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MTC's MASTER CLASS Must End Extended Engagement Sun, Sep 4

Manhattan Theatre Club





“Tyne Daly is giving one of the most talked about performances
of this theatre season.”

-- Leonard Lopate, WNYC

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Manhattan Theatre Club’s hit production of Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning MASTER CLASS, directed by Stephen Wadsworth must end its extended engagement at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) on Sunday September 4 after playing 26 preview performances and 70 regular performances. The play began previews on Tuesday, June 14 and opened Thursday, July 7 to rave reviews for the production and Tyne Daly’s performance as the legendary Maria Callas. The production was extended twice due to popular demand.

In addition to Daly, the play stars Sierra BoggessClinton BrandhagenJeremy CohenAlexandra Silber, and Garrett Sorenson.

Terrence McNally’s play about Maria Callas (Tyne Daly) takes us to one of her famous master classes, where, late in her own career, she dares the next generation to make the same sacrifices and rise to the same heights that made her the most celebrated, the most reviled and the most controversial singer of her time.

Below is a sampling of what critics had to say about the production and Daly’s performance:

“Tyne Daly is remarkable. You can’t take your eyes off of her. This is one of the most haunting portraits I’ve seen of life after stardom. In this Manhattan Theatre Club production, directed by Stephen Wadsworth, the ego of Daly’s Callas is Olympian and it’s scary. Daly’s early interactions with Jeremy Cohen and Clinton Brandhagen are amusingly impatient and imperious as are her sessions with the three students she (sort of) listens to and feels free to insult: two sopranos, Sophie De Palma (Alexandra Silber) and Sharon Graham (Sierra Boggess), and a tenor, Anthony Candolino (Garrett Sorenson). McNally has provided arialike monologues in which Daly relives theatrical triumphs and painful intimate scenes. For these, Thomas Lynch’s set dissolves from a wood-paneled auditorium into a cavern of pulsing darkness with illuminated glimpses of grandeur past (David Lander did the lighting), while the real Callas’s inimitable voice fills the air. (Jon Gottlieb is the sound designer.)

--  Ben Brantley, New York Times

“This brilliant revival of Terrence McNally’s insightful Master Class is excellently directed by Stephen Wadsworth. With intellectual and emotional splendor that captured my heart, Tyne Daly fully embodies this role wanting us to see both the woman and the diva.”

--  Hilton Als, The New Yorker

“FOUR STARS! Terrence McNally’s brilliant Master Class is highly enjoyable and wonderfully performed. Tyne Daly’s terrific portrait of Callas is complicated and charismatic. Master Class is beautifully sung by Alexandra Silber, Garrett Sorenson and Sierra Boggess. Daly and a company, that also includes Jeremy Cohen and Clinton Brandhagen, make it easy for the audience to hang on each word, note and gesture.

--  Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News

“Tyne Daly is doing something extraordinary in Master Class. This is a deeply considered characterization that never goes for theatrical effect at the expense of emotional insight. Her finely layered performance is riveting. Stephen Wordsworth’s polished production features a cast with impressive musicianship,

--  David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“Electrifying! Tyne Daly brings a sense of vulnerable humanity to her heartbreaking Maria Callas, but she's also incredibly vital. She draws on her consummate comic skills to deliver Callas's hilariously cruel put-downs with impeccable timing and terrific panache. Daly's look starts with the intense gaze from her made-up eyes designed by Angelina Avallone, takes its cosmopolitan style from a smart pants suit and Hermes scarf by Martin Pakledinaz, and topped by a magnificent jet-black wig by Paul Huntley.”

--  Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“Tyne Daly is rip-roaringly funny. She plays Callas as a steely woman with a quick-to-bristle exterior who surprises herself when softer emotions bubble out. It's a portrait filled with love, respect and understanding about both the diva's loneliness and her deep craving for affection. She is aided by a wonderful supporting cast that includes Sierra Boggess whose tangling with Daly is a highlight of the play, Clinton Brandhagen, an adorable Alexandra Silber, Jeremy Cohen as the accompanist, and Garrett Sorenson who plays his role with aplomb.”

--  Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

“FOUR STARS! Exquisite! Terrence McNally’s Master Class is funny, reverential and wholly engrossing. Just as the play recreates a master class in singing, so the extraordinary Tyne Daly as Callas offers a master class in technique to inspire any acting student. Under Stephen Wadsworth’s finely detailed direction Daly captures Callas’s spirit and fire.”

--  Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg News

“Tyne Daly is magnificent as Maria Callas! This is a mesmerizing evening that will take your breath away. Sierra Boggess, Clinton Brandhagen, Jeremy Cohen, Alexandra Silber, Garrett Sorenson, are all fantastic.

This is going to be the performance of the year. I promise you are going to thank me when you get tickets.”

--  Joan Hamburg, WOR Radio

Master Class is intelligent entertainment. Tyne Daly’s acting smolders with remembered heartbreak. Stephen Wadsworth’s operatic know-how pays off richly. Sierra Boggess and Alexandra Silber give effective performances while Garrett Sorenson sings with passion and brilliance.”

--  Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal

“The vibrant Tyne Daly plays Callas with salt, steel and earthiness. This Callas is part grande dame, part dragon lady, and part artistic muse. Terrence McNally is skilled at balancing humor with pathos while the staging by opera veteran Stephen Wadsworth is stately and dignified.”

--  David Cote, NY1

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

MASTER CLASS is produced by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) by special arrangement withMax CooperMaberry TheatricalsMarks-Moore-Turnbull Group and Ted Snowdon.

As part of MTC’s 2011-2012 Broadway season, the company will produce: the Broadway premiere of VENUS IN FUR by David Ives, directed by Walter Bobbiestarring Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy; the Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play WIT by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadowstarring Cynthia Nixon; and the world premiere of THE COLUMNIST by David Auburn, directed by Daniel Sullivan starring John Lithgow.

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 – $121.

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Please note MASTER CLASS is dark on Mondays:

·          THROUGH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

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