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Broadway-bound musical premieres at Bristol theater


Bristol Riverside Theatre continues its 2018-19 season with the world premiere of the new musical comedy “The Rivals,” based on the famously funny farce about Mrs. Malaprop, running through Nov. 18.

With book and lyrics by two-time Tony nominee Peter Kellogg and music by two-time Richard Rodgers Award-winner Stephen Weiner, the production is directed by Eric Tucker and choreographed by Jason A. Sparks. Opening night is Thursday, Nov. 1.

The all-star cast features Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris as Mrs. Malaprop, Drama Desk Award winner Ed Dixon as Sir Anthony Absolute, Erin Mackey as Lydia Languish, Kevin Massey as Captain Jack Absolute,Charlotte Maltby as Julia Melville, Chris Dwan as Squire Bob Acres, John Treacy Egan as Sir Lucius McTrigger, Emma Stratton as Lucy, Joe Veale as Thomas, and Jim Weitzer as Faulkland.

“The Rivals” follows the travails of Lydia Languish, a young lady in possession of a large fortune, who will lose two-thirds of that fortune if she marries without the consent of her guardian, Mrs. Malaprop. But, who needs money when you’re in love?

The production at Bristol Riverside Theatre is being produced in association with Joe Davis and Amy E. Gewirtz, who are developing the show for a future Broadway run.

For tickets and information, visit, call 215-785-0100 or visit the box office at 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol.