One Touch of Venus - Lost Treasures Collection musical on Lakewood's Side Door Stage Feb. 21 & 22, 2014

Click here to Purchase Tickets Feb. 21 & 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM & Sat. Feb. 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM Directed by Ron Daum. Ticket Prices: $20/all seats.

OneTouchOfVenus_web2.jpgThe Lost Treasures Collection, a series of rarely performed musical gems presented in concert/cabaret version on Lakewood Theatre Company's Side Door stage, presents the second offering in its fourth season, the musical One Touch of Venus.

Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.

The production, with stage direction by Ron Daum and musical direction by Jeffrey Kauffman, will be performed for three performances on two dates only, Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7:00 PM and one Saturday matinee, Feb. 22 at 2:00 PM. The show is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging. No sets, no props (free from the usual trappings of a fully staged production). This year's theme focuses on strong women. Our series sponsor for all three shows: Kristin Coleman

One Touch of Venus

Music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Ogden Nash, and book by S. J. Perelman
Based on the novella The Tinted Venus by Thomas Anstey Guthrie

The Story: A long-lost, priceless statue of the goddess Venus (Stephanie Heuston) is found and placed on display in New York. Barber Rodney Hatch (Alexander Salazar) slips the engagement ring intended for his fiancée Gloria (Catherine Olson), onto the finger of the statue. Shazam! The statue comes to life and fixes on Rodney as her liberator and lover. Others in the cast include Caitlin Upshaw, Bobby Jackson and Paige Jones.

Ticket prices are $20 for all seats. Contact the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or Click here to Purchase Single Tickets securely online.

Lakewood Theatre Company's Side Door Stage is an intimate 90-seat cabaret-style venue with general admission seating in the Community Meeting Room at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages are available to purchase before and during the show. In 2013 Lakewood's Lost Treasure Collection series received a PAMTA "Outstanding Contribution to Theatre" award.

History of the Play:
The original Broadway production opened at the Imperial Theatre on October 7, 1943 and closed on February 10, 1945 after 567 performances. It was directed by Elia Kazan, featured choreography by Agnes de Mille. It starred Mary Martin, Kenny Baker and Paula Laurence. Marlene Dietrich reportedly backed out of the title role during rehearsals, calling it "too sexy and profane", which gave Martin the opportunity to establish herself as a Broadway star.

The musical was made into a 1948 film starring Ava Gardner and Robert Walker. Actress Eve Arden co-starred. The movie version changed Hatch's first name from Rodney to Eddie and omitted much of the Broadway score; it received poor reviews.

In 1988, Philip Margo wrote a  made for TV movie version of the story based on The Tinted Venus called The Goddess of Love with Vanna White as Venus.

In 2001, London's first major theatrical run opened at the King's Head Theatre in Islington. With a new adaptation by director Tim Childs it starred Peter Land as Whitelaw Savory, Michael Gyngell, and newcomer Kim Medcalf as Venus. It opened to glowing reviews but failed to transfer to the West End, probably because Childs, with an eye to opening the same production on Broadway, workshopped it with Land reprising his role and Sara Ramirez as Venus in New York two weeks after September 11, 2001. Not surprisingly, New York Producers did not want to commit to producing the piece at that time.

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Ticket Information

Lakewood's 90-seat Side Door Stage theatre is located in the Community Meeting Room at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Tickets are $20 and are available through the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901.

Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.

Click here to Purchase Tickets  | Feb. 21 & 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM, & Sat. Feb. 22 at 2:00 PM. 

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  Ron Daum - Lakewood Theatre Company

  Ron Daum, Director

 Jeffrey Kauffman - music director for One Touch of Venus at Lakewood Theatre Company

  Jeffrey Kauffman, Music Director

Stephanoie Heuston in One Touch of Venus at Lakewood Theatre Company

Stephanie Heuston as Venus

 Alexander Salazar in One Touch of Venus at Lakewood Theatre Compnay, Feb 21-22, 2014

Alexander Salazar

 Catherine Olson in One Touch of Venus at Lakewood Theatre Company, Feb 21-22, 2014

Catherine Olson