With Hal Holbrook and George Voskovec in the two-character cast, "Do You Know the Milky Way?" will open here the week of Oct. 2 at the Barry-more. This was confirmed yesterday by Paul Feigay, co-sponsor with Dick Button and Ninon Talon Karlweis.
"THE TENDER TRAP" opens at the 41st Street Theatre, 125 West Forty-first Street, at 8 o'clock. A revival of the Max Shulman-Robert Paul Smith comedy, starring Jean Shepherd. Staged by Matt Cimber.
Between 1944 and 1948, when he turned to other pursuits, Mr. Feigay had a hand in the production of four local shows. One of them was the memorable "On the Town," which focused the spotlight on such Broadway newcomers as Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jerome Robbins.
Mr. Button is the former Olympic ice-skating champion, who is associated with Mr. Feigay in stage and TV projects. Their partner, Mrs. Karlweis, is a well-known agent for foreign plays.
The script came from Germany and was written by Karl Witt-linger. Successfully produced in Cologne in 1957, the play is reported to have established a German record for the 1958-59 season. During that period, thirty-three different productions were given for a total run of 673 performances. Around that time, Leo Kerz promised to bring it here, but did not.
Well Received in Vancouver
The North American premiere took place last Friday in Vancouver, B. C., where it was directed by Herbert Berghof. The favorable reaction prompted everyone concerned to accelerate Broadway arrangements. The play will remain in Vancouver until Sept. 2. The next stop will be Detroit on Sept. 18. Combining fantasy and realism, the plot, which was adapted by Lyon Phelps, unfolds in a mental hospital. Mr. Voskovec's acting assignment requires him to interpret a dozen roles, including such diverse ones as a psychiatrist, a narcotics addict, a judge, a district attorney and a defense attorney.
Mr. Holbrook, who gained recognition for his impersonation of Mark Twain in a one-man show, will portray a patient - a former German soldier who has written a play. His play is performed by him and Mr. Voskovec in the Social hall of the sanitarium. The audience in the theatre will represent patients from various wards.
Last June, Walter Slezak announced he would act the stint lone by Mr. Voskovec. At that time, Mr. Slezak said he had agreed to do so because of the quality of the script and the opportunity it afforded him of delineating a gallery of characters.
Asked why he changed his mind, Mr. Slezak said the management was slow in sending him a contract. When a lucrative offer came along to act in the film, "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm," he accepted it.
Juliet Mills Sought
Juliet Mills, daughter of John Mills, may return to Broadway. The young British actress, who demonstrated her ability in "Five Finger Exercise," her first stage appearance here, is sought for the feminine lead in "Sunday in New York." If there is no hitch, she will be called upon to limn an attractive American girl in Norman Krasna's romantic comedy. Garson Karlin is to stage the offering, a late November entry at the Cort.
Holiday for Albee Plays
Performances of the Cherry Lane's program of Edward Al-bee's brace of short plays, "The American Dream" and "The . Death of Bessie Smith," will be omitted Sept. 12 through Sept. 22. For that period, members of the troupe, with the exception of John C. Becher, will receive a paid vacation.
Mr. Becher will appear in the Cherry Lane's next attraction, "Happy Days." Previews will be given 'Sept. 12 through Sunday afternoon, Sept. 17. At 7:30 P. M. on Sept. 17, the curtain will go up on the world premiere of the play, a drama by Samuel Beckett.
After the opening, a repertory system will be installed by the producers of both presentations, Richard Barr and Clinton Wilder. Beginning Sept. 19, "Happy Days" will hold forth Tuesday through Friday nights. Thereafter, Mr. Albee's double bill will be put on twice on Saturdays as well as on Sundays.
'Cockeyed Hite' Music
Gordon Eis of WQXR has composed incidental music for "Cockeyed Kite." . . . The leading role in "Misalliance" will be acted by Colette Wolff. . .
K. C. Townsend, young actress, will appear in "I Want You." ||
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