago – there’s nothing quite like spending a whole evening laughing. I thought John had a fresh take on the play, and it feels incredibly fun and contemporary for having been written nearly 30 years ago.”
Tillenger’s Chicago production of the play ran during the 2008-2009 season and also featured Kayden, who won a Jeff Award for his work. The Broadway version is based on this Chicago production.