Four-time Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Valerie Harper triumphantly returns to Fort Lauderdale in the National Tour of Matthew Lombardo's madcap comedy LOOPED, February 26–March 3, 2013 at The Parker Playhouse.
The original Broadway production will again be directed by Rob Ruggiero. Based on a true story, LOOPED takes place in the summer of 1965, when an inebriated Tallulah Bankhead (Harper) stumbled into a sound studio to re-record (or "loop") one line of dialogue for her last movie Die, Die, My Darling. Given her intoxicated state and her inability to loop the line perfectly, what ensues is a hilarious showdown between an uptight and conservative film editor, Danny Miller, and the outrageous legend.
LOOPED had its World Premiere at The Pasadena Playhouse in 2008 where it became one of the highest grossing plays in that theatre's history. Having played the Cuillo Center for Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, LOOPED again broke all box office records and later had another successful run at Arena Stage in Washington, DC before moving to Broadway's Lyceum Theatren in 2010.
Ms. Harper received rave reviews from the critics as celebrity bad girl Tallulah Bankhead and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress.
Lombardo's play has been labeled as one of the funniest comedies in years.
"I am thrilled to be resuming the role of Tallulah Bankhead in a play that has brought me so much joy and excitement!" Harper said in a statement. "I love playing this role! LOOPED has been such a fun and rewarding journey and I am so looking forward to returning to South Florida and bringing this hysterically funny comedy to Broward Center audiences!"
Actress, playwright and director are no strangers to South Florida audiences. Harper previously appeared in All Under Heaven at The Royal Poinciana Playhouse; Agnes of God and Golda's Balcony at the Parker Playhouse; and the pre-Broadway engagement of Looped at The Cuillo Center for the Performing Arts.
Playwright Lombardo, a part-time Fort Lauderdale resident, also has had many productions staged here including Tea at Five (starring Kate Mulgrew) and Looped at the Cuillo Center for the Performing Arts; High (starring Kathleen Turner) and the revival of Tea at Five (starring Tovah Feldshuh), both at The Parker Playhouse.
Director Ruggiero staged All Under Heaven, Looped, High and the Florida Stage production of Ella which he also conceived.
LOOPED is a co-production between The Broward Center for the Performing Arts and Tony Cacciotti, Ann Cady Scott and The Tallulah Organization in association with The Pasadena Playhouse.
The design team includes Adrian Jones (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes), Michael Gilliam (lighting) and Michael Hooker (sound).