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Roundabout Announces Three Show Titles for 2012-2013 Season

Roundabout Theatre Company

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Announces
Productions for the 2012-2013 Theatrical Season

Chita Rivera
Will star in

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD

Book, Music & Lyrics by Rupert Holmes
Musical Direction by Paul Gemignani
Directed by Scott Ellis
Fall 2012 at Studio 54

PICNIC

By William Inge, Directed by Sam Gold
Winter 2013 at American Airlines Theatre

THE UNAVOIDABLE DISAPPEARANCE OF TOM DURNIN

By Steven Levenson, Directed by Scott Ellis
2012/2013 at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce three productions as part of the 2012-2013 theatrical season:

{module ad_left_body}Fall 2012                     The Mystery of Edwin Drood, starring Chita Rivera;
Book, Music & Lyrics by Rupert Holmes, musical direction by Paul Gemignani & directed by Scott Ellis.

Winter 2013                 Picnic by William Inge & directed by Sam Gold.

2012-2013                   The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin by Steven Levenson

& directed by Scott Ellis.

TICKET INFORMATION: 

Only Roundabout subscribers have first access to tickets for the 2012-2013 season!   Subscriptions for the 2012-2013 season will go on sale March 2012. 

Visit www.roundabouttheatre.org/joinnow for details.

Quote from Artistic Director, Todd Haimes: I’m so pleased to be able to announce three productions that represent exactly the kind of balance and variety that I’ve been seeking for the season ahead. With The Mystery of Edwin Drood, we have our first revival of a musical since opening Anything Goes. I’ve always found it fascinating that Rupert Holmes managed to turn an unfinished Dickens novel into a musical, let alone a highly entertaining one with a great score. It’s an intriguing idea that led to a wonderfully offbeat show that gets the whole audience involved.  And to be welcoming back our dear friend Chita Rivera is just the icing on the cake for this delightfully odd musical.  Doing a new production of Picnic, on the other hand, goes back to the more classic revival roots we have at Roundabout. It’s a play that I absolutely adore, and I’m thrilled to have Associate Artist Sam Gold back to bring his vision for Inge’s masterpiece to the stage. And a new play for us this season, The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, will, like The Mystery of Edwin Drood, be directed by our Adams Associate Artistic Director Scott Ellis. This is a smart and timely new American drama, written by Steven Levenson, who received his New York debut in the Roundabout Underground only a few years ago. Roundabout commissioned this play from Steven, and I am so happy that this production will continue our commitment to the ongoing careers of emerging playwrights as they ‘graduate’ from the Black Box to the Laura Pels Theatre. All in all, this is a mix of productions that I find truly exciting, and I think the audience will agree.  

Chita Rivera

Will Star in

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD

Book, Music & Lyrics by Rupert Holmes

Musical Direction by Paul Gemignani

Directed by Scott Ellis

(Performances begin Fall 2012 at Studio 54 on Broadway, 254 West 54th Street.)

Roundabout Theatre Company is thrilled to announce Chita Rivera will return to Broadway as “Princess Puffer” in a new production of Rupert Holmes’ Tony® Award winning musical comedy THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD; musical direction by Paul Gemignani & directed by Roundabout’s Adams Associate Artistic Director Scott Ellis.  The whodunit rollicking play-within-a-musical is the winner of five Tony® Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Rupert Holmes) and Best Original Score (Rupert Holmes).

CHITA RIVERA (Princess Puffer) has won two Tony® Awards (Kiss of the Spider Woman; The Rink) and received seven additional Tony nominations including one for her performance as “Liliane La Fleur” in Roundabout’s Tony® Award winning musical Nine.  Chita created the role of “Velma Kelly” in the original Broadway production of Chicago opposite Gwen Verdon (1975) and appears in the film version. Career highlights on Broadway include starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven, Mr. Wonderful and the film version of Sweet Charity.Chita has recorded and released a new CD entitled And Now I Swing and is on a nationwide concert tour of Chita Rivera: My Broadway.

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, the whodunit musical, in its first-ever return to Broadway since winning the Tony “Triple Crown” (Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score)!  Who killed Edwin Drood? It’s a question that has stumped audiences for years—now it’s your turn to answer one of Broadway’s most baffling mysteries. Take a trip back in time to a Victorian music hall where a rowdy ensemble of actors mounts a staging of Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel. Everyone on stage is a suspect in the murder of young Edwin Drood—and it’s up to you to choose the killer! Is it John Jasper, Edwin’s protective but slightly maniacal uncle? Rosa Bud, his reluctant betrothed? The debauched Princess Puffer? Each performance ends differently, depending on what the audience decides!

Roundabout Theatre Company’s Adams Associate Artistic Director Scott Ellis directed Roundabout’s hit Tony nominated Broadway production and subsequent two-year national tour of Twelve Angry Men.  Ellis’ other Broadway credits at Roundabout include The Man Who Had All the Luck, The Rainmaker, 1776, She Loves Me and Company.  Additional Roundabout credits include: Streamers, Entertaining Mr. Sloane and The Understudy.

PICNIC

By William Inge

Directed by Sam Gold

(Performances begin Winter 2013 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway, 226 West 42nd Street.)

Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Darren Bagert, presents a new Broadway production of William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize winning play PICNIC, directed by Roundabout Theatre Company Associate Artist Sam Gold.    

Sensual, passionate and delightfully funny, PICNIC is a timeless American classic about the line between restraint and desire.  It’s a balmy Labor Day in the American Heartland, and a group of women are preparing for a picnic... but they'll have to lay a lot on the line before they can lay out the checkered cloths. When a handsome young drifter named Hal arrives, his combination of uncouth manners and titillating charm sends the women reeling, especially the beautiful Madge. When Hal is forced out of town, Madge must decide whether their fleeting encounter is worth changing the course of her life.

Director Sam Gold is a Roundabout Theatre Company Associate Artist.  He is currently represented at Roundabout Theatre Company with Look Back in Anger.  Sam also directed the acclaimed production of Tigers Be Still by Kim Rosenstock at Roundabout Underground

THE UNAVOIDABLE DISAPPEARANCE OF TOM DURNIN

By Steven Levenson

Directed by Scott Ellis

(2012-2013, off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre
at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, 111 West 46th Street).

Roundabout Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Steven Levenson’s play THE UNAVOIDABLE DISAPPEARANCE OF TOM DURNIN.

Directed by Scott Ellis, THE UNAVOIDABLE DISAPPEARANCE OF TOM DURNINwas commissioned by Roundabout following the 2008 Roundabout Underground production of Steven Levenson’s play The Language of Trees.

Steven Levenson’s play The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin is part of Roundabout’s New Play Initiative, a collection of programs, designed to foster and produce new work by emerging and established artists.

Tom Durnin did the time for his white-collar crime.  In THE UNAVOIDABLE DISAPPEARANCE OF TOM DURNIN, he’s determined to win back the respect and position he believes he deserves. Tom’s son warily allows his father to camp out on his couch, hoping the man who let everyone down has finally turned a new page.  After a lifetime of empty promises, can Tom find a place in a family that has worked so hard to move on without him?

From playwright Steven Levenson (Roundabout’s acclaimed The Language of Trees) comes this funny, raw and moving world premiere about the price we pay for defaulting on those we love.

New plays at Roundabout are supported by Roundabout Leaders for New Works including, Alec Baldwin, Linda L. D’Onofrio, Jodi Glucksman, Sylvia Golden, Caryn and James Magid, the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre, Laura S. Rodgers, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Yolanda R. Turocy, Deborah and Thomas Wallace, and Xerox Foundation. 

Roundabout Theatre Company’s Adams Associate Artistic Director Scott Ellis directed Roundabout’s hit Tony nominated Broadway production and subsequent two-year national tour of Twelve Angry Men.  Ellis’ other Broadway credits at Roundabout include The Man Who Had All the Luck, The Rainmaker, 1776, She Loves Me and Company.  Additional Roundabout credits include: Streamers, Entertaining Mr. Sloane and The Understudy.

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

 

Roundabout Theatre Company is a not-for-profit theatre dedicated to providing a nurturing artistic home for theatre artists at all stages of their careers where the widest possible audience can experience their work at affordable prices. Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the revival of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established playwrights and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate loyal audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout's mission.  Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre (home to Roundabout Underground) features a simple sophisticated design that is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics.  Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions.  Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre opened on March 17th, 2004 allowing Roundabout to continue its mission to produce new plays by established writers and lesser-known classic plays in the 425-seat Laura Pels Theatre.  The inaugural production at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre was Intimate Apparel, a new play by Lynn Nottage, directed by Daniel Sullivan (2004 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award Best Play, Outer Critics Circle Award Best Play, Outer Critics Circle Award John Gassner Award Best Play, PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award for Lynn Nottage, American Theatre Critic’s Association's Francesca Primus Award Best Play, Steinberg New Play Award, Audelco Dramatic Production of the Year).  Prior to the launch of Roundabout Underground in October 2007, the 62-seat Black Box Theatre has been used by Roundabout’s education department for its activities including student productions and professional development workshops. 

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties; and the City of New York Theater Subdistrict Council, LDC and the City of New York.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2011-2012 season features Athol Fugard’s The Road To Mecca starring Rosemary Harris, Carla Gugino & Jim Dale, directed by Gordon Edelstein; John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, directed by Sam Gold; Marc Camoletti’s Don’t Dress For Dinner starring Ben Daniels, Melora Hardin, Adam James & Jennifer Tilly, adapted by Robin Hawdon, directed by John Tillinger; Simon Gray’s The Common Pursuit,directed by Moisés Kaufman; Mary Chase’s Harvey starring Jim Parsons, Jessica Hecht & Charles Kimbrough, directed by Scott Ellis. Roundabout’s Tony Award winning production of Anything Goes starring Sutton Foster & Joel Grey, directed & choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, is currently playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The 2011 Tony® Award winning Anything Goeswill set sail on a National Tour at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square in October 2012.  Following its opening in Cleveland, Anything Goes will cruise into more than 25 other cities during the 2012/2013 season.

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