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Dames At Sea

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Dames At Sea Summary

    Show Status: Closed Genre: Musical – Revival Dames At Sea is 2 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes 6 Shows per week Previews Began: September 24, 2015 Show Opened: October 22, 2015 Show Closed: January 3, 2016

Dames at Sea is an homage to the gaudy musicals of the 1930s, telling the tale of an understudy of a struggling Broadway show who makes her way to stardom. Though the show originally premiered Off-Broadway in 1966, and also had a successful run in the West End, this is its Broadway debut.

Dames At Sea on Broadway Background

Dames At Sea is a musical with book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, and a musical score by Jim Wise. This production is directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner, who has never before directed on Broadway but who has choreographed on multiple occasions, including Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, After the Night and the Music, and 42nd Street. The show is mounted at the Helen Hayes Theatre, which was recently sold to the Off-Broadway not for profit institution Second Stage Theatre, although this production is renting the newly purchased venue rather than being produced by Second Stage.

Interestingly, the originally production featured Bernadette Peters before she was a known commodity, since which time she has gone on to win multiple Tony Awards. Still, that production never made it to Broadway, but now the show will finally have its chance to shine.

What’s Dames At Sea Like?

When the show played in the 1960s, the New York Times critic Clive Barnes called it “knowing and cute.” That may seem like an understatement, but the show is clearly a treasure from a previous era. Whereas the original production featured just six performers, this production will not scale it up hugely. Rather than featuring a gigantic ensemble like many shows do, the approach for this production of Dames at Sea is to let each actor and dancer perform his or her own number, rather than getting lost in a sea of dancing bodies. The show is sure to be a barrel full of laughs, as the tale of a Broadway production being performed out of desperation on a naval battleship promises to be a very fun evening.

Is Dames At Sea Good for Kids?

Yes, the show is appropriate for children. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Dames at Sea is an homage to the gaudy musicals of the 1930s, telling the tale of an understudy of a struggling Broadway show who makes her way to stardom. Though the show originally premiered Off-Broadway in 1966, and also had a successful run in the West End, this is its Broadway debut.

‘Dames at Sea’ taps into something good

If “Dames at Sea” were a big movie musical, which the production at the Wick Theatre in Boca Raton works very hard to evoke, it would have lots of extras milling about.

Well, this stage musical doesn’t have a chorus filling in all the open spots upstage. All that would just get in the way, since the whole joke here, delivered with a wink and a nudge, is how this campy riff on Busby Berkeley musicals makes do with six swell cast members and a four-piece band.

Under the deft helmsmanship of director Michael Ursua, “Dames at Sea” has everything else: snippy dialogue, sparkly costumes, snazzy songs and snappy dancing. Oh, yes, how they do tap-dance in this show-within-a-show, conjuring up razzle-dazzle moments from the films “Dames at Sea” emulates. Think “42nd Street,” “Footlight Parade” and all those “Gold Digger” movies from the 1930s.

The show started out as a sort of cabaret sketch in 1966, and you can still detect that embryonic beginning, even though the musical comedy was beefed up for an off-Broadway run starting in 1968, with Bernadette Peters in the lead role. So sure, the plot for “Dames at Sea” is wafer-thin, and the easy, breezy feel is as light as a meringue, but you just have to laugh at any show that can deliver the line: “You’re going out on that poop deck a chorus girl, but you’re coming back a star.”

Shipshape musical comedy staged at Boca Raton theater.