Lincoln Center today made official the cast for its revival of Dinner at Eight, the George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber comedy first produced in 1932. Like Morning's at Seven -- another classic American comedy with a time-themed title recently presented by LCT with a John Lee Beatty set -- Dinner is an ensemble piece: The cast for this Gerald Gutierrez-directed project weighs in at a whopping 28 actors.
Familiar names include Christine Ebersole, a Tony Award winner for 42nd Street; Dorothy Loudon, Miss Hannigan in the original production of Annie; and Side Show's Emily Skinner. Byron Jennings, who will play Larry Renault, returns to the dinner table: Aside from Broadway credits including The Invention of Love and the recent Noises Off revival, Jennings had a role in the Roundabout Theatre's Nathan Lane-starred production of The Man Who Came to Dinner.
Opening night for Dinner at Eight is Thursday, December 19 at the Vivian Beaumont at Lincoln Center, with preview performances set to begin on November 21. The show, a witty satire of the lives of socialites in 1930s Manhattan, cleverly depicts the various connections -- romantic, economic, social -- among the many players. In addition to those noted above, the cast of the revival includes Joanne Camp, Rhys Coiro, Kevin Conway, John Dossett, Enid Graham, Joe Grifasi, Simon Jutras, Karl Kenzler, Anne Lange, Mark Lotito, Charlotte Maier, Deborah Mayo, Peter Maloney, Ann McDonough, James Rebhorn, Brian Reddy, Sloane Shelton, Samantha Soule, and David Wohl.