Gulfshore Playhouse’s SCAPINO to Hold Staged Reading in NYC Today, Dec 3

Jeffrey Binder

Following a record-breaking World Premiere at Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, Fla., the hit play Scapino is headed to New York for the show’s first commercial reading on Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Davenport Theater located at 354 W. 45th Street.

This past Spring, Scapino sold out the entire six-week run of its debut at Naples’ premier professional theater, Gulfshore Playhouse, resulting in the theater’s highest-grossing show in its history.

The runaway hit, based on Moliere’s 17th century French comedy that originally took place in Naples, Italy has been rewritten and re-imagined by Broadway veteran Jeffrey Binder as a mafia comedy now set in the “dangerous streets” of sunny Naples, Fla. Directed by Gulfshore Playhouse Founder and Producing Artistic Director Kristen Coury, this physical comedy is a blend of slapstick and doubletalk, combined with a hysterical mix of political comedy and all-around satire. In this modern take, the dons of two notorious mob families agree to avert a war between their families by marrying off their children. Except (whoops!) one of their kids has already secretly married the woman of his dreams and enlists the mob’s crafty but disgraced consigliere, Scapino, to get them out of this deadly jam and reconcile the two families before they all whack each other. Hilarity ensues.

As a 15-year Broadway veteran, Binder’s New York credits include 11 years as Zazu in The Lion King, as well as George Banks in the hit musical Mary Poppins, both performed at the New Amsterdam Theater on 42nd Street. He’s also appeared in the Tony Award-winning Sideman, and Martin McDonagh‘s The Lieutenant of Innishmore, and more. Binder also serves as Gulfshore Playhouse’s Associate Artistic Director.



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