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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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BROADWAY’S IMPRESSIONISM TO CLOSE ON SUNDAY MAY 10

BROADWAY’S IMPRESSIONISM TO CLOSE ON SUNDAY MAY 10

 

Impressionism, the new American  play by Michael Jacobs, will close at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Sunday May 10 after the matinee performance.  It will have played 23 previews and 56 regular performances.

 

Impressionism stars Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons and is directed by Jack O’Brien.  The cast features Marsha Mason, André De Shields, Michael T. Weiss, Aaron Lazar, Margarita Levieva and Hadley Delany.   It opened on March 24 2009; previews began on February 28.

 

Impressionism’s creative team is Scott Pask (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Natasha Katz (lighting design), Elaine McCarthy (projection design) and Leon Rothenberg (sound design). Original music is by Bob James.

 

The production marks Ms. Allen’s first return to Broadway since The Heidi Chronicles in 1989, and Mr. Irons’ first time on Broadway since The Real Thing in 1984. 

 

Impressionism is the story of a world traveling photojournalist and a New York gallery owner who discover each other and also that there might be an art to repairing broken lives.

 

Tickets are available via Telecharge at www.telecharge.com or by phone at (212) 239-6200 and at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre Box Office (236 W. 45 St.).

 

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Jeremy Irons is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association.

 

www.impressionismtheplay.com 

 

WABC PRESENTS BROADWAY BACKSTAGE: SPRING PREVIEW MARCH 28

 

WABC-7 TV PRESENTS

“BROADWAY BACKSTAGE: SPRING PREVIEW”

SATURDAY, MARCH 28 at 7:30PM-8:00 PM

 

Hosted by WABC-7 News Anchor Lori Stokes and  

Tony Award winner & ACCENT ON YOUTH star

David Hyde Pierce

 

Tune in to WABC on Channel 7 for a sneak peek at

Broadway’s hottest shows including:

 

33 VARIATIONS, ACCENT ON YOUTH, EXIT THE KING, GOD OF CARNAGE, IMPRESSIONISM, MARY STUART, THE NORMAN CONQUESTS, THE PHILANTHROPIST, WAITING FOR GODOT

 

From highly anticipated starry revivals to compelling dramas and light hearted comedies, there’s something for everyone on Broadway this spring. WABC-7 will feature cast interviews and a special behind-the-scenes look at the following new Broadway shows and events:

 

  • 33 VARIATIONS

     Jane Fonda returns to Broadway after a 46 year absence in 33 VARIATIONS, written and directed by Moisés Kaufman. Jane and Moisés talk to    WABC about this new American play.

 

  • ACCENT ON YOUTH

David Hyde Pierce, who is currently in rehearsals for Manhattan Theatre Company’s Broadway production of ACCENT ON YOUTH, co-hosts this WABC special and discusses his return to Broadway in the upcoming comedy.

 

  • EXIT THE KING   

Academy Award-winners Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon talk about how much fun they are having in this new production of the Ionesco classic.

 

  • GOD OF CARNAGE

Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden talks about this hilarious critically-acclaimed new play by Yasmina Reza in which she stars with Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and James Gandolfini.

 

  • IMPRESSIONISM

      WABC speaks to Tony Award winners Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen, who are starring on Broadway in the romantic new play IMPRESSIONISM.

 

  • MARY STUART

      WABC sits down with Janet McTeer who plays the title role in this acclaimed  production from the Donmar Warehouse and London’s West End.

 

  • THE NORMAN CONQUESTS

      WABC provides a sneak peak at the critically praised production of Alan Ayckbourn‘s comedy trilogy, direct from a sold out run at The Old Vic in           London. 

 

  • THE PHILANTHROPIST

Stars Matthew Broderick and Steven Weber discuss their roles as best friends and colleagues in Christopher Hampton’s 1970 award winning academic comedy.

 

  • WAITING FOR GODOT

WABC follows along as stars Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin, John Goodman and John Glover pose for a WAITING FOR GODOT cast photo shoot. 

 

 

IMPRESSIONISM OPENS TOMORROW AND IS IN THE NEWS TODAY

“IMPRESSIONISM” IN THE NEWS

 

OPENS TOMORROW NIGHT TUESDAY MARCH 24

 

 

IMPRESSIONISM, the new American play opening on Broadway tomorrow starring Tony Award winners Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen is featured in the news this week.

 

Jeremy Irons is featured in Men’s VOGUE spring issue in an interview by Sophie Dahl with stunning photos by Norman Jean Roy taken on the Mediterranean: http://www.style.com//vogue/mensvogue/2009_April_Jeremy_Irons/

(This link will be live after Wed Mar 25).

 

The Los Angeles Times featured an interview with Irons yesterday:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-ca-jeremy-irons22-2009mar22,0,757871.story

 

Good Day New York will air a story on the show tomorrow morning Tue Mar 24.  GDNY airs on Channel 5 in New York between 7-9 AM.

 

And New York Magazine interviews co-star Andre De Shields in this week’s issue.

http://nymag.com/arts/theater/features/55479/

 

IMPRESSIONISM is directed by Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien and written by Michael Jacobs.  It is playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre and features Marsha Mason, André De Shields, Michael T. Weiss, Aaron Lazar, Margarita Levieva and Hadley Delany. 

 

IMPRESSIONISM‘s creative team is Scott Pask (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Natasha Katz (lighting design), Elaine McCarthy (projection design) and Leon Rothenberg (sound design). Original music is by Bob James.

 

The production marks Ms. Allen’s first return to Broadway since The Heidi Chronicles in 1989, and Mr. Irons’ first time on Broadway since The Real Thing in 1984. 

 

IMPRESSIONISM is the story of a world traveling photojournalist and a New York gallery owner who discover each other and also that there might be an art to repairing broken lives.

 

IMPRESSIONISM is produced by Ostar Productions, Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Chase Mishkin, Thomas Murphy, Jamie deRoy, Broadway Across America, Michael Filerman, Eric Falkenstein, Morris Berchard, Matt Murphy, Philip Geier/Donald R. Keough, Jennifer Manocherian/Wendy Federman, Max OnStage/Hugh Hysell.

 

 

Tickets are available via Telecharge at www.telecharge.com or by phone at (212) 239-6200 and

at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre Box Office (236 W. 45 St.).

 

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Jeremy Irons is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association.

www.impressionismtheplay.com

 

JEREMY IRONS TALKS TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ABOUT BROADWAY’S IMPRESSIONISM

JEREMY IRONS INTERVIEWED ON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

 ABOUT RETURNING TO BROADWAY

 

 IN “IMPRESSIONISM

 

Tony and Oscar Award winning actor Jeremy Irons is featured in an Associated Press interview in which he talks about IMPRESSIONISM, the new American play in which he’s starring opposite Joan Allen, opening on Broadway on Tuesday March 24.

 

Read the full interview here:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/03/20/entertainment/e115937D33.DTL

 

Tony Award winners Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons return to Broadway to star together in the world premiere of Impressionism by Michael Jacobs opening at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Tuesday March 24, 2009.   The production is directed by Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien and also features Marsha Mason, André De Shields, Michael T. Weiss, Aaron Lazar, Margarita Levieva and Hadley Delany. 

 

Impressionism‘s creative team is Scott Pask (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Natasha Katz (lighting design), Elaine McCarthy (projection design) and Leon Rothenberg (sound design). Original music is by Bob James.

 

The production marks Ms. Allen’s first return to Broadway since The Heidi Chronicles in 1989, and Mr. Irons’ first time on Broadway since The Real Thing in 1984. 

 

Impressionism is produced by Ostar Productions, Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Chase Mishkin, Jamie deRoy, Thomas Murphy, Broadway Across America, Michael Filerman, Eric Falkenstein, Morris Berchard, Matt Murphy/Suisman-Gasparian Philip Geier/Donald R. Keough, Jennifer Manocherian/Wendy Federman, Randall L. Wreghitt, Barbara Freitag/Ergo Entertainment, Max OnStage/Hugh Hysell/Richard Jordan.

 

Impressionism is the story of a world traveling photojournalist and a New York gallery owner who discover each other and also that there might be an art to repairing broken lives.

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Jeremy Irons is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association.

 

www.impressionismtheplay.com 

BROADWAY’S IMPRESSIONISM MOVES OFFICIAL OPENING TO MARCH 24

 

IMPRESSIONISM

SETS NEW OPENING DATE ON BROADWAY

TUESDAY, MARCH 24TH

AT THE GERALD SCHOENFELD THEATRE

 

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 The new American play, IMPRESSIONISM, currently in previews at the Schoenfeld Theatre, has announced a new official opening date.  Previously scheduled to open on Thursday, March 12th,  IMPRESSIONISM will now open on Tuesday, March 24th at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45 St.).

 

“We did not give Jack O’Brien and our extraordinary creative team and company enough time to fully prepare Michael Jacobs’s new play for Broadway,” said producer Bill Haber.  “IMPRESSIONISM is a world premiere on Broadway, which has not been work-shopped or played out of town. We are working hard in previews and we need more time to get the show finished for the official opening.”

 

The performance schedule will remain unchanged, apart from the Monday, March 9th performance which has been cancelled to allow more time for rehearsal.

 

IMPRESSIONISM stars Tony Award winners Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen and is directed by Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien.   The cast features Marsha Mason, André De Shields, Michael T. Weiss, Aaron Lazar, Margarita Levieva and Hadley Delany.

 

IMPRESSIONISM‘s creative team is Scott Pask (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Natasha Katz (lighting design), Elaine McCarthy (projection design) and Leon Rothenberg (sound design). Original music is by Bob James.

 

The production will mark Ms. Allen’s first return to Broadway since The Heidi Chronicles in 1989, and Mr. Irons’ first time on Broadway since The Real Thing in 1984. 

 

IMPRESSIONISM will be produced by Ostar Productions, Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Chase Mishkin, Jamie deRoy, Thomas Murphy, Broadway Across America, Michael Filerman, Eric Falkenstein, Morris Berchard, Matt Murphy/Suisman-Gasparian Philip Geier/Donald R. Keough, Jennifer Manocherian/Wendy Federman, Randall L. Wreghitt, Barbara Freitag/Ergo Entertainment, Max OnStage/Hugh Hysell/Richard Jordan.

 

IMPRESSIONISM is the story of a world traveling photojournalist and a New York gallery owner who discover each other and also that there might be an art to repairing broken lives.

 

Jeremy Irons is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association.

www.impressionismtheplay.com

 

IMPRESSIONISM BEGINS PERFORMANCES THIS SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28TH

IMPRESSIONISM

BEGINS PERFORMANCES ON BROADWAY

THIS SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28 AT 8 PM

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JEREMY IRONS AND JOAN ALLEN RETURN TO BROADWAY

IN NEW AMERICAN PLAY BY MICHAEL JACOBS

DIRECTED BY JACK O’BRIEN

 

At the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre,  Opening night March 12

 

 

Performances for the new American play IMPRESSIONISM starring Tony Award winners Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen begin this Saturday February 28 at 8 PM at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 W 45 St.)

 

Directed by Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien, IMPRESSIONISM will open on March 12.

 

The cast features Marsha Mason, André De Shields, Michael T. Weiss, Aaron Lazar, Margarita Levieva and Hadley Delany.

 

IMPRESSIONISM‘s creative team is Scott Pask (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Natasha Katz (lighting design), Elaine McCarthy (projection design) and Leon Rothenberg (sound design). Original music is by Bob James.

 

The production will mark Ms. Allen’s first return to Broadway since The Heidi Chronicles in 1989, and Mr. Irons’ first time on Broadway since The Real Thing in 1984. 

 

IMPRESSIONISM will be produced by Ostar Productions, Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Chase Mishkin, Thomas Murphy, Jamie deRoy, Broadway Across America, Michael Filerman, Eric Falkenstein, Morris Berchard, Randall L.Wreghitt, Matt Murphy, Philip Geier/Donald R. Keough, Jennifer Manocherian/Wendy Federman, Max OnStage/Hugh Hysell/Richard Jordan. 

 

IMPRESSIONISM is the story of a world traveling photojournalist and a New York gallery owner who discover each other and also that there might be an art to repairing broken lives.

 

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Jeremy Irons is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association.

www.impressionismtheplay.com