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Iconic television stars come to Lewisville for one weekend show
The second season of Lewisville Summer Musicals continues will a performance featuring stars from beloved television show.
The series continues with three performances of "Love Letters" starring television actors Tony Dow, who played Wally on "Leave it to Beaver," and Joyce DeWitt, who played Janet on "Three's Company." Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater (MCL Grand). Ticket prices for individual shows are $26, $28 or $30, depending on the seating. Discounts are available for seniors, or for groups of 12 or more.
"The big names that go along with this show are helping to drive ticket sales, and it stands to reason that they would, especially for people who were on beloved programs," said Jim Wear, arts center manager. "A lot of people have called, and they are curious about seeing Wally now and a lot of people also want to see Joyce DeWitt."
"Love Letters" is a Pulitzer-nominated script by A.R. Gurney. Even though it is part of the summer musical series, it is a play. The play centers on two characters as they read the hilarious and poignant letters that have passed between them throughout their lives, painting a vivid portrait as their relationship unfolds from what is written -- and what is left unsaid -- in their letters.
"The letters, as the two legendary actors read aloud, create many evocative, touching, frequently funny and always telling situations between a man and a woman who are physically apart but remain as close, spiritually, as two people could be," said Sean McGuirk, director of the play.
Dow is an American film producer, director, sculptor and a television child of the 1950's and 1960's. He is best known for his role as Wally Cleaver in the television sitcom "Leave it To Beaver," which ran in prime time from 1957 to 1963 and received three Emmy nominations.
DeWitt is best known to audiences for her starring role as Janet Wood in the ABC hit series "Three's Company." She has an extensive background in theater as both an actress and a director. She recently starred with Tab Hunter in "Love Letters," the Off Broadway hit "Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage!" and the Tony-winning play "The Last Night of Ballyhoo." She was in the North American premiere of the Australian comedy "Daylight Savings" and the Broadway musical "Olympus on My Mind," where she completed the cast recording.
"Because the play is about a long relationship there are things about it that more mature people will get, but anybody who has a romantic bone in their body will find something to love about this," Wear said. "It has whit and humor in addition to romance."
Both stars will greet audience members in the MCL Grand lobby after each performance.
The series is presented by Texas Family Musicals, which debuted the summer musicals in Lewisville last year. Season ticket packages are further discounted and can be purchased for five, six or seven shows.
"Tickets are still available and will also be sold the day of the show through the box office," Wear said. "The first year the shows were very good and in general the responses were very strong and positive. We knew the musical series would grow because of it."
2012 Lewisville Summer Musicals
"The Foreigner" -- June 15 at 7:30 p.m. and June 16 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
"America the Beautiful 2012" -- July 6 at 7:30 p.m. and June 7 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
"A Chorus Line" -- July 20 at 7:30 p.m. and July 21 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
"The Night the Music Died" -- Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 4 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
"British Invasion" -- Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 11 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 18 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
"Rocky Mountain High: The world of John Denver" -- Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 25 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Ticket information: www.TexasFamilyMusicals.com or 800-547-4697
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