MetroStage will continue its season with a production of "Noel and Gertie," an entertainment devised by Sheridan Morley, with words and music of Noel Coward, beginning Nov. 13 and running through Dec. 14.
"Noel and Gertie" is a tribute to the enduring friendship and complex relationship between these two icons, both on and off the stage. A compilation of Coward’s songs and scenes from many of his plays, including "Private Lives," "Blithe Spirit" and "Tonight at 8:30," tell the story of these two theater legends.
Nancy Robillard will direct "Noel and Gertie," and it will feature Carl Randolph as Noel Coward and Tracy McMullen as Gertrude Lawrence. Alfredo Pulupa is the music director and accompanist and Stefan Sittig is the choreographer.
Robillard is a New York-based director where she has directed for Theatre for the New City, The Directors Company, HERE, Phoneix Theatre, Queens Theatre in the Park and NYU. Regionally she has directed at Northern Stage, New York State Theatre Institute, Gateway Playhouse, Leatherstocking Theatre and others. At MetroStage she directed last season’s "Sidney Bechet Killed A Man," and most recently, the Tom Stoppard classic farce, "Rough Crossing."
Carl Randolph (Noel Coward) most recently appeared as Ivor Fish in MetroStage’s production of "Rough Crossing" and next January will be seen in "Allegro" at Signature Theatre. He played Eddie Lawrence in "Shear Madness" at the Kennedy Center.
Tracy McMullan (Gertrude Lawrence) has been seen in "Christmas Carol" at Ford’s Theatre, "Side Show" at Signature, and "Pippin" at Round House. This past summer she was chosen to participate in a Cabaret Conference at Yale and studied with Amanda McBroom, Sally Mayes and many others.
Designers are Tracie Duncan, scenic; Adam Magazine, lights; Kate Turner-Walker, costumes; Matt Rowe, sound; and Dayana Yochim, properties. Delia Taylor is the production stage manager.
"Noel and Gertie" will be in performance through Dec. 14, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2 and 7.
Tickets may be ordered from boxofficetickets.com or by calling 1-800-494-8497. Group rates available by calling MetroStage at 703-548-9044.