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TO BE OR NOT TO BE’S JAN MAXWELL FEATURED IN PLAYBILL MAGAZINE

TO BE OR NOT TO BE’S

JAN MAXWELL

FEATURED IN PLAYBILL MAGAZINE

 

WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION

TO OPEN TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14 AT MTC’S FRIEDMAN THEATRE

 

Jan Maxwell, who is currently in previews for MTC’s world premiere production of TO BE OR NOT TO BE, is featured in the September issue of Playbill Magazine, currently available in theatres.

 

Maxwell spoke to Playbill’s Harry Haun about appearing in the play, working with director Casey Nicholaw, and how her husband, actor Robert Emmett Lunney, proposed to her during their final performance of Dancing at Lughnasa.

 

Below is an excerpt from the interview:

 

Jan Maxwell Is Stylishly Screwball in To Be or Not To Be

 

By Harry Haun
Playbill Magazine

September 13, 2008

 

Jan Maxwell’s class and sass infuse a new Broadway production of the classic comedy To Be or Not To Be.

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Elegant zanies don’t come in bunches, like bananas. The gold standard for stylish, sexy silliness was set last century by Carole Lombard in Twentieth Century, Nothing Sacred and To Be or Not To Be, among other films, and her pedestal is still unshaken.

 

To be or not to be is not the question for Jan Maxwell. She’ll be doing the Lombard part – not Lombard, she stresses – in a stage play Nick Whitby fashioned from the Ernst Lubitsch film that proved to be Lombard’s last. Not only has she not seen To Be Or Not To Be (and only the “Sweet Georgia Brown”-in-Polish number in the Mel Brooks-Anne Bancroft remake), she has just seen one Lombard movie in her life – a long time ago, and she doesn’t remember the title.

 

“I don’t understand people who watch the film before they do the stage version,” she admits. “I know it’s maybe a jumping-off point, but I don’t think it would be successful to try to do a Xerox of somebody else.”

 

That said, she’s flattered to have director Casey Nicholaw singing her praises. “After the first reading,” she recalls, “Casey, whom I’ve never worked with before but seems like the most delightful human being in the world, sent me an e-mail saying, ‘You blew us away’ and ‘If we do this, we’d love for you to have it.’ So I told my agent, ‘Whatever happens this year – if that comes to fruition, I want to do it…'”

 

 

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INFORMATION ABOUT TO BE OR NOT TO BE

Nick Whitby‘s TO BE OR NOT TO BE, based on the 1942 motion picture To Be or Not To Be, will open on Thursday, October 2 in a limited engagement at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

 

The production is directed by three-time Tony Awardâ nominee Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python’s Spamalot).

 

In addition to Maxwell, the cast features Peter Benson (The Pajama Game), Robert Dorfman (The Drowsy Chaperone), Steve Kazee (Monty Python’s Spamalot), Peter Maloney (Almost An Evening, Dinner At Eight), Michael McCarty (Mary Poppins), twotime Obie Award winner Kristine Nielsen (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, MTC’s Our Leading Lady), Brandon Perler (Broadway debut), David Rasche (Burn After Reading, MTC’s Regrets Only), Rocco Sisto (Iphigenia 2.0), Jimmy Smagula (Damn Yankees at Encores!), and Marina Squerciati (MTC’s Beauty of the Father).

 

The creative team for TO BE OR NOT TO BE includes: Anna Louizos (scenic design), Gregg Barnes (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Darron L West (sound design), Wendall and Zak (projection design), Josh Marquette (hair design), and David Caparelliotis (casting).

 

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. MTC productions have earned a total of 16 Tony Awards and five Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. Renowned MTC productions include Top Girls; From Up Here; Come Back, Little Sheba; The Receptionist; LoveMusik; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; Kimberly Akimbo; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Sylvia; Four Dogs and a Bone; Putting It Together; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin’

 

This season, MTC’s Broadway stage was renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The landmarked theatre has been the institution’s home on Broadway since 2003 and was rehabilitated by MTC following a two-year, $35 million capital campaign. In addition, MTC operates two theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street), its Off-Broadway home since 1984.

 

For more information on Manhattan Theatre Club, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

You can subscribe to MTC by calling (212) 399-3030, Monday – Friday, noon – 8 PM, with a major credit card. Subscriptions are available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

  • Via Telecharge.com: Single tickets to TO BE OR NOT TO BE are available via Telecharge.com by telephone at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area and online at Telecharge.com. For group ticket information, call (800) 432-7780. 
  • Via the Samuel J. Friedman Box Office: Tickets are available at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Tickets range in price from $56.50-$96.50. Student rush tickets are available the day of the performance at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office for $26.50.
  • MTC Subscriptions: You can subscribe to MTC by calling (212) 399-3030, Monday – Friday, noon – 8 PM, with a major credit card. Subscriptions are available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

 

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