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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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ROMANTIC POETRY IN THE NEWS

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

ROMANTIC POETRY

FEATURED IN THE STAR LEDGER AND THE BERGEN RECORD

 

WORLD PREMIERE NEW MUSICAL

BY JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY AND HENRY KRIEGER CURRENTLY PLAYING

AT MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

 

The Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere production of ROMANTIC POETRY, a new musical by John Patrick Shanley and Henry Krieger was recently featured in the news.

 

Over the weekend, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, lyricist and director John Patrick Shanley, was featured in The Star-Ledger and The Bergen RecordROMANTIC POETRY officially opened on Tuesday, October 28 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

 

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

 

THE BERGEN RECORD

John Patrick Shanley recently met with Robert Feldberg of The Bergen Record to talk collaborating with two-time Grammyâ-winning composer Henry Krieger to create ROMANTIC POETRY, as well as the process of adapting his Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt from a four person play to a feature film.

 

To read the full feature, CLICK HERE

 

 

THE STAR-LEDGER

Shanley was also profiled in The Star-Ledger.  Reporter Michael Sommers spoke to Shanley about the process of creating and editing his first musical, while putting the final touches on Doubt.

 

To read the full feature, CLICK HERE

 

 

ABOUT ROMANTIC POETRY

The world premiere of ROMANTIC POETRY, a new musical by John Patrick Shanley and Henry Krieger, officially opened on Tuesday, October 28 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

 

The show stars Jeb Brown (Grease, Ring of Fire), Jerry Dixon (tick, tick… BOOM!; Once On This Island), Ivan Hernandez (Zhivago, The Fantasticks), Mark Linn-Baker (Almost An Evening, “Perfect Strangers”), Patina Renea Miller (Hair, “All My Children”), and Emily Swallow (High Fidelity, The Black Eyed).

ROMANTIC POETRY features book and lyrics by John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck), music by Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), and direction by Shanley.

Connie of Woodmere (Swallow) has just married Fred of Newark (Hernandez), but her exes (Brown, Linn-Baker) are back in the picture and not sure they approve of the union. Mary of Greenpoint (Miller) climbs Frankie of Little Italy’s (Dixon) fire escape with amorous erotic intent – but things go awry as she reaches for her dream.  

They are all mad and they are all sane and they are all creating ROMANTIC POETRY. Genuine emotion and the excitement of living an ideal crisscross like a night of shooting stars. When you have the Academy Awardâ-winning author of Moonstruck writing the book and lyrics, and the two-time Grammyâ-winning composer of Dreamgirls collaborating, you know something delicious is coming from the kitchen.

The creative team for ROMANTIC POETRY includes: David Korins (scenic design), Laura Bauer (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Brian Ronan (sound design), Devanand Janki (musical staging), Sam Davis (music director / vocal arranger), August Eriksmoen (orchestrations), Howard Joines (Music Coordinator), 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.

For more information on Manhattan Theatre Club, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

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

TICKETING INFORMATION

  • Via New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix® (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. Tickets are $85.00. 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 2: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (Thanksgiving Week): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM; Tuesday at 7 PM. Matinees Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM. No performance on Thursday.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note that this week, there will only be seven performances on sale to the general public.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

 

 

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MTC’S ROMANTIC POETRY OPENS TONIGHT

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

WORLD PREMIERE NEW MUSICAL

BY JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY AND HENRY KRIEGER

ROMANTIC POETRY

TO OPEN TONIGHT, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28

AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

 

Manhattan Theatre Club‘s world premiere of ROMANTIC POETRY, a new musical by John Patrick Shanley and Henry Krieger, will open tonight, Tuesday, October 28 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

 

The show stars Jeb Brown (Grease, Ring of Fire), Jerry Dixon (tick, tick… BOOM!; Once On This Island), Ivan Hernandez (Zhivago, The Fantasticks), Mark Linn-Baker (Almost An Evening, “Perfect Strangers”), Patina Renea Miller (Hair, “All My Children”), and Emily Swallow (High Fidelity, The Black Eyed).

 

ROMANTIC POETRY features book and lyrics by John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck), music by Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), and direction by Shanley.

 

From the Tony Awardâ and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Doubt and the two-time Tonyâ-nominated composer of Dreamgirls comes this crackpot musical romance. 

 

Connie of Woodmere (Swallow) has just married Fred of Newark (Hernandez), but her exes (Brown, Linn-Baker) are back in the picture and not sure they approve of the union. Mary of Greenpoint (Miller) climbs Frankie of Little Italy’s (Dixon) fire escape with amorous erotic intent – but things go awry as she reaches for her dream. 

 

They are all mad and they are all sane and they are all creating ROMANTIC POETRY. Genuine emotion and the excitement of living an ideal crisscross like a night of shooting stars. When you have the Academy Awardâ-winning author of Moonstruck writing the book and lyrics, and the two-time Grammyâ-winning composer of Dreamgirls collaborating, you know something delicious is coming from the kitchen.

 

The creative team for ROMANTIC POETRY includes: David Korins (scenic design), Laura Bauer (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Brian Ronan (sound design), Devanand Janki (musical staging), Sam Davis (music director / vocal arranger), August Eriksmoen (orchestrations), Howard Joines (Music Coordinator), 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.

 

For more information on Manhattan Theatre Club, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

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.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION

  • Via New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix® (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. Tickets are $85.00. 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, OCTOBER 28 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (Thanksgiving Week): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM; Tuesday at 7 PM. Matinees Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM. No performance on Thursday.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note that this week, there will only be seven performances on sale to the general public.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

 

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MTC’S ROMANTIC POETRY STARTS PERFORMANCES TONIGHT

MAHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL

ROMANTIC POETRY

BEGINS PERFORMANCES TONIGHT

 

NEW JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY & HENRY KRIEGER MUSICAL

TO OPEN TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28 AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

 

Manhattan Theatre Club‘s world premiere of ROMANTIC POETRY, a new musical by John Patrick Shanley and Henry Krieger, will start previews tonight at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street) in preparation for a Tuesday, October 28 opening.

 

The show stars Jeb Brown (Grease, Ring of Fire), Jerry Dixon (tick, tick… BOOM!; Once On This Island), Ivan Hernandez (Zhivago, The Fantasticks), Mark Linn-Baker (Almost An Evening, “Perfect Strangers”), Patina Renea Miller (Hair, “All My Children”), and Emily Swallow (High Fidelity, The Black Eyed).

 

ROMANTIC POETRY features book and lyrics by John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck), music by Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), and direction by Shanley.

 

From the Tony Awardâ and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Doubt and the two-time Tonyâ-nominated composer of Dreamgirls comes this crackpot musical romance. 

 

Connie of Woodmere (Swallow) has just married Fred of Newark (Hernandez), but her exes (Brown, Linn-Baker) are back in the picture and not sure they approve of the union. Mary of Greenpoint (Miller) climbs Frankie of Little Italy’s (Dixon) fire escape with amorous erotic intent – but things go awry as she reaches for her dream. 

 

They are all mad and they are all sane and they are all creating ROMANTIC POETRY. Genuine emotion and the excitement of living an ideal crisscross like a night of shooting stars. When you have the Academy Awardâ-winning author of Moonstruck writing the book and lyrics, and the two-time Grammyâ-winning composer of Dreamgirls collaborating, you know something delicious is coming from the kitchen.

 

The creative team for ROMANTIC POETRY includes: David Korins (scenic design), Laura Bauer (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Brian Ronan (sound design), Devanand Janki (musical staging), Sam Davis (music director / vocal arrangements), August Eriksmoen (orchestrations), Howard Joines (Music Coordinator), 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.

 

For more information on Manhattan Theatre Club, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

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.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION

  • Via New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix® (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. Tickets are $85.00. 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, OCTOBER 5: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM. No performances Saturday evening or Sunday.
  • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM.
  • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (Thanksgiving Week): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM; Tuesday at 7 PM. Matinees Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM. No performance on Thursday.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note that this week, there will only be seven performances on sale to the general public.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

 

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ROMANTIC POETRY ANNOUNCES FULL CASTING

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

ANNOUNCES FULL CASTING FOR

WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL

ROMANTIC POETRY

 

NEW JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY & HENRY KRIEGER MUSICAL

TO BEGIN REHEARSALS TOMORROW

 

Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) is pleased to announce full casting for the upcoming world premiere of ROMANTIC POETRY, a new musical by John Patrick Shanley and Henry Krieger.

 

The show will star Jeb Brown (Grease, Ring of Fire), Jerry Dixon (tick, tick… BOOM!; Once On This Island), Ivan Hernandez (Zhivago, The Fantasticks), Mark Linn-Baker (Almost An Evening, “Perfect Strangers”), Patina Renea Miller (Hair, “All My Children”), and Emily Swallow (High Fidelity, The Black Eyed).

 

ROMANTIC POETRY will feature book and lyrics by John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck), music by Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), and direction by Shanley.

 

ROMANTIC POETRY will begin performances at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street) on Tuesday, September 30. The limited engagement will open Tuesday, October 28.

 

From the Tony Awardâ and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Doubt and the two-time Tonyâ-nominated composer of Dreamgirls comes this crackpot musical romance. 

 

Connie of Woodmere has just married Fred of Newark, but her exes are back in the picture and not sure they approve of the union. Mary of Greenpoint climbs Frankie of Little Italy’s fire escape with amorous erotic intent – but things go awry as she reaches for her dream. 

 

They are all mad and they are all sane and they are all creating ROMANTIC POETRY. Genuine emotion and the excitement of living an ideal crisscross like a night of shooting stars. When you have the Academy Awardâ-winning author of Moonstruck writing the book and lyrics, and the two-time Grammyâ-winning composer of Dreamgirls collaborating, you know something delicious is coming from the kitchen.

 

The creative team for ROMANTIC POETRY will include: David Korins (scenic design), Laura Bauer (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Brian Ronan (sound design), Devanand Janki (musical staging), Sam Davis (music director / vocal arrangements), August Eriksmoen (orchestrations), Howard Joines (Music Coordinator), 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; 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 will be 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.

 

During Meadow’s sabbatical this season, Daniel Sullivan, a close associate of MTC and director of several Manhattan Theatre Club productions (Rabbit Hole, Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen, Proof, Psychopathia Sexualis), has been serving as Acting Artistic Director. Meadow will resume her full duties as artistic director in September and is consulting on the planning of the 2008-2009 season.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION

  • Via New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street) and City Tix (212-581-1212): Starting Tuesday, September 2, single tickets for all Manhattan Theatre Club productions at New York City Center will be available by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212. Tickets are $75.00. 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 – Thursday, noon – 6 PM and Friday, 10 AM – 2 PM, with a major credit card. Subscriptions are available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM. No performances Saturday evening or Sunday.
  • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (Thanksgiving Week): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM; Tuesday at 7 PM. Matinees Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM. No performance on Thursday.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note that this week, there will only be seven performances on sale to the general public.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

 

BIOGRAPHIES

JEB BROWN has appeared on Broadway in Grease (“You’re the One That I Want” Revival), High Fidelity, Ring of Fire, Aida, I’m Not Rappaport, Bring Back Birdie, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Regional credits include Steppenwolf, McCarter, Paper Mill, Old Globe, Actors Theatre of Louisville, MUNY (8 seasons). Off-Broadway: Game Show. TV: Crazy for You “Great Performances,” “Law & Order: CI,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” Film: The Namesake (dir. Mira Nair), Renaissance Man (dir. Penny Marshall), I’ll Do Anything (dir. James L. Brooks). Award-winning Evidence Room Theatre Project, L.A (founder); Yale University (Whiffenpoof); Happiness Boys (upcoming).

 

JERRY DIXON has appeared in the Broadway and Off-Broadway original casts of Once on This Island (Daniel); Five Guys Named Moe (Nomax); Bright Lights, Big City (Tad Allagash); newyorkers (at MTC); The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Lucas); and  tick, tick… BOOM! (Michael – Drama Desk Nomination). Television and film: “Law & Order,” “Everwood,” The Peacemaker. Regional: Ragtime (Coalhouse at White Plains Performing Arts Center), Dreamgirls (Curtis at Long Beach Civic Light Opera), and Thunder Knocking On The Door (Jaguar at Yale Rep). Jerry has been a soloist with the Belgian National, Kalamazoo, Tawain, and Singapore Symphonies. Directing: Crowns, tick, tick… BOOM!, Ain’t Misbehavin, LaChanze in Concert (at Lincoln Center), and Laugh Whore, (assistant director under the direction of Joe Mantello). Developing direction: Barnstormer (musical adventure) and It’s Just Sex (sketch musical comedy). Writing: CBS, VH1, Comedy Central, “Guess Who’s Coming for Chitlins?” and original music for Laugh Whore on Broadway & Showtime.

 

IVAN HERNANDEZ previously appeared in the New York Stage and Film developmental production of Romantic Poetry. Off-Broadway credits include: The Fantasticks (El Gallo), The Most Happy Fella (Joey/NYCO), Yank (Mitch/NYMTF). Regional: The title role in Zhivago at La Jolla Playhouse, Sweeney Todd (Anthony/Fifth Ave Theatre), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Proteus/Baltimore Centre Stage), Señor Discretion Himself (Mark/Arena Stage). Film/TV: “As The World Turns,” “One Life To Live,” “Guiding Light,” “Chapelle’s Show,” “Watching and Waiting.” Developmental: Mambo Kings, Zorro. Hernandez received his B.A. from San Diego State University.

 

MARK LINN-BAKER appeared in the developmental production of Romantic Poetry at New York Stage and Film. He most recently appeared in Ethan Coen’s Almost An Evening which transferred to 45 Bleeker following a sold-out run at the Atlantic. Broadway: Losing Louie (MTC), A Year with Frog and Toad, Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Face Value, Doonesbury. Encores!: Pajama Game. New York Shakespeare Festival: All’s Well That Ends Well, Othello, Von Richthofen, Laundry Hour, Alice in Concert. Off-Broadway: Chesapeake (Drama Desk and Outer Critic’s Circle nominations), A Flea in Her Ear, The Miss Firecracker Contest (MTC). Regional: Yale Rep, ART Cambridge, Arena, Center Stage. Film: Manhattan, My Favorite Year, Noises Off, Laughter on the 23rd Floor. He starred as “Larry Appleton” for seven seasons on the ABC series “Perfect Strangers” and for one season as “Alan Arnold” on the WB series “Twins.” Other television includes: “Ally McBeal,” “Law & Order,” “Spin City,” “Sesame Street,” “Miami Vice,” “Moonlighting.” Linn-Baker is one of the co-founders and co-directors of the New York Stage and Film Company. As a director, credits include Christopher Durang’s Baby with the Bathwater at ART in Boston, and John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo at Vassar and Off-Broadway, Lewis Black’s LA Freewheeling, two seasons of ABC’s “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper,” as well as numerous series episodes for Lorimar and Warner Bros Television.

 

PATINA RENEA MILLER appeared in the developmental production of Romantic Poetry at Vassar and is currently appearing as Dionne in Hair at the Delacorte. Theater: Kay-T in Sister Act: The Musical at Pasadena Playhouse/Alliance Theatre; Mixed Company (at New York Stage and Film at Vassar); Pennywise in Urinetown (CMU); and Billy Porter’s upcoming Being Alive (Philadelphia Theatre Company). Patina plays ‘Pam’ on “All My Children” and received a BFA in Acting and Musical Theater from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

EMILY SWALLOW will make her MTC debut in Romantic Poetry. Broadway: High Fidelity.  New York: The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop); Measure for Pleasure, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear (workshop with Kevin Kline, Public Theater/NYSF); Orange Lemon Egg Canary (P.S. 122); Like Love (NYMF). Regional: Midsummer Night’s Dream (Guthrie); Enchanted April (San Jose Rep); Metamorphoses (Pioneer Theatre); Measure for Pleasure (Sundance Theatre Institute).  Film/TV: The Lucky Ones (upcoming); “Flight of the Conchords,” “Journeyman,” “Jericho,” and “The Guiding Light.”

 

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