Abe Burrows’ classic farce Cactus Flower will return to the New York stage, starring stage and screen favorite Maxwell Caulfield (Grease 2) and TV regular Lois Robbins (“Ryan’s Hope”), it was announced today. Michael Bush will direct the upcoming revival, which begins previews on Thursday, February 24 with an official opening night set for Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Westside Theatre Upstairs (407 West 43 Street, NYC). This production marks the first major revival of the fast-paced comedy, which was one of the biggest Broadway hits of the 1960s.
Cactus Flower tells the story of Julian Winston (Caulfield), a handsome, middle-aged Park Avenue dentist and bachelor, who, to evade commitment, tells his much younger girlfriend Toni that he is married. When Toni demands to meet his fictional wife (Robbins), hilarity ensues!
The cast of Cactus Flower also includes Anthony Reimer (“Rescue Me”), John Herrera (The Times, They are a Changin’), Robin Skye (Parade) and Jeremy Bobb (Is He Dead?), with two additional roles to be announced.
The creative team for Cactus Flower includes Anna Louizos (Scenic Design), Philip Rosenberg (Lighting Design), Karen Ann Ledger (Costume Design) and Brad Berridge (Sound Design).
Cactus Flower premiered on Broadway in December 1965, where it played 1234 performances and starred Lauren Bacall. Gene Zaks later directed a 1969 film adaptation which introduced Goldie Hawn on the big screen and also starred Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman.