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Tony nominated Red director Michael Grandage receives raves for opera directing debut




Michael Grandage, the Tony Award-nominated director of RED on Broadway, received raves for his production of Britten’s Billy Budd at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.   The production marks Grandage’s opera directing debut.  
Here’s a sample of what the critics had to say:
The Independent – Review by Edward Seckerson, CLICK HERE 
“* * * * (out of five).  Michael Grandage in his thrilling operatic debut achieves a filmic transition between the swift moving scenes of the narrative.”
 Telegraph – Review by Rupert Christiansen, CLICK HERE 
“**** (out of five). Grandage’s immaculate staging offers a rare authenticity. Grandage captures all the ship’s sweaty shut in-ness, the hierarchy of its officers, the rigours of naval discipline, and the rituals of rope and sail. The story-telling is pellucid, the characterisation focused down to the last rating.
The Times – Review by Richard Morrison, CLICK HERE 
“Soaked and salted in authentic naval detail from yardarm to keel, Michael Grandage’s new staging of Britten’s 1951 opera is a must-see. Grandage makes his opera-directing debut with assurance and astuteness.”
Variety – Review by David Benedict, CLICK HERE 
“Blow … blow … blow her away …” The massed chorus unleashes a unison cry, the light intensifies, a massive flying roof piece arrives in position and the orchestra climaxes. No, not climaxes, explodes. Always a key moment in any staging of Benjamin Britten’s “Billy Budd,” it defines Michael Grandage’s magnificently controlled, shattering production. His fusing of music and drama is even more impressive considering that this is Grandage’s operatic debut.”
Evening Standard – Review by Barry Millington, CLICK HERE 
“Grandage succeeds in piercing the shadows of oppression and evil with transforming light. It is that redemptive quality that makes this great production such a moving experience.”

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RED, a new American play by John Logan about the master of twentieth century abstract impressionism, Mark Rothko, opened on Broadway on Thursday, April 1 at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue).  Previews began on Thursday, March 11.    

RED stars Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne, who created their roles in the world premiere production at the Donmar.  The production is directed by Donmar artistic director Michael Grandage.   RED marks playwright Logan’s Broadway debut.

RED is the winner of the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League Awards for Best Play.  It has been nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Play, Best Director (Michael Grandage), Best Actor (Alfred Molina), Best Featured Actor (Eddie Redmayne), Best Set Design (Christopher Oram), Best Lighting Design (Neil Austin) and Best Sound Design (Adam Cork).  
Eddie Redmayne is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.
As part of the Donmar’s commitment to greater accessibility, producer Arielle Tepper Madover has announced that more than 60 tickets priced at $25 will be available at every performance through Telecharge.com and the Golden Theatre box office.    
RED is set in 1958 as New York artist Mark Rothko (Alfred Molina) has received the art world’s largest commission to create a series of murals for The Four Seasons restaurant in the new Seagram building on Park Avenue.  Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, Ken (Eddie Redmayne) and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Rothko faces his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.   RED is a moving and compelling account of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, whose struggle to accept his growing riches and praise became his ultimate undoing.

RED opened December 8, 2009 at the Donmar.  The production was nominated for three 2010 Olivier Awards, including Best Play, with Eddie Redmayne winning the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.  

The production is designed by Christopher Oram, with lighting design by Neil Austin.  Composer and sound designer is Adam Cork.  

Tickets ($116.50-$25) are available throughTelecharge.com by phone at 212-239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com.  Performances are Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00, Sunday at 3:00 PM.  Beginning the week of April 12, Tuesday performances are at 7:00 PM.   

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