How does one man stay secretly engaged to three sexy flight attendant fiancées at the same time? Make sure they work for different international airlines. Make sure to know the flight timetables. And make sure it’s the ’60s.
This fall, the Department of Drama at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM Drama) and the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center proudly present the Tony Award-winning comedy Boeing Boeing, playing weekends Nov. 8-24 at the Carnegie in Covington, Ky. The production is directed by CCM’s new Assistant Professor of Drama Brant Russell in his Greater Cincinnati debut.
The comedy has Bernard engaged to Gloria. And to Gabriella. And to Gretchen. Three beautiful flight attendants kept secret from each other only by Bernard’s precise timetables of flights in and out of Paris. But when Boeing invents a faster engine, Bernard’s three foxy fiancées converge on his flat at the same time, igniting a mad dash of hidden women and nick-of-time maneuvers as Bernard tries desperately to save his perfect bachelor fantasy.
Throw in a surprise visit by Bernard’s amorous old school chum, Robert, and the reluctant housekeeper Berthe, and the New York Times writes that Boeing Boeing “soars right out of its time zone and into some unpolluted stratosphere of classic physical comedy.”
Debuting in France in 1962, Marc Camoletti’s Boeing Boeing enjoyed its 1965 English-language premiere in London, where it ran for seven years and 2,000 performances on its way to becoming the most performed French play worldwide. In the same year, Boeing Boeingcrossed the pond to the United States, where it nabbed a Tony during its brief stint on Broadway, but more memorably was adapted to a film of the same title, starring Tony Curtis as Bernard and Jerry Lewis at Robert.
The Carnegie’s staging of Boeing Boeing will mark the regional premiere of the 2008 Broadway revival script, as well as the local debut of new CCM faculty member Brant Russell. An accomplished theatre artist and Chicago-land native with extensive experience as a director, actor and playwright, Russell joined the CCM staff this past fall.
“Coming to a place like CCM is exhilarating,” says Russell. “The talented driven students, my gifted colleagues, the international reputation, the insistence on excellence all combine to provide a supportive and challenging atmosphere. I’m very grateful to be here.”
Despite impressive credentials working with nationally renowned playwrights, as well as staff experience with companies such as Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Writers’ Theater and Steppenwolf, Russell admits “Boeing is totally outside of my experience. Staging it will be a bit of an experiment for me, but it’s just the kind of fun experiment that a director really relishes.”
CCM’s co-production with The Carnegie is the fourth collaboration between the two organizations, following recent stagings of In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play and the musical Parade, the latter receiving the League of Cincinnati Theatres award for “Best Musical of 2012-13.”
Presented by CCM Drama and the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center
Written by Marc Camoletti
Translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
Brant Russell, director
Boeing Boeing is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
- 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8
- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9
- 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10*
- 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15
- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16
- 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17*
- 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22
- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23
- 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24
* Performance includes open captioning
Location: Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center; Covington, Ky. 41011
Tickets to Boeing Boeing are $17-$24 and may be purchased online at www.thecarnegie.com or by calling the Carnegie Box Office at 859-957-1940. The Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday from noon – 5 p.m.
Single ticket pricing is $24 for adults, $22 for Carnegie and Enjoy the Arts Members, $19 for groups of 8 or more and $17 for students.
Parking and Directions
Located in the heart of Covington, Ky., and just 10 blocks from the Ohio River, The Carnegie is easy to reach from all directions. The center is across the street from the Covington Fire Department and situated between Robbins and Lynn streets, which lay between 10th and 11th streets. Driving directions are available online at www.thecarnegie.com/directions.
There are a number of safe convenient solutions for parking in close proximity to the Carnegie. In addition to un-metered street parking on all four sides of the center, several surface lots are available. For more information, visit www.thecarnegie.com/parking.
CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Community Sponsor: ArtsWave
Drama Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman & Margaret Straub