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MASTER CLASS Announces Complete Casting









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Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce full casting for Manhattan Theatre Club’s new Broadway production of Terrence McNally’s award winning play MASTER CLASS directed by Stephen Wadsworth.

Joining previously announced cast members Olivier Award nominee Sierra Boggess (Sharon) and Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly (Maria Callas) will be Clinton Brandhagen (Stagehand), Jeremy Cohen (Manny), Alexandra Silber (Sophie), and Garrett Sorenson (Tony).

The limited engagement of MASTER CLASS will play MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) with previews beginning Tuesday, June 14 and an opening night set for Thursday, July 7. Tickets to the limited engagement of MASTER CLASS are on sale through Sunday, August 14. This production, which is offered as part of MTC’s 2010-2011 subscription series, will be the first show to open as part of the 2011-2012 Broadway season.

Terrence McNally’s award-winning play about Maria Callas (Daly) takes us to one of her famous master classes where, late in her own career, she challenges the next generation to make the same sacrifices and dare to rise to the same heights she did, making her the most celebrated, the most reviled and the most controversial singer of her times.

The creative team for MASTER CLASS includes Thomas Lynch (scenic design), Martin Pakledinaz (costume design), David Lander (lighting design), and Jon Gottlieb (sound design).

Tickets for MASTER CLASS are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, online by visiting, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Ticket prices are $57 – $116.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past three decades, MTC productions have earned a total of 17 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and an Off-Broadway theatre at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; The American Plan; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin.’

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Please note MASTER CLASS is dark on Mondays:

·            MONDAY, JUNE 13 – SUNDAY, JUNE 26: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

·            MONDAY, JUNE 27 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 14: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.


Terrence McNALLY (Playwright). Terrence McNally has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! (as well as the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play and the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Best Play) and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Ragtime. Recent Broadway credits include the revivals of his plays The Ritz and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. His other plays include A Perfect Ganesh, Corpus Christi, Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams, The Stendal SyndromeLips Together, Teeth Apart (Drama Desk Award Best New Play) and It’s Only a Play. Earlier stage works include Bad Habits (Obie Award Best Play), Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?, …And Things That Go Bump In the Night and Next. He also wrote the books for the musicals The Full Monty, The Rink, and A Man of No Importance. The San Francisco Opera presented Dead Man Walking with McNally's libretto and music by Jake Heggie. McNally has written a number of TV scripts, including “Andre's Mother” for which he won an Emmy Award. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, a Lucille Lortel Award, and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1970 and is a three time recipient of the Hull-Warriner Award for Best Play.

The Kennedy Center recently produced three of his plays under the title Terrence McNally’s Nights at the Opera: Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata and the world premiere of Golden Age. Other recent work includes his musical adaptation of The Visit at Arlington’s Signature Theatre, his play Deuce on Broadway and his play Some Men at Philadelphia Theatre Company and Off-Broadway’s Second Stage.

He’s represented by the current Broadway production of his book for the new musical Catch Me if You Can with a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and the upcoming Broadway revival of Master Class at Manhattan Theatre Club.

STEPHEN WADSWORTH (Director). Stephen Wadsworth’s productions of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Wagner’s Ring cycle, a series of Marivaux comedies, and plays and operas by Shakespeare, Molière, Handel, Goldoni, Mozart, Shaw, Wilde, and Coward, have established him as a master of the classical repertoire and one of the most influential directors in the American theater. He has directed plays by John Guare (Dallas Theatre Centre), Beth Henley (Roundabout), Terrence McNally (Kennedy Center) and Anna Deavere Smith (Long Wharf) and during the 1990s reintroduced the work of Marivaux to the U.S. in a series of translations and productions of three plays (published by Smith and Kraus as Marivaux: Three Plays). His new translation of Molière’s Don Juan (Shakespeare Theatre, Old Globe, Seattle Rep, McCarter) reimagined a lost text and excited great interest in the French academy, and the French government named him a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. He has also translated and adapted theater works by Monteverdi, Goldoni and Handel, and worked as writer and Dramaturg on many new operas and plays, including A Quiet Place, just produced at New York City Opera, which he wrote with Leonard Bernstein. This season he directs a new Boris Godunov at the Metropolitan Opera, stages The Bartered Bride in a Met-Juilliard collaboration, revives Iphigénie en Tauride at the Met, and brings his production of McNally’s Master Class to the Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway, starring Tyne Daly. He also worked with Ms. Daly, and Delroy Lindo, on the Aeschylus Agamemnon at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles. Wadsworth has directed opera for the Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, the Edinburgh Festival, and in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Santa Fe and Seattle, where his famous Ring will be revived in 2013. Wadsworth is The James S. Marcus Faculty Fellow at the Juilliard School, where he leads the advanced training program for singers, and Head of Dramatic Studies at the Metropolitan Opera.

SIERRA BOGGESS (Sharon) is thrilled to be making her MTC debut with Master Class. She comes directly from London's West End where she recently starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies as ‘Christine Daae,’ a character which she also played in The Phantom of the Opera in Las Vegas. Sierra was last seen on Broadway starring as the title character in Disney's The Little Mermaid (Drama Desk and Drama League nominations and award for Favorite Breakthrough Performance) and in the City Center Encores! production of Music in the Air. She has been seen regionally as ‘Binky’ in Princesses (world premiere, Goodspeed and 5th Avenue Theater), and in the national tours of Les Miserables and West Side Story. Concert appearances include The BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series: The Lyrics of David Zippel, New York Pops at Lincoln Center and Broadway by the Year at Town Hall.  Sierra’s television appearances include “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” and “The 62nd Annual Tony Awards.” She also appeared in People Magazine and on the cover of USA Weekend alongside Megan Mullaly and Mario Lopez. Recordings including the Symphonic Recording of Love Never Dies and the Original Cast Album for The Little Mermaid. She holds a BFA from Milikin University.

CLINTON BRANDHAGEN (Stagehand). The Kennedy Center: Master ClassMister Roberts, Shear Madness, Color Me Dark, A Light in the Storm. Everyman Theatre: All My SonsShipwrecked!, Two RoomsThe Mystery of Irma Vep, The Cherry Orchard, Doubt, A ParableAnd a Nightingale Sang. Theatre J: Photograph 51. Charter Theatre: Love and Whiskey. Folger Theatre: School for Scandal, The Comedy of Errors. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Stunning. Arena Stage: Christmas Carol, 1941, Anna Christie. Round House Theatre: The Picture of Dorian GrayOrson’s Shadow. Ford’s Theatre: A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Olney Theatre Center: Democracy, The Foreigner, Anna Karenina. Potomac Theatre Project: An Experiment with an Air Pump, Piaf. The Shakespeare Theatre: Romeo and Juliet. Washington Shakespeare Company: Ionesco's Macbett, Love’s Labour’s Lost. American Shakespeare Center: Dr. Faustus, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, Merchant of Venice, Richard II, Much Ado about Nothing, The Knight of the Burning Pestle. Clinton is a member of Everyman Theatre’s Resident Acting Company.

JEREMY COHEN (Manny) is honored to make his Broadway debut in MTC’s production of Master Class.  Jeremy first joined the Master Class team last spring when the play was presented as part of the Kennedy Center’s Nights at the Opera series celebrating playwright Terrence McNally. Other recent credits include Avenue X at the Alliance Theatre (Suzi Bass Award – Best Ensemble) and Roundabout Theatre Company’s workshop of Yank! under the direction of David Cromer. As an actor and musician, Jeremy has also worked with Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, Marriott Theatre, La MaMa Theatre and the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Jeremy composed the music for The Bowery Boys, which premiered at the Marriott Theatre and received several Jeff award nominations including “Best New Musical.” The Bowery Boys was also recently featured at the 2010 NAMT Festival in New York City.  Jeremy is a proud graduate of Northwestern University.

TYNE DALY (Maria Callas). Television Series: “Judging Amy” Emmy and Golden Globe winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama; “Christy” Emmy winner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama; “Cagney and Lacey” Emmy winner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama; Total of 16 Emmy Award nominations.

Television Movies: “Georgia O’Keefe” (with Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen); “The Perfect Mother”; “Bye, Bye, Birdie (with Jason Alexander); “Kids Like There”; The Entertainer” (starring Jack Lemmon and Ray Bolger); “Larry” (with Fred Forrest); “The Man Who Could Talk to Kids” (with Peter Boyle); “Intimate Strangers” (Emmy nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama).

Television Episodic Guest Starring (Partial List): “The Nanny”; “Columbo”; “Magnum P.I.”; “Medical Center” (starring James Daly/Maureen Stapleton); “Streets of San Francisco” (with Michael Douglas); “Wings” (Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, starred Tim Daly); “The Rookie” (four episodes); “The Mod Squad” (two episodes).

Feature Motion Pictures: Zoot Suit, Telefon, The Enforcer (starring Clint Eastwood); John and Mary (with Dustin Hoffman); Play It As It Lays (with Tuesday Weld).

Theatre: Broadway: Master Class – Upcoming 2011 Manhattan Theatre Club (Kennedy Center, 2010); Gypsy (Revival - Mama Rose) Tony Award Best Leading Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award; The Seagull (Madame Arkadina); Rabbit Hole (Nominated – Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play). Off-Broadway and Regional: Ashes, The Three Sisters, and Gethesmane, The Mark Taper Forum; Me Myself and I (Edward Albee) World Premiere McCarter Theatre, Princeton; Call Me Madam – City Center Encores; Come Back, Little Sheba – L.A. Theatre Center; Agammenon – The Getty Villa, Malibu; Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, Long Beach Civic Opera.

Cabaret: Feinstein’s, Regency Hotel NY; Upcoming: Concert with Michael Feinstein, Palm Desert, CA.

Recordings: On the Town, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas with The London Symphony; The World According To Mr. Rogers (Grammy Nomination); Call Me Madam; Anything Goes, for the BBC; Gypsy, Broadway Revival.


ALEXANDRA SILBER (Sophie) was a part of the Kennedy Center’s Terrence McNally Celebration, starring opposite Tyne Daly in Master Class. She most recently completed a West End run, UK National Tour and a stint at Reprise Theatre Company in Los Angeles portraying ‘Julie Jordan’ in Carousel (TMA Award – Best Actress).  She made her West End and professional acting debut in 2005 playing ‘Laura Fairlie’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White, followed by her portrayal of ‘Hodel’ in The Sheffield Crucible’s celebrated production of Fiddler on the Roof as well as its subsequent West End transfer. Regionally she has performed in The Balkans are Not Dead, godeatgod, San Diego (all for Tron Theatre, Glasgow). Film and Television work include 1408 and “Law & Order.” She trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.

GARRETT SORENSON (Tony). American tenor Garrett Sorenson has been praised as an artist of unique promise, drawing critical interest for a rich lyric voice of beauty and power. Of his recent portrayal of Lensky in Yevygeny Onegin, Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe wrote, “The poet Lensky(‘s)…aria is one of Tchaikovsky's greatest inspirations, and the young American tenor Garrett Sorenson delivered it with beautiful, warm tone and heartfelt emotion…his lyric tenor voice is the real deal, and his musical and dramatic instincts are strong and true.”

Sorenson has appeared on the most important operatic stages around the world. At the Metropolitan Opera he has been heard as ‘Froh’ in Wagner’s Das Rheingold, ‘Cassio’ in Otello at the Metropolitan Opera, ‘Da-Ud’ in Die Agyptische Helena, ‘Alfred’ in Die Feldermaus, ‘Scaramuccio’ in Ariadne auf Naxos, ‘Arturo’ in Lucia di Lammermoor, ‘Shepherd’ in Tristan und Isolde, ‘The Young Man’ in Die Frau ohne Schatten, and ‘The Youth’ in Moses und Aaron also under Levine. His debut there was in the role of ‘Itulbo’ in Il Pirata opposite Renée Fleming. He is a graduate of their Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and has performed leading roles with the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera Company, West Australian Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Colorado, Kentucky Opera, New Orleans Opera, the Gotham Chamber Opera, and many more.

Sorenson’s symphonic appearances include engagements with the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and the Houston Symphony.

Among his honors and awards, Sorenson was the winner of the Opera Birmingham Young Singer Contest and the Sorantin Young Artist Award.  He was also a finalist in the Loren L. Zachary Society Contest for Young Opera Singers and The Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition’s Southwest Region and was named a winner at the George London Foundation Competition and a Sara Tucker Study Grant Winner.  This was followed by a Richard Tucker Foundation Career Grant. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University, and he resides in Kentucky with his wife Elizabeth Batton and his sons.

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