A star is born!
Lynn Wyatt to join Tommy Tune on stage in Houston Grand Opera's Show Boat
La belle Lynn Wyatt, who walked away with top honors at last year's Singing With the Idols benefit for Houston Grand Opera, steps out in a cameo role in HGO's upcoming production of Show Boat, her name on at least the social marquee along with Tommy Tune.
While she won raves for her rendition of "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" at last fall's benefit, Wyatt's lines will be spoken when she plays "the lady on the levee" in the final scene of Show Boat.
"I'm thrilled to be a part of it and it's going to be something different for me," she said. "I'm always up for something challenging and exciting and this will be both."
"I am thrilled that Lynn Wyatt has accepted this engagement for her acting debut.”
And, yes, Wyatt will appear in all the performances. Even if it means making a quick turnaround following the 50th birthday party that Andrew Lloyd Webber is throwing for his wife, Madeleine. They've invited only 50 of their nearest and dearest to the fete in Barbados and Wyatt couldn't miss it.
HGO artistic and music director Patrick Summers extended the invitation for Wyatt to play "the lady on the levee."
“This role has traditionally been played by great personality figures such as the first lady of American cinema, Lillian Gish," he emailed from San Francisco where he is rehearsing for Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick. "And for HGO’s production, it’s important to me to have the part played by an iconic personality who has a long association with this city and with this company. I am thrilled that Lynn Wyatt has accepted this engagement for her acting debut.”
And a long association it is. Wyatt noted that she has been on the opera board since the 1979-80 season and has served as vice chairman of the board for 20 years.
Homegrown talent, nine-time Tony Award winner and Lynn Wyatt pal Tommy Tune will portray Cotton Blossom Captain Andy Hawks.
In a prepared statement, internationally-renowned stage director Francesca Zambello said, “I have long admired the work of Tommy Tune as performer, director and living theatrical legend, so to have the chance to collaborate at HGO on Show Boat will be felicitous. Cap’n Andy is the great showman of his floating theater and I am sure Tommy Tune will bring something unique and fresh to our production. It should not be missed.”
Show Boat, which runs Jan. 18 through Feb. 9, is a co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera.