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Bryan T. Donovan and Lilly Nelson play the hopelessly square Robert and the flirtatious flight attendant Gretchen (photo by Lauren Kennedy)

Bryan T. Donovan’s Zany Antics as Robert Rocket HSN’s “Boeing-Boeing” into the Comic Stratosphere

“Boeing-Boeing,” the inaugural production of Hot Summer Nights and its newly formed larger parent company, Theatre Raleigh, is a real humdinger, based on Beverley Cross and Francis Evans’ revised English-language script for the critically acclaimed 2008 Broadway revival of Marc Camoletti’s 1960 French sex farce, which is set during the Swinging Sixties in a plush bachelor pad near Paris-Orly Airport.

Ben Nordstrom and Lauren Barone star as the fickle Bernard and his girlfriend Gabriella in "Boeing-Boeing" (photo by Lauren Kennedy)

Hot Summer Nights’ 2012 Season-Opener, “Boeing-Boeing,” Is a Classic French Farce by Marc Camoletti

Hot Summer Nights and its new larger parent company, Theatre Raleigh, will kick off their ambitious 2012 season with a sizzling professional production of “Boeing-Boeing,” Beverley Cross’ English adaptation of a classic French farce by Marc Camoletti (1923-2003), on June 13-17 and 20-24 in the K.D. & Sara Lynn Kennedy Theatre in back of the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC. “Boeing-Boeing” debuted in Paris on Dec. 10, 1960; and Beverley Cross’ English adaptation premiered in London in 1962 and then ran for seven years in the West End.

Tony Award® Nominee Alan Campbell Stars in Hot Summer Nights’ Season Finale “Oh, What a Night!”

Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy’s rollicking musical revue “Oh, What a Night!” features songs from Broadway’s blockbuster musicals, such as “Wicked,” “Jersey Boys,” and “Les Misérables,” and stars Tony nominee Alan Campbell and fellow Broadway veterans Lisa Jolley and Ray Walker.

Raleigh's Lauren Kennedy stars as Violet, with Melvin Tunstall III (left) and Jason Sharp

Lauren Kennedy Sizzles in “Violet,” But Shares the Spotlight with Melvin Tunstall and Yolanda Rabun

The current Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy production of “Violet: A New Musical” is hot, hot, hot. Raleigh native Lauren Kennedy provides much of the sizzle in this Southern-fried 1997 Off-Broadway musical comedy, and Melvin Tunstall III and Yolanda W. Rabun add pizzazz.

Raleigh's Lauren Kennedy stars as Violet

Broadway’s Lauren Kennedy Will Star in “Violet: A New Musical” at Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy

Critically acclaimed Broadway star Lauren Kennedy will return to her hometown next week to tackle the title role in Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy’s upcoming production of “Violet: A New Musical,” a 1997 Off-Broadway musical based on N.C. author Doris Betts’ 1973 short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim.”