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HIGHLIGHTS OF A STAR-FILLED 08-09 BROADWAY SEASON

2008-2009 Broadway Season Officially Ends

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF AN HISTORIC STAR-FILLED YEAR,

PACKED WITH PLAYS,  INCLUDES: 

 

The Seagull • A Man For All Seasons •  To Be Or Not To Be • All My Sons • White Christmas 

 Shrek •  Pal Joey •  Soul of Shaolin•  The American Plan  • Hedda Gabler •  33 Variations 

God Of Carnage •  Impressionism •  Exit The King • Mary Stuart •  The Norman Conquests 

The Philanthropist • Accent on Youth •  Waiting for Godot 

 

as well as the stars:

Joan Allen •  Matthew Broderick •  Stockard Channing    Jeff Daniels   Hope Davis

Jane Fonda    Sutton Foster   James Gandolfini •  John Glover •  John Goodman

Colin Hanks   Marcia Gay Harden • Katie Holmes   Jeremy Irons  •  Bill Irwin

Brian d’Arcy James   Nathan Lane •   Frank Langella John Lithgow   Samantha Mathis

Jan Maxwell   Janet McTeer •  Mary Loiuse Parker    David Hyde Pierce

Lily Rabe  David Rasche   Matthew Risch     Mercedes Ruehl    Geoffrey Rush

Susan Sarandon •  Peter Sarsgaard   Christopher Sieber  Kristin Scott Thomas

Harriet Walter • Steven Weber •  Dianne Wiest   Patrick Wilson

 

Visit the link below for a 2.5 minute glance back at the stars and shows this season

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ1ZH2TZNT8

 

 

Here are some highlights from the season. 

 

This was one of the busiest, starriest and eclectic Broadway seasons in years, featuring productions and performances that will make it one to remember.   Starting in October with The Seagull starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Peter Sarsgaard, through last night’s Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Waiting for Godot starring Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin, John Goodman and John Glover, 43 productions have opened on Broadway, including 10 new musicals, nine new plays, four musical revivals, 16 play revivals and five “special events.” 

 

Fall kicked off with the Royal Court’s acclaimed production of Chekhov’s The Seagull directed Ian Rickson, examining the romantic entanglements and regrets of a group of artists gathered on a Russian estate. 

 

Roundabout Theatre Company began autumn exploring politics, religion and power with Frank Langella in A Man for All Seasons directed by Doug Hughes, and wrapped up 2008 with Stockard Channing , Martha Plimpton  and Matthew Risch in Pal Joey, directed by Joe Mantello.  Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler starring Mary Louise Parker rang in the new year at Roundabout, in an adaptation by Christopher Shinn.

 

 

Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, asked audiences to reexamine the costs of war when it returned to Broadway this fall, directed by Simon McBurney and starring John Lithgow, Patrick Wilson, Dianne Wiest and Katie Holmes. 

 

Snow fell early on Broadway when Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, a new stage adaptation of the classic film, opened in November starring Stephen Bogardus, Kerry O’Malley, Jeffry Denman and Meredith Patterson, featuring direction by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreography by Randy Skinner.

 

The Great White Way saw green in December when Shrek The Musical landed at the Broadway Theatre starring Brian d’Arcy James as the loveable ogre and Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona. Also starring Daniel Breaker, Christopher Sieber and John Tartaglia, the new musical is directed by Jason Moore and written by David Lindsay Abaire (book & lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (musical) with choreography by Josh Prince.   Flying monks were spotted a few blocks south when Soul of Shaolin played a limited run at the Minskoff.

 

Manhattan Theatre Club opened their season with To Be Or Not to Be, directed by Casey Nicholaw and began the new year in the Catskill Mountains of the 1960s with Richard Greenberg’s The American Plan starring Mercedes Ruehl and Lily Rabe.  They wrapped up their season with Samuel Raphaelson’s on-and-off stage love story, Accent on Youth starring David Hyde Pierce and directed by Daniel Sullivan.

 

This spring, Jane Fonda returned to Broadway after 46 years to confront an obsession with Beethoven and to settle with her on stage daughter played by Samantha Mathis in Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations, alongside Colin Hanks and Zach Grenier.  Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden tried to make nice (and failed) in Yasmina Reza’s comedy God of Carnage directed by Matthew Warchus.  Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen returned to Broadway after long absences to star in Michael Jacobs’ examination of art and love in Impressionism, directed by Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien.

 

Fictitious monarchs Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon, and Lauren Ambrose – and unappreciated servant Andrea Martin – added their regal presence to the Rialto in Eugene Ionesco’s Exit the King under the direction of Broadway newcomer Neil Armfield.  Historic British royalty was welcomed when Harriet Walter and Janet McTeer took to the stage in the Donmar Warehouse production of Mary Stuart, directed by Phyllida Lloyd.  And The Norman Conquests, Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy, showcased a somewhat more middle class group of Brits, helmed by the busy Matthew Warchus.

 

Christopher Hampton’s The Philanthropist , directed by David Grindley and starring Matthew Broderick and Steven Weber, looked at the empty, insular lives of college intellectuals.  Appropriately closing the season is Samuel Beckett’s historic Waiting for Godot starring Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin, John Goodman and John Glover, and directed by Anthony Page.  It tells of two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone or something to explain life’s meaning – which, of course, never shows up.  Vladimir and Estragon might be relieved to know that as of yesterday, this year’s season has arrived at its end.

 

Please visit the link below for a 2.5 minute long glance back at the stars and shows this season  www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ1ZH2TZNT8

 

 

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2008-2009 DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD NOMINATIONS

2008-2009 DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD NOMINATIONS

 

Nominations for the 75th annual Drama League Awards, celebrating excellence in Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre, were announced this morning.

 

 

33 VARIATIONS has been nominated for Distinguished Production of a Play (Moisés Kaufman) and Distinguished Performance Award (Jane Fonda).

 

 

ACCENT ON YOUTH has been nominated for a Distinguished Performance Award (David Hyde Pierce).

 

 

ALL MY SONS has been nominated for a Distinguished Performance Award (Patrick Wilson), as well as an honor for previous Distinguished Performance Award winner John Lithgow.

 

 

THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN has been nominated Distinguished Revival of a Play (Garry Hynes) and Distinguished Performance Award (David Pearse).

 

 

DISTRACTED has been nominated for Distinguished Performance Award (Cynthia Nixon).

 

 

EXIT THE KING has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Play and two Distinguished Performance Awards  (Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon).

 

 

GOD OF CARNAGE has been nominated for Distinguished Production of a Play and two nominations for the Distinguished Performance Award (Marcia Gay Harden and James Gandolfini).

 

 

MARY STUART has been nominated Distinguished Revival of a Play and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Janet McTeer, Harriet Walter).

 

 

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Play and Distinguished Performance Award (Ben Miles).

 

 

PAL JOEY has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Musical and Distinguished Performance Award (Martha Plimpton).

 

 

RUINED has been nominated for Distinguished Production of a Play (Lynn Nottage) and Distinguished Performance Award (Saidah Arrika Ekulona).

 

 

THE SEAGULL has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Play and Distinguished Performance Award (Kristin Scott Thomas).  

 

 

SHREK THE MUSICAL has been nominated for Distinguished Production of a Musical and two Distinguished Performance  Awards (Sutton Foster , Christopher Sieber).

 

 

WAITING FOR GODOT has been nominated for two Distinguished Performance Awards  (John Glover , Bill Irwin).

 

 

Not for profit company nominations:

 

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY has been honored with two nominations for THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN.

 

 

MANHATAN THEATRE CLUB productions have been honored with three nominations including two for RUINED and one for ACCENT ON YOUTH.

 

 

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY productions have been honored with five nominations including two for WAITING FOR GODOT, two for PAL JOEY and onefor DISTRACTED. In addition past recipients of the Distinguished Performance Award will be honored on the dais for their work this season which includes: Stockard Channing (PAL JOEY), Frank Langella (A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS) and Mary-Louise Parker (HEDDA GABLER). 

 

 

 TO READ THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES, VISIT: http://tinyurl.com/c7f89a

ALL MY SON CLOSES ON JANUARY 11; HIT RECOUPS AND IS CELEBRATED ON TOP 10 LIST

“ALL MY SONS” CLOSES ON SUNDAY JANUARY 11

 

HIT PLAY RECOUPS, AND IS CELEBRATED ON TOP 10 LISTS

 

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ARTHUR MILLER PLAY STARS

 

JOHN LITHGOW, DIANNE WIEST, PATRICK WILSON AND KATIE HOLMES


DIRECTED BY SIMON McBURNEY

 

Arthur Miller’s ALL MY SONS starring John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Patrick Wilson and Katie Holmes will end its limited engagement as scheduled on Sunday January 11.   Directed by Simon McBurney, the hit production recouped its capitalization in December, and was named to numerous Top Ten lists for 2008.

 

Time Magazine called it “a vibrant new staging: stylized, hyperbolic and altogether riveting.”  Time Out New York said it was “a bold modern spin” on the Arthur Miller classic.   NY-1 News included it in their Top 10 Broadway Shows of the year, as did Newsday, which called it “a daring, wrenching and dreamlike revival of Arthur Miller’s eerily fresh 1947 drama.”  The Bergen Record included it in their lists of The Year’s Highs on Broadway and Entertainment Weekly included Katie Holmes in theirBest Hollywood Stage Debuts of 2008.”

ALL MY SONS began previews on September 18 and opened on October 16 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 West 45 Street.  This production of ALL MY SONS marked the first posthumous Broadway staging of an Arthur Miller play.
 
The production set a record for the weekly gross of a play ($739,653) at the Schoenfeld Theatre, which also marks a record for all Broadway plays this season.   

 

The cast of ALL MY SONS also features Becky Ann Baker, Christian Camargo, Jordan Gelber, Danielle Ferland, Damian Young, and Michael D’Addario.

Critics raved about the production: The New York Times said, “John Lithgow and Patrick Wilson are electric.” Variety called it “a commanding illustration of the power of theatre,” and the London Guardian called it “A play for Obama’s America.” The New Yorker said, “It’s a stretch to imagine anyone doing a better job than Simon McBurney does here.”  The New York Post called it “a powerfully acted revival with a starry cast.” Newsday said “John Lithgow and Dianne Wiest are shattering.”  The Associated Press said, “Katie Holmes has a striking presence.” 

  
Arthur Miller’s first successful play, ALL MY SONS won the Tony Award for the author in 1947 and ran for 328 performances on Broadway.  Miller took his inspiration from a true story about a successful business man who knowingly sold the government defective airplane parts during World War II with tragic consequences.  The truth comes out and his life unravels when his son prepares to marry his business partner’s daughter.

Design for ALL MY SONS was done by Tom Pye (sets and costumes); Paul Anderson (lights); Christopher Shutt  and Carolyn Downing (sound); Finn Ross for Mesmer (projections) and

Paul Huntley (wigs and hair).

 

ALL MY SONS is produced by Eric Falkenstein, Ostar Productions, Barabara H. Freitag, Stephanie P. McClelland, Scott Delman, Roy Furman, Ruth Hendel, in association with Hal Luftig, Jane Bergère, and Jamie deRoy.

 

ALL MY SONS plays Tue at 7, Wed-Sat at 8, Wed and Sat at 2, Sun at 3.  Tickets for evening performances and Saturday and Sunday matinee performances are $66.50 and $116.50.  Tickets for Wednesday matinee performances are $61.50 and $111.50.  All prices include a $1.50 facility fee. Tickets are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or visiting www.telecharge.com 

 

 

www.allmysonsonbroadway.com 

 

 

 

ALL MY SONS ANNOUNCES RECOUPMENT ON BROADWAY

“ALL MY SONS” ANNOUNCES RECOUPMENT

HIT ARTHUR MILLER PLAY
STARRING JOHN LITHGOW, DIANNE WIEST,

PATRICK WILSON AND KATIE HOLMES
ENDS LIMITED ENGAGEMENT ON JANUARY 11 2009

Producers of ALL MY SONS announced today that the new production of the Arthur Miller play has recouped it $3.25 million capitalization.  This marks the highest capitalization of a commercial play ever to be recouped.

 

The hit production starring John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Patrick Wilson and Katie Holmes, and directed by Simon McBurney, began previews on September 18 and opened on October 16 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 West 45 Street.  The limited engagement ends as scheduled on January 11 2009.  This production of ALL MY SONS marks the first posthumous Broadway staging of an Arthur Miller play.
 
The production set a record for the weekly gross of a play ($739,653) at the Schoenfeld Theatre, which also marks a record for all Broadway plays this season.  

The cast of ALL MY SONS also features Becky Ann Baker, Christian Camargo, Jordan Gelber, Danielle Ferland, Damian Young, and Michael D’Addario.

Critics raved about the production: The New York Times said, “John Lithgow and Patrick Wilson are electric.” Variety called it “a commanding illustration of the power of theatre,” and the London Guardian called it “A play for Obama’s America.” The New Yorker said, “It’s a stretch to imagine anyone doing a better job than Simon McBurney does here.”  The New York Post called it “a powerfully acted revival with a starry cast.” Newsday said “John Lithgow and Dianne Wiest are shattering.”  The Associated Press said, “Katie Holmes has a striking presence.” 

  
Arthur Miller’s first successful play, ALL MY SONS won the Tony Award for the author in 1947 and ran for 328 performances on Broadway.  Miller took his inspiration from a true story about a successful business man who knowingly sold the government defective airplane parts during World War II with tragic consequences.  The truth comes out and his life unravels when his son prepares to marry his business partner’s daughter.

Design for ALL MY SONS was done by Tom Pye (sets and costumes); Paul Anderson (lights); Christopher Shutt  and Carolyn Downing (sound); Finn Ross for Mesmer (projections) and Paul Huntley (wigs and hair).

 

ALL MY SONS is produced by Eric Falkenstein, Ostar Productions, Barabara H. Freitag, Stephanie P. McClelland, Scott Delman, Roy Furman, Ruth Hendel, in association with Hal Luftig, Jane Bergère, and Jamie deRoy.

 

ALL MY SONS plays Tue at 7, Wed-Sat at 8, Wed and Sat at 2, Sun at 3.  Tickets for evening performances and Saturday and Sunday matinee performances are $66.50 and $116.50.  Tickets for Wednesday matinee performances are $61.50 and $111.50.  All prices include a $1.50 facility fee. Tickets are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or visiting www.telecharge.com 

 

 

www.allmysonsonbroadway.com 

 

 

ALL MY SONS IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

“ALL MY SONS” IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

JOHN LITHGOW AND PATRICK WILSON FEATURED

 

 

ALL MY SONS stars John Lithgow and Patrick Wilson were interviewed by Patricia Cohen in today’s New York Times:

“The last time that John Lithgow and Patrick Wilson participated in the kind of theater exercises that they did to prepare for the current Broadway revival of “All My Sons” was in drama school.

Simon McBurney, the director, ‘had us take turns acting out a ball of cellophane slowly uncrumpling,’ said Mr. Lithgow, who plays Joe Keller, a likable machinery manufacturer. ‘That’s the one we joked that we’d be embarrassed to have reported.’

Mr. Wilson laughed in agreement. (Remember ‘A Chorus Line,’ when a dancer sings about being an ice cream cone in acting class and trying to melt?) Abashed or not, though, both award-winning actors readily admit that Mr. McBurney’s unconventional process worked. The exercises helped build up ‘the trust we have in each other,’ said Mr. Wilson, who plays Joe’s son Chris, the surviving one of two brothers who fought in World War II and who has come home to work with his dad.

Read the full article at:    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/12/theater/12sons.html?_r=1&ref=arts&oref=slogin

 

ALL MY SONS stars John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Patrick Wilson and Katie Holmes and plays a limited engagement through January 11 2008 at Broadway’s Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 West 45th Street.

 

www.allmysonsonbroadway.com 

 

 

ALL MY SONS: A PLAY FOR OBAMA’S AMERICA?

ALL MY SONS: A PLAY FOR OBAMA’S AMERICA?

 

Matt Wolf wrote about ALL MY SONS on his blog in yesterday’s London Guardian newspaper:

“I was greatly moved by Simon McBurney’s current sellout Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s play ALL MY SONS when I caught a recent, pre-election, matinee. But, it wasn’t until I stayed up through the night in London to watch Barack Obama sweep all before him, that I finally grasped in what particular way McBurney’s production delivers. I wonder, is it possible for a theatre production to be politically prescient; to capture the mood of the times without fully realising it?”

Read the full article at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/theatreblog/2008/nov/06/arthur-miller-broadway-obama

ALL MY SONS stars John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Patrick Wilson and Katie Holmes and plays a limited engagement through January 11 2008 at Broadway’s Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 West 45th Street.

 

 

www.allmysonsonbroadway.com 

 

ALL MY SONS DIRECTOR IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

ALL MY SONS DIRECTOR SIMON McBURNEY

FEATURED IN NEW YORK TIMES

AND ON WWW.NYTIMES.COM IN AUDIO SLIDESHOW

 

 

 

Acclaimed director Simon McBurney discusses his work on the current Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s ALL MY SONS in yesterday’s Arts & Leisure section and on the New York Times website in an audio slide show. 

 

ALL MY SONS stars John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Patrick Wilson and Katie Holmes and plays a limited engagement through January 11 2009  at Broadway’s Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 West 45th Street.  Tickets are available through www.telecharge.com.

  

The slideshow can be viewed and heard at the following link:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/10/26/theater/20081026-simon-mcburney/index.html

 

The feature article is available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/26/theater/26piep.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=simon%20mcburney&st=cse&oref=slogin