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Despite Closing Notice ENRON Adds One Final Performance

ENRON
TO CLOSE SUNDAY, MAY 9th, 2010
NEW FINAL PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCED

The producers of Lucy Prebble’s critically heralded ENRON, currently onstage at The Broadhurst Theatre  (235 W. 44th St. between 8th and Broadway), have added an additional performance on SUNDAY, MAY 9th at 7:30 pm. This will be the final performance of the show’s Broadway run.

The week’s schedule is as follows: Wednesday, May 5th at 8; Thursday, May 6th at 8, Friday, May 7th at 8, Saturday, May 8th at 2 and 8 and Sunday, May 9th at 3 and 7:30 pm.

ENRON began previews on Broadway on April 8, 2010 and opened on April 27, 2010. Upon closing, it will have played 22 previews and 16 regular performances.

Here’s what critics had to say about ENRON:

"AN ASTONISHING THRILL RIDE THROUGH THE HIGH-FLYING NINETIES
, and a chilling precursor to everything that would follow. Lucy Prebble's writing and the production dreamed up by director Rupert Goold are stunning, providing steady wonder, involvement and delight. The semi-factual drama will appeal to those familiar with the case and knowledgeable about its most esoteric aspects. The rest of us can revel in the racy dialogue, remarkable visuals and frequent humor delivered by a virtuosic ensemble. As Jeffrey Skilling, Norbert Leo Butz gives the performance of two lifetimes. One part is a cool scoundrel of the most thoroughgoing duplicity, the other is the good father and boy genius afloat on the childlike glee of his own Machiavellianism."

-John Simon, Bloomberg.com

"OUTRAGEOUSLY ENTERTAINING, INCREDIBLY FASCINATING, RIVETING THEATRE! Bravo to the entire company. Gregory Itzin as Ken Lay,
Stephen Kunken as Andy Fastow and Marin Mazzie as Jeff Skilling's fictional rival are all excellent. But Norbert Leo Butz is brilliant, dominating the stage."

-Roma Torre, NY-1

“Drawing from a deep bag of theatrical tricks and riffling through found text, news videos and observed gestures, Prebble and Goold supply Broadway theatergoers with the sort of play they demand—a sharp-witted and rollicking business thriller to dazzle the eye and tickle the brain. IF ENRON’S STOCK WERE STILL CIRCLING THE TICKER, MY ADVICE WOULD BE TO BUY, BUY, BUY”

-David Cote, TimeOut NY

"THIS IS ONE HELL OF A PLAY! An utterly thrilling and deeply theatrical
experience. Playwright Lucy Prebble and director Rupert Goold have delivered a surprising and remarkable creation. Together they take the seemingly dry subject matter and with a clever, tightly constructed script and dark, menacing, inventive staging, produce a vibrant deeply theatrical experience. Norbert Leo Butz is charming, smarmy, defiant and excellent. Marin Mazzie is sexy and commanding."

-Jesse Oxfeld, The New York Observer

"A WHIP-SMART EDGE OF YOUR SEAT RIDE THAT RIVALS ANYTHING AT SIX FLAGS! Director Rupert Goold and playwright Lucy Prebble make the financial sleight of hand and power struggles both easy to follow and unabashedly flashy, making financial management as entertaining as pulp fiction. NORBERT LEO BUTZ gives a tour de force performance as the business school visionary who drinks his own Kool Aid and loses touch with reality, along with any kind of moral compass."

-Elisabeth Vincentelli, NY Post

"A FRENETIC KALEIDOSCOPE OF GREED, FRAUD AND GENIUS! This
magnificently orchestrated multimedia extravaganza is one of the most vibrant offerings on Broadway this season.

-Charles McNulty, The LA Times

"ENRON HAS THE ENERGY THE COMPANY NEVER HAD! Bright lights, intense
colors, passionate song and dance numbers. Sex. The world of big business has never been so stimulating. Directed with extravagant imagination by Rupert Goold, ENRON, a play with musical and multimedia infusions, is terrifically entertaining. Playwright Lucy Prebble is superb at creating characters and suggesting, with the aid of a fine cast, how a catalytic mix of personalities fueled the financial disaster."

-Robert Feldberg, The Record

"GENUINELY DARING STAGE SPECTACLE! This London bombshell is both a dazzling piece of entertainment and a gripping cautionary tale about the criminal chicanery that eviscerated the most respected corporate body in America. The sensational stage effects deliver the same blood pumping thrills of a musical, wrapped around a play, by Lucy Prebble, with more brains in its head than any tuner since "Assassins."

-Marilyn Stasio, Variety

"AUDACIOUSLY THEATRICAL! ENRON is presented as a tragedy of multimedia proportion, complete with a Greek-style chorus, special lighting and sound effects, production numbers ona trading room floor, puppets and a light saber ballet - fitting for masters of the universe before the crash. Norbert Leo Butz, Greg Itzin and Stephen Kunken deliver fine performances. Marin Mazzie, know for musicals, gives a gutsy turn as a vulturous Enron VP who's got a bit of post-coital business that's terrifically crude. Kiss me, Kate it aint!"

-Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News

"AN INGENIUS EXTRAVAGANZA! The entire cast is splendid."

-Linda Winer, Newsday

"ENRON IS TERRIFIC! Fraud, greed, deception and scandal are all here in this
fascinating new play."

-David Richardson, WOR Radio

"A WHIRLWIND STUDY OF GUTS AND GREED! A swift journey on a corporate thrill ride, this satirical yet sobering study in American avarice has been
extravagantly staged by director Rupert Goold and designer Anthony Ward with frenzies of videos, projections, lighting and sound effects that support the story and display a lot of smarts. Led by Norbert Leo Butz's bravura performance as gonzo CEO Jeffrey Skilling, the 16-member ensemble whips through the seriocomic story's intricacies. Stephen Kunken wittily portrays chief financial officer Andy Fastow as a wonk who warps into a fiscal mad scientist. Gregory Itzin is very folksy as foxy Kenneth Lay, while a poised Marin Mazzie coolly represents Skilling's board room frenemy."

-Michael Sommers, NJ.com

"The slickest new production on Broadway, filed with brilliantly orchestrated bells and whistles. Telling the culturally resonant tale of the rise and collapse of the American
corporate giant Enron, the play extends its narrative into the present day, just in time for the Washington debate about regulating big-time greed on Wall Street. The cast, virtually all new since the play's hit staging in Britain, glides through the fast-paced production with aplomb. Norbert Leo Butz's Skilling is the ultimate killer-nerd; Stephen Kunken scores as the sycophantic Fastow…."

-Brendon Lemon, The Financial Times

"Technically impressive, intellectually engaging and impeccably performed, ENRON is not your standard theatrical docudrama. This scathing depiction of one of history's most egregious examples of corporate malfeasance whips out every theatrical trick."

-Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

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Inspired by the real-life financial scandal of 2001, ENRON uses music, dance and video to explore one of the most infamous scandals in financial history, reviewing the tumultuous 1990s and casting a new light on the financial turmoil in which the world currently finds itself.

Directed by Rupert Goold, ENRON stars Tony Award Winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Emmy and Tony Award nominee Gregory Itzin (President Charles Logan on FOX’s “24”), Three Time Tony nominee Marin Mazzie (Kiss Me, Kate, Ragtime, Passion), and Tony award nominee Stephen Kunken (Rock ‘n Roll, Frost/Nixon).

Jordan Ballard, Brandon J. Dirden, Rightor Doyle, Anthony Holds, Ty Jones,
Ian Kahn, January LaVoy, Tom Nelis, Madisyn Shipman, Jeff Skowron, Lusia Strus, Mary Stewart Sullivan, NoahWeisberg, Ben Hartley,
and Ellyn Marie Marsh complete the cast.

The production features scenic and costume design by Anthony Ward, lighting by Mark Henderson, music and sound by Adam Cork, video and projection by Jon Driscoll and choreography by Scott Ambler.

ENRON, which was commissioned by Headlong Theatre premiered this past summer at the Minerva Theatre Chichester, and then moved for a six-week run at the Royal Court Theatre where it played through November 8, 2009. The play transferred to the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre in January 2010.

Headlong Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and Royal Court Theatre production of ENRON is presented on Broadway Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Matthew Byam Shaw, ACT Productions, Caro Newling for Neal Street, Beverly Bartner & Norman Tulchin, Lee Menzies, Bob Boyett, Scott M. Delman, INFINITY Stages, JK Productions, The Araca Group, Jamie deRoy, Mallory Factor, Michael Filerman, Ian Flooks, Ronald Frankel, James Fuld Jr., Dena Hammerstein, Rodger H. Hess, Jam Theatricals, Sharon Karmazin, Cheryl Lachowicz, OSTAR, Parnassus Enterprises Inc., Jon B. Platt, Judith Resnick, Daryl Roth, Stein and Gunderson Company, AnitaWaxman, TheWeinstein Company, Barry & Carole Kaye, Stewart F. Lane & Bonnie Comley, Fran & Barry Weissler, and The Shubert Organization.

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