Fresh off his staging duties for the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s production of The Visit, John Doyle will direct Malcolm Gets, Elizabeth A. Davis, Alma Cuervo, Claybourne Elder and Jane Pfitsch in an off-Broadway revival of Allegro. Doyle’s also designing the unconventional show’s sets.
Previews for the Classic Stage Company production are set to begin November 1, with the opening on November 19. The run at the East 13th Street mainstay is slated to end on December 7. The show will have costumes by Tony winner Ann Hould-Ward, lighting by Jane Cox and sound by Dan Moses Schreier.
The 1947 musical was Rodgers & Hammerstein’s third collaboration, following the smash successes of Oklahoma! and Carousel. The Theatre Guild production told the story of Joseph Taylor Jr, a small-town doctor like his father whose ambivalent ambitions take him to the big city of Chicago. As R&H’s most serious-themed show yet, it was too dark, too overpopulated (the original cast numbered 67) and experimental (there was no standard set) to sustain a long run. It closed after a disappointing nine-month run. Unlike the two prior shows (and nearly all that came after), Allegro produced only one song that had a significant life beyond the show: the cabaret standard “The Gentleman Is A Dope.” Subsequent revivals have seen trimming of cast and script.