Andrew C. McGibbon
PRINCIPAL CAST CHANGES ANNOUNCED FOR
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
THE LONGEST-RUNNING SHOW IN BROADWAY HISTORY
TO RETURN AS BROADWAY’S
“MAN BEHIND THE MASK”
SARA JEAN FORD
TO TAKE OVER THE ROLE OF CHRISTINE
BOTH BEGINNING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
Broadway’s Box Office Phenomenon now in its 23rd Yearwith over 9,300 Performances and no end in sight
Principal cast changes have been announced for the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the longest-running show in Broadway history. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Group, Inc. and directed by Harold Prince, the musical is in its phenomenal 23rd year in New York, playing at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street).
Broadway favorite Hugh Panaro will return to the title role starting Tuesday evening, September 7. Mr. Panaro has a long association with PHANTOM and is one of the few actors to have been cast as both The Phantom and Raoul in the Broadway production. He first joined the New York cast in December 1990 as Raoul, a role he would play for over two years and more than 900 performances. In February 1999 he was invited to take over the title role, which he played to rave reviews. With over 1,000 performances as The Phantom, he’s so far performed in over 2,000 performances of the Broadway production.
Former PHANTOM National Tour star Sara Jean Ford will take over the leading role of Christine in the Broadway production, also beginning performances Tuesday evening, September 7. Ms. Ford originally made her PHANTOM (and Broadway) debut with the New York Company in March 2007 as the Mirror Bride and covering the role of Christine. In September 2007 she took over the role of Christine on the National Tour, playing it for nearly a year.
Mr. Panaro was the tenth of the twelve men cast as Broadway’s “Man Behind the Mask.” Ms. Ford is the fourteeth actress to be cast as Christine in the New York production.
A long-time romantic lead on Broadway, Hugh Panaro’s other credits include the title role in Lestat, Buddy in Side Show, Gaylord Ravenal in Harold Prince’s production of Showboat, Julian in The Red Shoes, Marius in the original production of Les Misérables and the title role in the American premiere of the Cameron Mackintosh production of Martin Guerre. An in-demand performer with symphony orchestras around the world (including touring Europe with Barbara Streisand), he’s also worked in Regional productions across the country. His work at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre won him a Barrymore Award for his starring performance as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and a second nomination for his performance as Fagin in Oliver!.
Sara Jean Ford’s other Broadway credits include the current Broadway revival of A Little Night Music as Mrs. Anderson (Anne/Petra cover) and Finian’s Rainbow as Arlene (Sharon cover). Off-Broadway, she starred as Louisa in the new production of The Fantasticks and can be heard on the original revival cast recording. She’s appeared in Wicked inChicago (Glinda/Nessarosecover), as June in Anyone Can Whistle at City Center for Encores! and originated the role of Nellie Oleson in the national tour of Little House on the Prairie–The Musical.
Mr. Panaro and Ms. Ford succeed two acclaimed, veteran PHANTOM stars:
Mr. Panaro succeeds John Cudia, who also boasts a long history with the musical. He first joined the National Tour in December 1999 and quickly took over the role of Raoul (two years on tour and two and a half years on Broadway), a role that on many occasions in New York he played opposite Mr. Panaro’s Phantom. Mr. Cudia would go on to establish himself as a critically-acclaimed Phantom, first with the National Tour (over 900 performances) and then on Broadway (over 450 performances).
Ms. Ford succeeds Jennifer Hope Wills, who’s played Christine both on Broadway and with the National Tour. She first joined the New York Company in April 2006 as the Christine Alternate. That summer she was invited to play Christine on tour before taking over as the Broadway production’s leading lady in December 2006. Since that time, the popular performer has gone on to play the role over 850 times for New York audiences.
Mr. Cudia and Ms. Wills will together play their final performance on Saturday evening, September 4.
Continuing in their roles with the New York Company are Ryan Silverman (Raoul), George Lee Andrews (Monsieur André), David Cryer (Monsieur Firmin), Patricia Phillips (Carlotta), Cristin J. Hubbard (Madame Giry), Evan Harrington (Piangi) and Heather McFadden (Meg Giry). At certain performances, Marni Raab plays Christine. Mr. Andrews is an original Broadway cast member of PHANTOM and in 2006 was recognized by Guinness World Records as the inaugural record-holder for the performer with the longest time in the same Broadway show – a record he still holds and continues to add to with each performance.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA became the longest-running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006, when it played performance #7486, surpassing the record run of Cats. Incredibly, since breaking that record, the production has played both an additional 4½ years and an additional 1,900 performances. During this time, it’s also become the first and only show in Broadway history to play milestone performances 8,000 and 9,000 and celebrate its 18th through 22nd Anniversaries.
Now in its unprecedented 23rd Year, the Broadway production remains a box office camp and continues to play with no end in sight.
In addition to its longevity records, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is also the most successful stage musical of all time, with worldwide grosses to date estimated in excess of $5 billion (far surpassing the highest-grossing film of all time, Avatar, which has grossed $2.7 billion worldwide). The winner of 7 1988 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the New York production has played over 9,300 performances, been seen by nearly 14 million people and grossed over $780 million.
Worldwide, over 65,000 performances have been seen by 100 million people in 27 countries and 144 cities. There are currently seven productions around the world: London, New York, Budapest (Hungary), Nagoya (Japan), Seoul (Korea), the U.S. National Tour (which concludes its record-breaking run in November 2010) and a revised production in Las Vegas at The Venetian. The original cast-recording, with over 40 million copies sold worldwide, is the best-selling cast recording of all time.
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is directed by Harold Prince. Lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has production design by the late Maria Björnson, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound design by Mick Potter with original sound by Martin Levan. Musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The performance schedule for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Monday evenings at 8PM, Tuesday evenings at 7PM, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8PM, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2PM. Ticket prices range from $26.50 - $121.50 with Premium Tickets also available. To order tickets visit telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200.
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A NEW VERSION OF THE 1978 BROADWAY MUSICAL
NY INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL
BEGINS PERFORMANCES TODAY
The new developmental production of Platinum (www.PlatinumTheMusical.com) starring Donna Bullock (Ragtime, City of Angels, A Class Act) will play the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) as part of the 2010 NY International Fringe Festival. UnsungMusicalsCo. Inc. presents the musical, which will play the following times:
-Tuesday, August 17 at 5 PM
-Wednesday, August 18 at 7:15 PM
-Thursday, August 19 at 11:30 PM
-Friday, August 20 at 2 PM
-Saturday, August 21 at 9:15 PM
Sarah Litzsinger (Beauty and the Beast, Amour), Bruce Sabath (Company), Wayne Wilcox (Coram Boy) and Jay Wilkison (Rent) complete the cast.
With book by Tony Award nominee Will Holt and Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch, music by Tony Award nominee Gary William Friedman and lyrics by Mr. Holt, this new version features revisions and direction by Ben West (How Now, Dow Jones).
An electrifying story of ambition and survival, Platinum follows Lila Halliday (Bullock), a dazzling Hollywood legend trying to make a comeback in the explosive music industry of the 1970s. Determined to reignite her career, she turns to rock star Dan Riley (Wilkison) and finds herself falling for him as they both fight to stay in the game.
This new one-act version of Platinum will be performed by a cast of five and feature two new songs (“This One’s for Me”, “Moments”), with four other musical numbers and eight characters having been eliminated. The production is choreographed by Rommy Sandhu (How Now, Dow Jones, Mary Poppins) with musical arrangements by Mr. Friedman (“The Electric Company”) and musical direction by Fran Minarik (Sessions, The J.A.P. Show).
Said director Ben West: "Platinum is an extraordinary project on which I began working four years ago. In addition to focusing the story, we have redefined the musical language of the show by eliminating four songs and adding two new numbers, one which was cut prior to and another which was written after the original run. The time has also shifted to 1976, the year in which the Recording Industry began issuing platinum certifications. With its unique concept and its exhilarating original material, I am thrilled to be further developing this project as part of the New York International Fringe Festival and look forward to returning Platinum to the stage."
The original Broadway production of Platinum opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on November 12, 1978 starring Alexis Smith under the direction of Joe Layton. The production played 33 performances and received two Tony Award nominations for Smith and co-star Richard Cox. It has not been seen since. An earlier version titled Sunset was directed and choreographed by Tommy Tune at the Studio Arena Theatre in 1977. The authors, Holt and Friedman, revisited their original Sunset in 1983 at the Village Gate. The cabaret production starred Tammy Grimes.
DONNA BULLOCK most recently played Leanne in Jeffrey Sweet’s “Flyovers” and Essie in Take Me Along at the Irish Rep. On Broadway she played Mother in Ragtime (Jefferson Award - Chicago production), Lucy in A Class Act (Ovation Nomination - L.A. production) and Bobbie/Gabby in City of Angels. Some other random theatrical favorites include “Rabbit Hole” at the Huntington in Boston, “Foxfire” with Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, “Sweet Bird of Youth” with Lauren Bacall (both at the Ahmanson in L.A.), “Terra Nova” - Mark Taper Forum), “Me and My Girl” opposite Tim Curry (1st Nat. tour), “Top Girls” at the Public Theater (Obie Award), “Portrait Of Jennie,” Julie Taymor’s “Liberty’s Taken” and Beatrice to her husband, Sherman Howard’s, Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. In addition to numerous television appearances (“Monk,” “Medium,” “Six Feet Under,” “Smallville,” “Frasier,” “Touched by an Angel” to name a few), Donna starred in the brief but critically acclaimed NBC series, "Against the Grain." She was also featured in Wolfgang Peterson's “Air Force One” and “Girl Next Door.”
SARAH LITZSINGER is Broadway's longest running Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Other Broadway credits include Marilyn: An American Fable, Oliver!, Les Miserables and Amour. Sarah also played Eva Peron in the 25th anniversary tour of Evita and starred as the Narrator opposite Donny Osmond in Joseph.... Some of her other favorite roles are: Cathy in The Last 5 Years, Susan in Tick, Tick...Boom! and Cordelia in Falsettos (George Street Playhouse). Sarah is also the recipient of the 2007 Breakout Award at the HBO Aspen comedy Festival (for her comedy act she wrote and starred in with partner, Kate Reinders). She also performed this act at the TBS Comedy Festival at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas in 2008.
BRUCE SABATH Broadway: Larry in Company (2007 Tony® Award - Best Revival). New York: Jerusalem Syndrome (NYMF, American Musical Award), Prince Hal (title role, OOBR Award), The Tempest (Storm Theatre), Fleet Week (Best Musical, FringeNYC), Titanic: The Musical in Concert. Regional/Tour: Frost/Nixon (as Nixon. Caldwell Theatre, Southeast regional premiere), Company (Cincinnati Playhouse), Brookyn Boy (Florida Studio Theatre, Handy® Award), Imaginary Invalid, Lost in Yonkers (Schoolhouse Theater), Cabaret (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Gypsy (Forestburgh Playhouse), Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde, 1776 (WV Public), Victor/Victoria National Tour. Graduate of Harvard, Wharton and the William Esper Studio. www.BruceSabath.com.
WAYNE WILCOX Broadway/New York Theater: Coram Boy, Suddenly, Last Summer (Roundabout Theater), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (New World Stages), A Man Of No Importance (Lincoln Center Theater). Theater Favorites: The Importance of Being Earnest (Paper Mill Playhouse), The Full Monty (Paper Mill Playhouse, Best Actor in a Lead Role-Musical, Award), The Last Five Years (Philadelphia Theater Company), The Sisters Rosensweig (George Street Playhouse). Film/TV: Rent, Interview, “The Gilmore Girls”, “Law and Order”.
JAY WILKISON Broadway - Rent (Roger), National Tour - Rent; TV/FILM - Rabbit Hole, Perfect Stranger, “Nurse Jackie”, “Rescue Me”, “Law & Order”, “One Life To Live” (Riley Colson) & Rent (Filmed Live On Broadway).
WILL HOLT Broadway: Come Summer (Agnes de Mille, Ray Bolger), The Me Nobody Knows (Gary William Friedman; Tony nomination, Drama Desk and Obie Awards), Over Here! (The Andrews Sisters; Tony nomination, Best Musical), Me and Bessie (Linda Hopkins), Music Is (George Abbott), Platinum (Alexis Smith). Off-Broadway: Taking My Turn (Outer Critics’ Circle Award; PBS Great Performances Series), Signs Along the Cynic Route, That Five A.M. Jazz, A Kurt Weill Cabaret. Other work: A Walk on the Wild Side (L.A. Dramalogue Award), Jack (Goodspeed Theater). Mr. Holt is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild.
BRUCE VILANCH has written for the Oscars, the Emmys, the Tonys and the Grammys, winning six Emmy Awards in the process. He has starred on Broadway in Hairspray and has graced the cover of his book, Bruce! My Adventures in the Skin Trade and Other Essays, and his documentary, Get Bruce! He is also appeared on “Hollywood Squares” for four seasons and in his one-man show as well as “It Nearly Wasn't Christmas”, “The Morning After”, “Bosom Buddies”, “The Ice Pirates” and “Call Me Claus”. He devotes endless hours working with such charitable organizations as the Anti-Defamation League, National Foundation for Jewish Culture and numerous AIDS organizations.
GARY WILLIAM FRIEDMAN is the composer of the Tony nominated, Obie Award winning musical The Me Nobody Knows. Other musical theater credits include the Outer Critics’ Circle Award winning musical Taking My Turn (presented on PBS Television's Great Performances Series). Friedman’s symphonic works have been commissioned and performed by orchestras and festivals nationwide. Colloquy, a debut CD of his classical works, was released last fall. Friedman’s music also spans the genres of film scoring and television, where he served as Music Director for T.V.'s "The Electric Company", writing many songs including the popular "Spider Man Theme Song". He has written the arrangements for, and co-produced several critically-acclaimed jazz recordings by vocalist Stevie Holland.
BEN WEST NY Int’l Fringe Festival: How Now, Dow Jones, Minetta Lane Theatre (FringeNYC Excellence Award). Readings: Trav’lin, York Theatre Company. Other NY: Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter, Triad Theatre. Broadway: Old Acquaintance, assistant director and dramaturg; August: Osage County and The Homecoming, assistant producer. Assistant directing credits include the Ravinia Festival production of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, Gunmetal Blues starring Alison Fraser and the premieres of David Grimm’s Chick: The Great Osram, Neil Sedaka’s Breaking Up is Hard to Do and Mary Pat Gleason’s Stopping Traffic. He is the artistic director of UnsungMusicalsCo. Inc.
ROMMY SANDHU has been choreographing and performing across the country for over 15 years. Recent choreography: How Now, Dow Jones (FringeNYC), Encores! Applause (Assoc. to K. Marshall), ...Tom Sawyer (Assoc. to D. Marquez), The Ark (Assoc. to R. Roderick), Breaking Up is Hard to Do (Assoc. to L. Shriver), Ragtime, The Pajama Game, NYC 2012 (Asst. to K. Marshall), Fascinatin’ Rhythm (Assoc. to D. Marquez), Maury Yeston’s Hans Christian Anderson (Assoc. to G. Thacher); pre-Broadway workshops: Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Billy Joel Songbook Musical. Performing: Dance Captain for S. Stroman, K. Marshall and M. Bourne appearing on Broadway in Mary Poppins, Bombay Dreams, Oklahoma!, among others.
FRAN MINARIK has appeared on-stage accompanying Jackie Hoffman in The J.A.P. Show. His music has recently been heard in the documentaries The Making of “The Boys in the Band” and When Ocean Meets Sky and in the short film The Rub. His recent Musical Direction/Conducting credits include the Broadway production of In My Life (Associate Conductor), How Now, Dow Jones, Sessions, My Way and Smokey Joe’s Cafe at the Lyric Theatre and 1776 at Ford’s Theatre. He orchestrated the opening for Broadway Bares XII: A Comic Strip and appeared with Susan Lucci on “All My Children”.
UNSUNGMUSICALSCO. INC. (Ben West, Artistic Director) is a not-for-profit production company dedicated to the preservation of musical theatre through the presentation of infrequently performed works. Focusing primarily on overlooked projects from the Golden Age, both hits and substantive misses, UMC treats each property as a new musical thereby providing a unique collaboration between the artists of today and those of the past. Current projects include new productions of Platinum, Lend an Ear and the critically acclaimed How Now, Dow Jones, the new version of which is available for licensing through Samuel French, Inc.
Colby Day in Association with Burton T. Frey Jr. presents
Ghost of Dracula
Directed by Daniel Johnsen
The bastard child of "Dracula" and "The Breakfast Club," with a lot more blood, and music. There's sex, rocket propelled grenades, and piss made of holy water. There's also a ghost vampire, or vampire ghost. Interchangeable terms? I don't know.
The Connelly Theatre (Fringe Venue #2)
220 E. 4th Street. (Avenues A and B)
L train to 1st Avenue. F train to 2nd Avenue
August 2010 Show Schedule
Friday 13th 7:30 pm
Saturday 14th 5:15 pm
Wednesday 18th 10:45 pm
Tuesday 24th 8:30 pm
Sunday 29th 2 pm
Tickets online $15.00, $18.00 at The Connelly Box Office
All Dates http://www.fringenyc.org/basic_page.php?ltr=G#Ghosto
Louis D. Moreno Appointed Artistic Director of INTAR
INTAR (Eduardo Machado, Artistic Director/John McCormack, Executive Director) today announced the appointment of Louis D. Moreno as their new Artistic Director effective immediately.
INTAR Board Chair Evangeline Morphos stated, “As INTAR moves into its 25th anniversary season, the Board of Directors is very happy to announce that Lou Moreno has been appointed as the new Artistic Director. Moreno brings a wealth of experience to the position, and has been an active member of the company for many years. He is an immensely talented artist and producer, and we look forward to INTAR's continued growth and success. We also want to thank Eduardo Machado for his inspired leadership over the past six years, and we look forward to his continued involvement as a playwright and director."
Eduardo Machado has been INTAR’s Artistic Director since 2004. He is Story Editor for the HBO series “Hung,” as well as Head of Playwriting in the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. A new collection of his plays entitled Havana Is Waiting and Other Plays is due to be published by TCG in the fall. Eduardo is currently writing the new play Hamlet, Prince of Cuba for Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, FL. The play, which will receive its first workshop in September, follows a theatre company in Miami as it rehearses a production of Hamlet that has been set in Cuba during the fall of Batista.
Since arriving in New York in 1989, Louis D. Moreno has participated in over 40 productions, workshops and readings at INTAR. He has worked with many of the great names of INTAR, including Max Ferra, Eduardo Machado, Maria Irene Fornés, Michael John Garcés, Nilo Cruz, and Jose Rivera. In 2005 Louis was awarded a Princess Grace Fellowship for Directing and served for a year as the Associate Artistic Director of INTAR. After leaving INTAR, Moreno became the Associate Artistic Director of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. At Rattlestick, he was the line producer for emerging playwrights such as Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Lucy Thurber, Noah Haidel, Lars Noren, David Grimm and Adam Rapp. He also developed the Dirty Works Lab, an initiative for the development of new plays. In September of 2008, Louis became Co-Artistic Director of Twilight Theatre Company, a group dedicated to new plays and new voices. He produced Prelude to the First Day by Ted LoRusso in collaboration with Sturgis Warner and most recently the critically acclaimed Palestine, written and performed by Najla Saïd. Directing credits include Trying by Erin Browne (The Bushwick Starr); Minotaur a Romance and Beautiful both by David Anzuelo (LAByrinth Theatre Company at the Public Theater); 7th Inning Stretch (Mile Square Theatre); Fresh Play Festival (Manhattan Class Company); Kingdom (NYMF); End of the Line (MCC Youth Company); Rock/Paper/Scissors (New York Hip-Hop Theater Festival at the Public Theater); The Bigger Man (Partial Comfort Productions); and Blues for a Gray Sun by Nilaja Sun (INTAR). Lou is currently in development on Rikers Hot, a Princess Grace Foundation Special Project Grant. He also serves as an Associate Producer with The 24-Hour Company. For the past ten years he has taught playwriting for Manhattan Theatre Club at the RNDC Youth Facility on Rikers Island. “I am honored to return to INTAR as Artistic Director and continue the important work of nurturing new Latino plays and voices at every level of development at the theater I have always called home,” Moreno said.
INTAR Will be announcing their entire season including The NewWorks Lab at a Kick-Off Event on September 13th in their Studio Space. Performances by Flaco Navaja along with the company of Speed the Musical by Andrea Thome will headline the event. For more information please call 212/695-6134.
INTAR, one of the United States' longest running Latino theatres producing in English, works to:
• Nurture the professional development of Latino theater artists.
• Produce bold, innovative, artistically significant plays that reflect diverse perspectives.
• Make accessible the diversity inherent in America's cultural heritage. Through an integrated program of workshops, productions of works in progress, and mainstage productions, INTAR continues to raise standards of the theater arts. INTAR brings to the public vital and energetic voices of both promising and accomplished Latino theater professionals, replacing stereotypes while giving expression to the diversity and depth of today's Latino-American community.
Visit INTAR on the web at www.intartheatre.org.
TONY AND EMMY AWARD WINNER KRISTIN CHENOWETH
EXTENDS HER PROMISE TO BROADWAY FOR
3 ADDITIONAL MONTHS THROUGH TURKEY LURKEY TIME!
SEAN HAYES AND KRISTIN CHENOWETH’S FINAL PERFORMANCE IN THE SMASH HIT
TONY AWARD-WINNING PRODUCTION OF
PROMISES, PROMISES IS
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2010
The producers of the Tony Award-winning production of PROMISES, PROMISES are thrilled to announce that Tony and Emmy Award winner and 2010 Emmy nominee Kristin Chenoweth has extended her run in the smash hit musical comedy for three additional months. Kristin Chenoweth and her Tony-nominated and Emmy Award-winning co-star Sean Hayes will play their final performance together in PROMISES, PROMISES on Sunday, December 26, 2010. This new production of PROMISES, PROMISES, directed and choreographed by Tony and Emmy Award winner Rob Ashford with Neil Simon’s funny and touching book and Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s hit-packed score, began previews at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) Saturday, March 27, 2010, and opened on Sunday, April 25, 2010. PROMISES, PROMISES has been one of Broadway’s top 5 grossing shows every week since it opened.
This fall Kristin Chenoweth will also be seen in Disney’s feature film You Again with Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis and Betty White in theaters September 24, and Ms. Chenoweth will reprise her Emmy nominated role as April Rhodes in the second season of the hit TV series “Glee.”
PROMISES, PROMISES stars Sean Hayes as Chuck Baxter, Kristin Chenoweth as Fran Kubelik, Tony Goldwyn as J.D. Sheldrake, 2010 Tony Award winner Katie Finneran as Marge MacDougall and Tony Award winner Dick Latessa as Dr. Dreyfuss. They lead a cast of 27 that includes Brooks Ashmanskas as Mr. Dobitch, Helen Anker as Miss Olson, Peter Benson as Mr. Kirkeby, Seán Martin Hingston as Mr. Eichelberger, Ken Land as Jesse Vanderhof, and features Cameron Adams, Ashley Amber, Wendi Bergamini, Nikki Renee Daniels, Sarah Jane Everman, Chelsea Krombach, Keith Kuhl, Ian Liberto, Matt Loehr, Mayumi Miguel, Brian O'Brien, Sarah O'Gleby, Adam Perry, Megan Sikora, Matt Wall, Ryan Watkinson and Kristen Beth Williams.
PROMISES, PROMISES features scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Bruce Pask, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Brian Ronan and hair and wig design by Tom Watson. Orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick, with music direction by Phil Reno, and dance music arrangements by David Chase.
PROMISES, PROMISES is produced by Broadway Across America (John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath, Beth Williams), Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, The Weinstein Company/Terry Allen Kramer, Candy Spelling, Pat Addiss, Bernie Abrams/Michael Speyer, Takonkiet Viravan/Scenario Thailand and Norton Herrick/Barry & Fran Weissler/TBS Service/Laurel Oztemel in association with Michael McCabe/Joseph Smith and Stage Ventures 2009 No. 2 Limited Partnership. Beth Williams is the executive producer of PROMISES, PROMISES.
Based on the 1960 Academy Award-winning Billy Wilder film The Apartment that starred Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, PROMISES, PROMISEStells the story of the Consolidated Life Insurance Company and Chuck Baxter, one of its charming young employees. In an effort to advance his career, Chuck lends executives his apartment for their extramarital romantic trysts. But things become slightly complicated when Chuck discovers Fran Kubelik, the object of his affection, is involved with one of the executives.
The playing schedule for PROMISES, PROMISESis as follows: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets range from $136.50 - $56.50 and are available at telecharge.com (212-239-6200).
For publicity photos please visit: www.thehartmangrouppr.com
For more information please visit: www.promisespromisesbroadway.com
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MCC THEATER ANNOUNCES STARRY ADDITIONS TO
25th ANNIVERSARY 2010-11 SEASON
TO APPEAR OPPOSITE DAVID DUCHOVNY IN
“ T H E B R E A K O F N O O N ”
BY NEIL LaBUTE
TO STAR IN
“ T H E O T H E R P L A C E ”
BY SHARR WHITE
JOE MANTELLO TO DIRECT
New York, NY – MCC Theater (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, Artistic Directors; William Cantler, Associate Artistic Director; Blake West, Executive Director) today announced three exciting additions to their upcoming 2010-11 season, which will mark the company’s 25th Anniversary.
This fall, Amanda Peet (Broadway’s Barefoot In the Park, “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”) will appear opposite David Duchovny in the world premiere production of The Break of Noon,Neil LaBute’s seventh collaboration with MCC Theater as Playwright-in-Residence, following the 2009 Tony Award-nominated Best Play, Reasons to be Pretty. Renowned for his darkly-comic morality plays (The Shape of Things, In a Dark Dark House), he teams up again with longtime collaborator, director Jo Bonney (Some Girl(s), Fat Pig), for this exploration of the daunting, sometimes harrowing process of “finding religion.” As previously announced, David Duchovny (“Californication,” “The X-Files”) will star as John Smith, a man who, amidst the chaos and horror of the worst office shooting in American history, sees the face of God. Peet will play two roles in the production, John’s wife ‘Ginger’ and Ginger’s cousin ‘Jesse,’ both struggling to come to terms with the repercussions of John’s revelation. A newcomer to faith, John urgently searches for a modern response to the age-old question: at what cost salvation? Performances begin at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) on October 28, 2010 and continue through December 12, 2010. An official opening night is set for November 15, 2010. The Break of Noon is a co-production with the Geffen Playhouse (Gil Cates, Producing Director; Randall Arney, Artistic Director; Ken Novice, Managing Director).
Later in the year, Laurie Metcalf (Broadway’s November, “Roseanne”) will star in the world premiere production of Sharr White’s The Other Place, MCC’s second offering of the season. Joe Mantello (Glengarry Glen Ross, Take Me Out) will direct the production, making his return to MCC following his smash hit production of The Pride this past year. Hot off a string of hits in Seattle, Chicago, and L.A., fast-rising playwright Sharr White (Sunlight, Six Years) makes his New York debut with MCC Theater’s production of this volatile and emotional new thriller. Just as Juliana Smithton’s research leads to a potential breakthrough in Alzheimer treatment drugs, her life takes a disorienting turn. During a lecture to colleagues at an exclusive beach resort, she glimpses an enigmatic young woman in a yellow bikini amidst the crowd of business suits. One step at a time, a mystery unravels as contradictory evidence, blurred truth and fragmented memories collide in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod. Performances begin at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) on March 10, 2011 and continue through April 24, 2011. An official opening night is set for March 28, 2011.
MCC Theater will also present the world premiere production of Michael Weller’s Side Effects as the third and final production of the season. MCC’s acclaimed 2008 hit Fifty Words (which starred Norbert Leo Butz and Elizabeth Marvel) culminated in one desperate phone call. Side Effects is the story of what happened on the other end of the line. This harrowing and unique journey is expertly plotted by playwright Michael Weller, noted for Loose Ends and Moonchildren, a seminal work for the American stage. Hugh and Lindy's marriage seems picture-perfect, a beacon in their microcosmic Midwestern world of dinner parties and fundraisers. Behind closed doors they’re falling apart - doors they can barely keep shut - and Hugh’s rising political star is suddenly imperiled.
Subscriptions for the 2010-2011 season are on-sale now and are priced as low as $99 for the 3-play season. For more information visit www.mcctheater.org or to purchase packages, contact TicketCentral directly at www.ticketcentral.com or call 212-279-4200.
MCC Theater is one of New York City's leading Off Broadway theater companies, committed to presenting New York and world premieres each season. When MCC Theater was founded in 1986, its mission was simple: to bring new theatrical voices to theater-going audiences. MCC Theater continues to accomplish this yearly through presentation of its mainstage works; its Literary Program, which actively seeks and develops new and emerging writers and its Education & Outreach Program, allowing more than 1,200 students yearly to experience theater, increase literacy and discover their own voices in the arts. Notable MCC Theater highlights include: the 2008 Tony Award-nominated reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute, last season’s Fifty Words, the 2004 Tony-winning production of Bryony Lavery’s Frozen; Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig;Rebecca Gilman’s The Glory of Living; Marsha Norman’s Trudy Blue; Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit; Tim Blake Nelson’s The Grey Zone and Alan Bowne’s Beirut. Over the years, the dedication to the work of new and emerging artists has earned MCC Theater a variety of awards. For a complete production history, visit www.mcctheater.org.
Joe Mantello’s directing credits include The Pride, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, November, The Receptionist, The Ritz, Blackbird, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony Nomination), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award), Wicked, Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune, A Man of No Importance, Design For Living, Terrence McNally and Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking for San Francisco Opera. The Vagina Monologues, Bash, Another American: Asking and Telling, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony Nomination), Proposals, The Mineola Twins, Corpus Christi, Mizlansky/Zilinsky..., Blue Window, God’s Heart, The Santaland Diaries, Snakebit, Three Hotels, Imagining Brad. As an actor: Angels in America (Tony Nomination) and The Baltimore Waltz. He is recipient of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie and Joe A. Callaway awards. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company.
Laurie Metcalf. In New York, Metcalf most recently appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by David Cromer. Laurie has also appeared on Broadway opposite Nathan Lane in David Mamet’s comedy November, directed by Joe Mantello, and Alexandra Gersten’s My Thing of Love, directed by Michael Maggio. Metcalf has also appeared in Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind, directed by Ethan Hawke, and Balm in Gilead at the Circle Rep, for which she received Drama Desk, Obie and Theatre World Awards. An ensemble member at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company since 1976, Metcalf is the recipient of seven Joseph Jefferson Awards and two L.A. Ovation Awards. Metcalf won three Emmy awards for her role as ‘Jackie Harris’ on “Roseanne.” She was also nominated for an Emmy, for her work on “Desperate Housewives.” Metcalf’s film credits include Internal Affairs, Desperately Seeking Susan, Toy Story, Bulworth and Leaving Las Vegas.
Amanda Peet is an accomplished and versatile film actress who is best known for her diverse choice of roles in romantic comedies, dramas and thrillers. This fall, she starred in the successful disaster film, 2012, directed by Roland Emmerich and co-starring John Cusack. She recently finished filming 20th Century Fox’s Gulliver’s Travels starring Jack Black and Jason Segel, and she stars in the upcoming dramatic comedy Please Give, directed by Nicole Holofcener and co-starring Catherine Keener and Rebecca Hall. Peet starred as Jordan McDeere on Aaron Sorkin’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." In 2006, she made her Broadway debut opposite Patrick Wilson in the revival of Neil Simon’s Barefoot In the Park. She also starred, to critical acclaim, in the Neil LaBute Off Broadway play This Is How It Goes opposite Ben Stiller and Jeffrey Wright. Her numerous film credits include the Oscar nominated Warner Bros./Section Eight thriller Syriana, What Doesn't Kill You (with Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke) and A Lot Like Love. Other credits include Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda; The Whole Nine Yards and its sequel The Whole Ten Yards and the 2003 hit Something’s Gotta Give with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton. In 2003 Peet starred alongside John Cusack and Ray Liotta in the thriller Identity. In 2002, Peet was seen in Changing Lanes opposite Ben Affleck. That same year, she appeared as Jeff Goldblum’s mistress, a beautiful and privileged young woman who is hooked on drugs, in Igby Goes Down. Audiences first warmed to Amanda when she starred as Jack on the hit drama, “Jack and Jill”. A native of New York, Peet graduated from Columbia University with a degree in American History. While there, she also studied acting under Uta Hagen, which ultimately lead her to pursue acting as a career.
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TUESDAY NIGHT AT 8 PM
IN MEMORY OF STAGE AND SCREEN ACTRESS
(New York, NY) August 16, 2010 -- The Broadway community mourns the loss of Tony Award-winning actress Patricia Neal, who died on August 8th at the age of 84. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory on Tuesday, August 17th, at exactly 8:00pm for one minute.
Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, commented, “Patricia Neal’s natural talent provided immense joy to audiences over the span of many years, in many mediums. As the last surviving winner from the first Tony Awards ceremony, her presence at subsequent Tony telecasts represented Broadway’s singular history. Our thoughts go out to her friends and family.”
Ms. Neal made her Broadway debut as Regina Hubbard in Lillian Hellman’s Another Part of the Forest, for which she received the 1947 Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Play, and a 1947 Theatre World Award. After numerous appearances on screen she returned to Broadway and the work of Hellman, starring in a revival of The Children’s Hour in 1952. In 1955 she starred on Broadway in A Roomful of Roses and played Kate Keller in The Miracle Worker in 1959.
She was also known for her movie roles in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), A Face in the Crowd (1957), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), and Hud (1963), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Ms. Neal was married to children’s author Roald Dahl for 30 years. She is survived by her children Tessa, Ophelia, Theo and Lucy; a brother, Pete Neal; a sister, Margaret Ann VandenNoord; 10 grandchildren and step grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
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