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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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MTC’S BACK BACK BACK BEGINS FINAL WEEK OF PREFORMANCES

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

BACK BACK BACK

BEGINS FINAL WEEK OF PERFORMANCES

 

“ONE OF 2008’S BEST NEW AMERICAN PLAYS”

-Wall Street Journal

 

BACK BACK BACK TO CONCLUDE LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28 AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE II

 

The Manhattan Theatre Club production of Itamar Moses’ BACK BACK BACK, the timely new play set in baseball’s steroid era, will conclude its limited engagement on Sunday, December 28.  The production will have played 21 previews and 47 regular performances.

 

BACK BACK BACK opened at MTC at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street) on Tuesday, November 18. Directed by Daniel Aukin (former artistic director of Soho Rep, director of Everything Will Be Different, [sic]), the production stars Jeremy Davidson (“Army Wives,” Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at The Kennedy Center), James Martinez (U.S. Drag, “Numb3rs”), and Michael Mosley (HBO’s “Generation Kill,” NBC’s “Kidnapped”).

 

Does greatness always come with a price? Can only someone with nothing to lose tell the whole truth? From Itamar Moses, the acclaimed writer of last season’s MTC Stage II hit The Four of Us and Bach at Leipzig, comes a stirring new drama about America’s favorite pastime. BACK BACK BACK follows the turbulent careers of three very different teammates (Davidson, Martinez, and Mosley) in baseball’s steroid era whose clubhouse secrets bring them under federal scrutiny. This timely new play reveals a riveting portrait of pressure, paranoia and payback in professional sports.

 

The creative team for BACK BACK BACK includes David Zinn (scenic and costume design), David Weiner (lighting design), and Ryan Rumery & Daniel Baker (sound design).

 

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; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Kimberly Akimbo; 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.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION

  • Via New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), City Tix (212-581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org: Single tickets for all Manhattan Theatre Club productions at New York City Center are available by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212, by visiting www.nycitycenter.org or by going to the New York City Center box office. Tickets are $52.00. Group and student rates are also available. For group ticket information, call (212) 399-3000 x 4132. Student tickets are $25 and will be on sale for all performances based on availability on the day of the performance, up to one hour before showtime. Call (212) 581-1212 for further information. MTC at New York City Center is accessible to people with disabilities and is equipped with a hearing augmentation system.
  • 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

  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28 (Christmas Week): Tuesday at 7:30 PM. Friday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note there are seven performances this week.

 

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www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com 

 

BACK BACK BACK REVIEWED IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL CALLS

BACK BACK BACK

“ONE OF 2008’S BEST NEW AMERICAN PLAYS”

 

TO READ FULL REVIEW

CLICK HERE

 

Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Itamar MosesBACK BACK BACK, which is currently in performances at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street), has received a rave review in the Wall Street Journal.

 

Below is Terry Teachout’s complete review where he calls the show, “one of the best new American plays to come my way in 2008.”

 

 

Wall Street Journal

By Terry Teachout

 

Itamar Moses is having himself a time. Two of his plays, “Back Back Back” and “Yellowjackets,” had high-profile premieres in San Diego and Berkeley earlier this year, while “The Four of Us” transferred from San Diego to New York for a successful Off-Broadway run. Meanwhile, “Bach in Leipzig,” the play that put Mr. Moses on the map in 2005, was revived to brilliant effect by Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Not bad for a 31-year-old phenom.

 

Now BACK BACK BACK has made its way to the Manhattan Theatre Club in a new production directed by Daniel Aukin, and I am delighted to report that it is a very superior piece of work, one of the best new American plays to come my way in 2008. This is all the more surprising given the unpromising fact that BACK BACK BACK is issue-driven – and that the issue in question is the use of steroids by major-league baseball players, about which José Canseco wrote three years ago in “Juiced,” the tell-all memoir whose publication triggered the congressional hearings that Mr. Moses portrays in the next-to-last scene of his play.

 

I know nothing about baseball beyond what I learned from watching “Bull Durham” and “Eight Men Out,” but I had no difficulty grasping what was going on in BACK BACK BACK. As a precaution, though, I brought along a baseball fan who assured me at evening’s end that Mr. Moses had gotten everything right – and that the play closely tracks the real-life events on which it is based. Yet BACK BACK BACK never feels like a docudrama, much less a polemic. Instead Mr. Moses has given us a taut, touchingly elegiac study of friendship and betrayal, one whose three characters (all perfectly played by Jeremy Davidson, James Martinez and Michael Mosley) are creatures of flesh and blood, not historical sock puppets.

 

To call Itamar Moses “promising” no longer makes sense. He is already one of America’s most accomplished playwrights, and I think he has even better things ahead of him. In the meantime, get in on the ground floor by seeing “Back Back Back.” Even if you don’t know the difference between a line drive and a foul ball, you’ll be glad you went.

 

Mr. Teachout, the Journal’s drama critic, blogs about theater and the other arts at www.terryteachout.com. Write to him at tteachout@wsj.com

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON BACK BACK BACK

 

Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Itamar Moses’ BACK BACK BACK is currently playing at MTC at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street).

 

Directed by Daniel Aukin (former artistic director of Soho Rep, director of Everything Will Be Different, [sic]), the production stars Jeremy Davidson (“Army Wives,” Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at The Kennedy Center), James Martinez (U.S. Drag, “Numb3rs”), and Michael Mosley (HBO’s “Generation Kill,” NBC’s “Kidnapped”).

 

Does greatness always come with a price? Can only someone with nothing to lose tell the whole truth? From Itamar Moses, the acclaimed writer of last season’s MTC Stage II hit The Four of Us and Bach at Leipzig, comes a stirring new drama about America’s favorite pastime. BACK BACK BACK follows the turbulent careers of three very different teammates (Davidson, Martinez, and Mosley) in baseball’s steroid era whose clubhouse secrets bring them under federal scrutiny. This timely new play reveals a riveting portrait of pressure, paranoia and payback in professional sports.

 

The creative team for BACK BACK BACK includes David Zinn (scenic and costume design), David Weiner (lighting design), and Ryan Rumery & Daniel Baker (sound design).

 

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; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Kimberly Akimbo; 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.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION

  • Via New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), City Tix (212-581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org: Single tickets for all Manhattan Theatre Club productions at New York City Center are available by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212, by visiting www.nycitycenter.org or by going to the New York City Center box office. Tickets are $52.00. Group and student rates are also available. For group ticket information, call (212) 399-3000 x 4132. Student tickets are $25 and will be on sale for all performances based on availability on the day of the performance, up to one hour before showtime. Call (212) 581-1212 for further information. MTC at New York City Center is accessible to people with disabilities and is equipped with a hearing augmentation system.
  • 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

  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7: Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14: Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note there will only be seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21: Tuesday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note there are nine performances this week.
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 22 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28 (Christmas Week): Monday – Tuesday at 7:30 PM. Friday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note there are seven performances this week.

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www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com 

BACK BACK BACK REVIEWED IN TIME OUT NEW YORK

MTC’S

BACK BACK BACK

RECEIVES ‘5 STARS’ IN TIME OUT NEW YORK

 

Manhattan Theatre Club‘s production of Itamar MosesBACK BACK BACK has received a five star review in today’s issue of Time Out New York, on stands now.

 

Directed by Daniel Aukin (former artistic director of Soho Rep, director of Everything Will Be Different, [sic]), the production stars Jeremy Davidson (“Army Wives,” Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at The Kennedy Center), James Martinez (U.S. Drag, “Numb3rs”), and Michael Mosley (HBO’s “Generation Kill,” NBC’s “Kidnapped”).

 

Below is the excerpted review from Time Out:

 

 

By Rob Weinert-Kendt

Excerpted from Time Out New York

November 19, 2008

 

5 STARS (OUT OF 6)

 

BACK BACK BACK

Manhattan Theatre Club

By Itamar Moses

Directed by Daniel Aukin

 

No one plays king of the hill more craftily than Itamar Moses, who has made jockeying for position among high-performing males the animating subject of his best plays so far, Bach at Leipzig and The Four of Us. Maybe that’s why BACK BACK BACK, Moses’ taut, beautifully modulated three-hander about steroid use among pro baseballers, feels like a homecoming. Sports’ ruthless meritocracy makes an ideal playground for the status struggles behind macho bonhomie, the tentative respect that flickers between rivals.

 

Athletes also make for rich characters: with their open competitive drive, they transmit a play’s worth of subtextual conflict as naturally as they move. Watch the cocky Raul (James Martinez) strut around the weight room, coiled to strike, and contrast that with wary, wiry Kent (Jeremy Davidson), who hangs back until he’s good and ready. When Kent… fixes his attention on a nervy rookie (Michael Mosley), it’s riveting. “Hold the moment,” Kent coaches the newbie, with regard to press conferences – practicing brilliantly what he preaches.

 

The play’s brief against steroids slow-cooks from the 1984 Olympics to the 2005 congressional hearings. Outrage eventually emerges – like every other telling emotion in BACK BACK BACK – with the bewildering force of a curveball pitch. Daniel Aukin‘s direction, clean as a line drive, accentuates what feels like a razor’s edge between the confidence to keep quiet and the terrible loneliness of not knowing what to say.

 

 

Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Itamar Moses’ BACK BACK BACK is currently playing at MTC at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street).

 

Directed by Daniel Aukin (former artistic director of Soho Rep, director of Everything Will Be Different, [sic]), the production stars Jeremy Davidson (“Army Wives,” Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at The Kennedy Center), James Martinez (U.S. Drag, “Numb3rs”), and Michael Mosley (HBO’s “Generation Kill,” NBC’s “Kidnapped”).

 

Does greatness always come with a price? Can only someone with nothing to lose tell the whole truth? From Itamar Moses, the acclaimed writer of last season’s MTC Stage II hit The Four of Us and Bach at Leipzig, comes a stirring new drama about America’s favorite pastime. BACK BACK BACK follows the turbulent careers of three very different teammates (Davidson, Martinez, and Mosley) in baseball’s steroid era whose clubhouse secrets bring them under federal scrutiny. This timely new play reveals a riveting portrait of pressure, paranoia and payback in professional sports.

 

The creative team for BACK BACK BACK includes David Zinn (scenic and costume design), David Weiner (lighting design), and Ryan Rumery & Daniel Baker (sound design).

 

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; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Kimberly Akimbo; 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.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION

  • Via New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), City Tix (212-581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org: Single tickets for all Manhattan Theatre Club productions at New York City Center are available by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212, by visiting www.nycitycenter.org or by going to the New York City Center box office. Tickets are $52.00. Group and student rates are also available. For group ticket information, call (212) 399-3000 x 4132. Student tickets are $25 and will be on sale for all performances based on availability on the day of the performance, up to one hour before showtime. Call (212) 581-1212 for further information. MTC at New York City Center is accessible to people with disabilities and is equipped with a hearing augmentation system.
  • 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 – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (Thanksgiving Week): Monday – Wednesday at 7:30 PM, Friday – Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7: Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14: Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note there will only be seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21: Tuesday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note there are nine performances this week.
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 22 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28 (Christmas Week): Monday – Tuesday at 7:30 PM. Friday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note there are seven performances this week.
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 29 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 (New Year’s Week): Monday – Tuesday at 7:30 PM. Thursday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.

 

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www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com 

 

 

MTC’S BACK BACK BACK FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

MTC’S

BACK BACK BACK

FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

 

NEW YORK PREMIERE OF STIRRING NEW BASEBALL DRAMA

TO OPEN TOMORROW AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE II

 

The Manhattan Theatre Club production of Itamar Moses’ BACK BACK BACK, the timely new play set in baseball’s steroid era, was featured in Sunday’s New York Daily News.

 

In the piece, noted sports writer Steve Kettmann says “BACK BACK BACK offers what no one else has: a fully imagined moral response to the pressing question of how the steroid era in baseball happened and what it meant.”

 

Kettmann, who covered baseball for the San Francisco Examiner and was the ghost writer for Jose Canseco’s New York Times best-selling book Juiced, spoke to playwright Itamar Moses about BACK BACK BACK and what ultimately inspired him to write the play, a work of dramatic fiction set inside the world of professional baseball.

 

To read Steve Kettmann’s column, CLICK HERE.

 

BACK BACK BACK will open tomorrow at MTC at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street). Directed by Daniel Aukin (former artistic director of Soho Rep, director of Everything Will Be Different, [sic]), the production stars Jeremy Davidson (“Army Wives,” Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at The Kennedy Center), James Martinez (U.S. Drag, “Numb3rs”), and Michael Mosley (HBO’s “Generation Kill,” NBC’s “Kidnapped”).

 

Does greatness always come with a price? Can only someone with nothing to lose tell the whole truth? From Itamar Moses, the acclaimed writer of last season’s MTC Stage II hit The Four of Us and Bach at Leipzig, comes a stirring new drama about America’s favorite pastime. BACK BACK BACK follows the turbulent careers of three very different teammates (Davidson, Martinez, and Mosley) in baseball’s steroid era whose clubhouse secrets bring them under federal scrutiny. This timely new play reveals a riveting portrait of pressure, paranoia and payback in professional sports.

 

The creative team for BACK BACK BACK includes David Zinn (scenic and costume design), David Weiner (lighting design), and Ryan Rumery & Daniel Baker (sound design).

 

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; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Kimberly Akimbo; 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.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION

  • Via New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), City Tix (212-581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org: Single tickets for all Manhattan Theatre Club productions at New York City Center are available by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212, by visiting www.nycitycenter.org or by going to the New York City Center box office. Tickets are $52.00. Group and student rates are also available. For group ticket information, call (212) 399-3000 x 4132. Student tickets are $25 and will be on sale for all performances based on availability on the day of the performance, up to one hour before showtime. Call (212) 581-1212 for further information. MTC at New York City Center is accessible to people with disabilities and is equipped with a hearing augmentation system.
  • 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 – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (Thanksgiving Week): Monday – Wednesday at 7:30 PM, Friday – Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7: Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14: Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note there will only be seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21: Tuesday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note there are nine performances this week.
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 22 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28 (Christmas Week): Monday – Tuesday at 7:30 PM. Friday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note there are seven performances this week.
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 29 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 (New Year’s Week): Monday – Tuesday at 7:30 PM. Thursday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.

 

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www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com 

 

ITMAR MOSES FEATURED IN TIME OUT NEW YORK

BACK BACK BACK

PLAYWRIGHT ITAMAR MOSES

FEATURED IN TIME OUT NEW YORK

 

STIRRING NEW BASEBALL DRAMA TO OPEN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18

AT MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE II

 

Itamar Moses, whose play BACK BACK BACK is now in previews at Manhattan Theatre Club, is featured in the current issue of Time Out New York.

 

Moses spoke to reporter Adam Feldman about his recent success as a playwright and an auspicious voicemail from Lynne Meadow, MTC’s artistic director, that eventually led to last season’s acclaimed production of The Four of Us and the current production of BACK BACK BACK, his new drama set in baseball’s steroid era.

 

Time Out New York is on newsstands now.

 

BACK BACK BACK is now in previews at MTC at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street) in preparation for a Tuesday, November 18 opening. Directed by Daniel Aukin (former artistic director of Soho Rep, director of Everything Will Be Different, [sic]), the production stars Jeremy Davidson (“Army Wives,” Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at The Kennedy Center), James Martinez (U.S. Drag, “Numb3rs”), and Michael Mosley (HBO’s “Generation Kill,” NBC’s “Kidnapped”).

 

Does greatness always come with a price? Can only someone with nothing to lose tell the whole truth? From Itamar Moses, the acclaimed writer of last season’s MTC Stage II hit The Four of Us and Bach at Leipzig, comes a stirring new drama about America’s favorite pastime. BACK BACK BACK follows the turbulent careers of three very different teammates (Davidson, Martinez, and Mosley) in baseball’s steroid era whose clubhouse secrets bring them under federal scrutiny. This timely new play reveals a riveting portrait of pressure, paranoia and payback in professional sports.

 

The creative team for BACK BACK BACK includes David Zinn (scenic and costume design), David Weiner (lighting design), and Ryan Rumery & Daniel Baker (sound design).

 

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; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Kimberly Akimbo; 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.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION

  • Via New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), City Tix (212-581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org: Single tickets for all Manhattan Theatre Club productions at New York City Center are available by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212, by visiting www.nycitycenter.org or by going to the New York City Center box office. Tickets are $52.00. Group and student rates are also available. For group ticket information, call (212) 399-3000 x 4132. Student tickets are $25 and will be on sale for all performances based on availability on the day of the performance, up to one hour before showtime. Call (212) 581-1212 for further information. MTC at New York City Center is accessible to people with disabilities and is equipped with a hearing augmentation system.
  • 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 – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (Thanksgiving Week): Monday – Wednesday at 7:30 PM, Friday – Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7: Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14: Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note there will only be seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21: Tuesday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note there are nine performances this week.
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 22 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28 (Christmas Week): Monday – Tuesday at 7:30 PM. Friday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note there are seven performances this week.
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 29 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 (New Year’s Week): Monday – Tuesday at 7:30 PM. Thursday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.

BACK BACK BACK STARTS PERFORMANCES TONIGHT

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

PRODUCTION OF ITAMAR MOSES’

BACK BACK BACK

TO START PERFORMANCES TONIGHT, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30

AT MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE II

 

Manhattan Theatre Club‘s production of Itamar MosesBACK BACK BACK will begin performances tonight, Thursday, October 30 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street) in preparation for a Tuesday, November 18 opening night.

 

Directed by Daniel Aukin (former artistic director of Soho Rep, director of Everything Will Be Different, [sic]), the production stars Jeremy Davidson (“Army Wives,” Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at The Kennedy Center), James Martinez (U.S. Drag, “Numb3rs”), and Michael Mosley (HBO’s “Generation Kill,” NBC’s “Kidnapped”).

 

As previously announced, tomorrow, October 31, the first 25 people who show up to the box office after 6:15 PM wearing baseball jerseys (or other attire showing support for their favorite baseball team) will receive free admission to that evening’s performance at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street).

 

After the 25 free tickets have been distributed, MTC will offer a special $20 ticket to the Friday, October 31 performance to all other people who show up wearing baseball attire.

 

The ticket distribution will begin at 6:15 PM that day. After the 25 free tickets have been distributed, the special $20 tickets will go on sale at the New York City Center box office. The $20 ticket is a limited offer to the October 31 performance only and the offer is subject to availability.

 

Offer valid for 10/31/08 performance only.  Reg. price: $52.00. All sales are final – no refunds or exchanges. Offer is subject to availability and prior sales.  Cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion. Offer may be revoked at any time without notice.

 

 

Does greatness always come with a price? Can only someone with nothing to lose tell the whole truth? From Itamar Moses, the acclaimed writer of last season’s MTC Stage II hit The Four of Us and Bach at Leipzig, comes a stirring new drama about America’s favorite pastime. BACK BACK BACK follows the turbulent careers of three very different teammates (Davidson, Martinez, and Mosley) in baseball’s steroid era whose clubhouse secrets bring them under federal scrutiny. This timely new play reveals a riveting portrait of pressure, paranoia and payback in professional sports.

 

The creative team for BACK BACK BACK includes David Zinn (scenic and costume design), David Weiner (lighting design), and Ryan Rumery & Daniel Baker (sound design).

 

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; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Kimberly Akimbo; 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.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION

  • Via New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), City Tix (212-581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org: Single tickets for all Manhattan Theatre Club productions at New York City Center are available by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212, by visiting www.nycitycenter.org or by going to the New York City Center box office. Tickets are $52.00. Group and student rates are also available. For group ticket information, call (212) 399-3000 x 4132. Student tickets are $25 and will be on sale for all performances based on availability on the day of the performance, up to one hour before showtime. Call (212) 581-1212 for further information. MTC at New York City Center is accessible to people with disabilities and is equipped with a hearing augmentation system.
  • 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

  • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2: Thursday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 2:30 PM.
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23: Tuesday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (Thanksgiving Week): Monday – Wednesday at 7:30 PM, Friday – Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7: Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14: Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note there will only be seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21: Tuesday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note there are nine performances this week.
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 22 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28 (Christmas Week): Monday – Tuesday at 7:30 PM. Friday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note there are seven performances this week.
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 29 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 (New Year’s Week): Monday – Tuesday at 7:30 PM. Thursday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.