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TO BE OR NOT TO BE IN THE NEWS

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

IN THE NEWS:

THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE DAILY NEWS,

BACKSTAGE MAGAZINE, TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES,

PLAYBILL ONLINE, & PAPER MAGAZINE ONLINE

 

WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION OPENS TODAY

AT THE SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

 

The Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere production of Nick Whitby‘s TO BE OR NOT TO BE, which opens tonight at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street), was recently featured in the news.

 

Over the weekend, the play, based on the 1942 motion picture To Be or Not To Be and directed by three-time Tonyâ nominee Casey Nicholaw, was featured in The New York Times, The Daily News, Backstage Magazine, as well as on the cable television channel Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Playbill Online, and Paper Magazine Online.

                       

Below are breakdowns of each of the press breaks, and when possible links to the stories:

 

THE NEW YORK TIMES’ “ARTS & LEISURE” SECTION

Jan Maxwell, who is appearing as ‘Maria Tura’ in TO BE OR NOT TO BE, was profiled in the Sunday New York Times. Maxwell, who has received critical acclaim for her recent performances both on Broadway and off, sat down with reporter Robert Simonson and discussed her early years as an actress and her love for New York theatre.

 

To read the full feature, CLICK HERE.

 

In addition, the Times’ website has created an online slideshow featuring photos from many of Maxwell’s critically acclaimed performances including her Tonyâ nominated performances in Coram Boy and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, for which she also received a Drama Desk Award.

 

To see the slideshow, CLICK HERE.

 

THE DAILY NEWS

Reporter Lisa Swan, looked at the film predecessors of the stage production of TO BE OR NOT TO BE. Swan went to the Daily News’ archives and quoted from the paper’s original review of the beloved 1942 film which starred Jack Benny and Carole Lombard and the review of the subsequent 1983 remake of the film which starred Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft.

 

Nick Whitby‘s play is based on the 1942 film directed by Ernst Lubitsch.

 

To read the full feature, CLICK HERE.

 

BACKSTAGE MAGAZINE

David Rasche, who is appearing as ‘Josef Tura’ in TO BE OR NOT TO BE, spoke to Backstage Magazine’s Simi Horwitz about the challenges of creating the role of ‘Josef’ on stage.

 

To read the full feature, CLICK HERE.

 

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES (TCM)

TO BE OR NOT TO BE is featured this month on the cable channel Turner Classic Movies (TCM). The play is a part of the channel’s regular news interstitial “Classic Movie News.” In addition, the original 1942 film will air on TCM Monday, October 27 at 8 PM (Eastern).

 

“Classic Movie News” airs regularly on TCM (Time Warner Channel 82), and to read more about the 1942 film, CLICK HERE.

 

PLAYBILL ONLINE

Steve Kazee, who is appearing as the young Polish bomber pilot ‘Sobinsky’ in TO BE OR NOT TO BE, recently participated in Playbill Online’s regular “Cue & A” feature which asks participants to fill out a questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.

 

To read Kazee’s answers, CLICK HERE.

 

PAPER MAGAZINE ONLINE

TO BE OR NOT TO BE actor Steve Kazee recently sat down with Paper Magazine’s Whitney Spaner for their website’s regular “Curtain Cutie” feature. Kazee discussed his small hometown in Kentucky, his first acting audition, and his two dogs Harley and Gracie.

 

To read the full feature, CLICK HERE.

 

 

ABOUT TO BE OR NOT TO BE

TO BE OR NOT TO BE opens today at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The play, written by Nick Whitby and based on the 1942 film To Be or Not To Be, is directed by three-time Tonyâ nominee Casey Nicholow (The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python’s Spamalot).

 

The production features Peter Benson (The Pajama Game), Robert Dorfman (The Drowsy Chaperone), Steve Kazee (Monty Python’s Spamalot), Tony Awardâ nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Jan Maxwell (Coram Boy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), 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 Regret’s Only) Rocco Sisto (Iphigenia 2.0), Jimmy Smagula (Damn Yankees at Encores!), and Marina Squerciati (MTC’s Beauty of the Father).

 

At the Polski Theatre in 1939 Warsaw, Josef (David Rasche) and Maria Tura (Jan Maxwell) are about to open yet another smash with their theatrical troupe. As the German invasion gets underway, the theatre is closed by the censors, forcing the troupe to face desperate times. But when a handsome young bomber pilot enlists their help to catch a spy, what is a group of actors to do? This hilarious black comedy is an ingenious commentary on the World War II era and an inspired tribute to the timeless joys of the theatre. 

The creative team for TO BE OR NOT TO BE will include: 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.

 

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 will be 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 will be 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

  • THROUGH 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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