THE RINK @ The Cape Playhouse

Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Book by Terrence McNally



Musical Direction by Andrew Gerle, Choreograpy by Jennifer Paulson-Lee, Set Design by Dan Meeker, Costume Design by Janine McCabe, Lighting Design by Christopher Chambers, Stage Manager – Marci Glotzer, Artistic Director – Evans Haile


I am still trying to locate some more production stills.  Here are some rehearsal shots from when mentor-friends John Kander and Richard Maltby, Jr. attended.


(Reviews Below Slideshow)


Leslie Uggams
Leslie Uggams
Janet Metz and Leslie Uggams
Janet Metz and Leslie Uggams
Richard Maltby, Jr., Michael Unger and John Kander
Richard Maltby, Jr., Michael Unger and John Kander
Leslie Uggams, John Kander and Janet Metz
Leslie Uggams, John Kander and Janet Metz
Janet Metz, Leslie Uggams, John Kander and Michael Unger
Janet Metz, Leslie Uggams, John Kander and Michael Unger
Michael Unger, John Kander, Michael Minarik, Janet Metz and Leslie Uggams
Michael Unger, John Kander, Michael Minarik, Janet Metz and Leslie Uggams
Jennifer Paulson-Lee, Michael Unger, John Kander and Andrew Gerle (at piano)
Jennifer Paulson-Lee, Michael Unger, John Kander and Andrew Gerle (at piano)
Full Company with John Kander after final rehearsal room run through
Full Company with John Kander after final rehearsal room run through
Outside the theatre
Outside the theatre
The set (By Dan Meeker)
The set (By Dan Meeker)
The set #2 (by Dan Meeker)
The set #2 (by Dan Meeker)


“Director Michael Unger has delivered a musical with quirky, captivating charm that is reminiscent of the debut of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at Barrington Stage two summers ago, which he also helmed. That offbeat phenomenon quickly found a home on Broadway. This show has the potential to make a comparable leap.” (Boston Globe)

“It takes considerable legerdemain to balance a story of family dysfunction with the periodic upbeat numbers that a musical needs to stay afloat. Fortunately, director Michael Unger never lets the pace flag or the tone go maudlin. The show’s “sour” quality reads today as refreshingly astringent… if there’s any fairness in the world, this show will eventually find its way back to Broadway.  Do what you can to catch this stellar production of The Rink during its short run.” (TheatreMania)

“Director Michael Unger takes a real bite out of the word “challenge.” The Cape Playhouse has a small stage and he maneuvered the actors amazingly.” (Cape Cod Today)