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Rachel York takes on Cruella de Vil in 'Dalmatians' musical

August 25, 2009 | 10:45 am

York Broadway actress Rachel York is going to have to learn to sing and dance in heavy fur coats for her latest stage role.

York will play the fur-loving uber-villainess Cruella de Vil in the new stage musical "101 Dalmatians," which is set to open at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on June 8, 2010, for a two-week run as part of the Broadway/L.A. series.

The show, directed by Tony winner Jerry Zaks, will premiere as a North American tour that will kick off in October in Minneapolis.

York earned acclaim and a Drama Desk award for her role in the 1996 Broadway adaptation of "Victor/Victoria," in which she performed alongside Julie Andrews. Her other notable appearances have been in "Kiss Me, Kate," in a touring production in Los Angeles and in a London production that was taped and broadcast on television, as well as the new musical "Turn of the Century" at Chicago's Goodman Theater, with Jeff Daniels.

"Dalmatians" is based on the original novel and not on the popular Disney animated film, with book and lyrics by B.T. McNicholl and music and lyrics by Dennis DeYoung, a founding member of the band Styx.

-- David Ng

Photo: Rachel York. Credit: Broadway / LA