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TO BE OR NOT TO BE IN THE NEWS

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

IN THE NEWS:

THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE DAILY NEWS,

BACKSTAGE MAGAZINE, TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES,

PLAYBILL ONLINE, & PAPER MAGAZINE ONLINE

 

WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION OPENS TODAY

AT THE SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

 

The Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere production of Nick Whitby‘s TO BE OR NOT TO BE, which opens tonight at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street), was recently featured in the news.

 

Over the weekend, the play, based on the 1942 motion picture To Be or Not To Be and directed by three-time Tony√Ę nominee Casey Nicholaw, was featured in The New York Times, The Daily News, Backstage Magazine, as well as on the cable television channel Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Playbill Online, and Paper Magazine Online.

                       

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

 

THE NEW YORK TIMES’ “ARTS & LEISURE” SECTION

Jan Maxwell, who is appearing as ‚ÄėMaria Tura’ in TO BE OR NOT TO BE, was profiled in the Sunday New York Times. Maxwell, who has received critical acclaim for her recent performances both on Broadway and off, sat down with reporter Robert Simonson and discussed her early years as an actress and her love for New York theatre.

 

To read the full feature, CLICK HERE.

 

In addition, the Times’ website has created an online slideshow featuring photos from many of Maxwell’s critically acclaimed performances including her Tony√Ę nominated performances in Coram Boy and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, for which she also received a Drama Desk Award.

 

To see the slideshow, CLICK HERE.

 

THE DAILY NEWS

Reporter Lisa Swan, looked at the film predecessors of the stage production of TO BE OR NOT TO BE. Swan went to the Daily News’ archives and quoted from the paper’s original review of the beloved 1942 film which starred Jack Benny and Carole Lombard and the review of the subsequent 1983 remake of the film which starred Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft.

 

Nick Whitby‘s play is based on the 1942 film directed by Ernst Lubitsch.

 

To read the full feature, CLICK HERE.

 

BACKSTAGE MAGAZINE

David Rasche, who is appearing as ‚ÄėJosef Tura’ in TO BE OR NOT TO BE, spoke to Backstage Magazine’s Simi Horwitz about the challenges of creating the role of ‚ÄėJosef’ on stage.

 

To read the full feature, CLICK HERE.

 

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES (TCM)

TO BE OR NOT TO BE is featured this month on the cable channel Turner Classic Movies (TCM). The play is a part of the channel’s regular news interstitial “Classic Movie News.” In addition, the original 1942 film will air on TCM Monday, October 27 at 8 PM (Eastern).

 

“Classic Movie News” airs regularly on TCM (Time Warner Channel 82), and to read more about the 1942 film, CLICK HERE.

 

PLAYBILL ONLINE

Steve Kazee, who is appearing as the young Polish bomber pilot ‚ÄėSobinsky’ in TO BE OR NOT TO BE, recently participated in Playbill Online’s regular “Cue & A” feature which asks participants to fill out a questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.

 

To read Kazee’s answers, CLICK HERE.

 

PAPER MAGAZINE ONLINE

TO BE OR NOT TO BE actor Steve Kazee recently sat down with Paper Magazine’s Whitney Spaner for their website’s regular “Curtain Cutie” feature. Kazee discussed his small hometown in Kentucky, his first acting audition, and his two dogs Harley and Gracie.

 

To read the full feature, CLICK HERE.

 

 

ABOUT TO BE OR NOT TO BE

TO BE OR NOT TO BE opens today at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The play, written by Nick Whitby and based on the 1942 film To Be or Not To Be, is directed by three-time Tony√Ę nominee Casey Nicholow (The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python’s Spamalot).

 

The production features Peter Benson (The Pajama Game), Robert Dorfman (The Drowsy Chaperone), Steve Kazee (Monty Python’s Spamalot), Tony Award√Ę nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Jan Maxwell (Coram Boy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Peter Maloney (Almost An Evening, Dinner At Eight), Michael McCarty (Mary Poppins), twotime Obie Award winner Kristine Nielsen (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, MTC’s Our Leading Lady), Brandon Perler (Broadway debut), David Rasche (Burn After Reading, MTC’s Regret’s Only) Rocco Sisto (Iphigenia 2.0), Jimmy Smagula (Damn Yankees at Encores!), and Marina Squerciati (MTC’s Beauty of the Father).

 

At the Polski Theatre in 1939 Warsaw, Josef (David Rasche) and Maria Tura (Jan Maxwell) are about to open yet another smash with their theatrical troupe. As the German invasion gets underway, the theatre is closed by the censors, forcing the troupe to face desperate times. But when a handsome young bomber pilot enlists their help to catch a spy, what is a group of actors to do? This hilarious black comedy is an ingenious commentary on the World War II era and an inspired tribute to the timeless joys of the theatre. 

The creative team for TO BE OR NOT TO BE will include: Anna Louizos (scenic design), Gregg Barnes (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Darron L West (sound design), Wendall and Zak (projection design), Josh Marquette (hair design), 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.

 

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.

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

 

  • Via Telecharge.com: Single tickets to¬†TO BE OR NOT TO BE will be available via Telecharge.com by telephone at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area and online at Telecharge.com. For group ticket information, call (800) 432-7780.¬†
  • Via the Samuel J. Friedman Box Office: Tickets will be available at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Tickets range in price from $56.50-$96.50.¬†Student rush tickets are available the day of the performance at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office for $26.50.
  • 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 at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

 

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www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com 

MTC ANNOUNCES GUESTS AND DATES FOR AFTER WORDS: TO BE OR NOT TO BE

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

ANNOUNCES GUESTS AND DATES FOR

“AFTER WORDS: TO BE OR NOT TO BE”

 

POPULAR DISCUSSION SERIES

TO RESUME SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

FEATURING THE VILLAGE VOICE FILM CRITIC J. HOBERMAN

& FILM PROFESSOR FOSTER HIRSCH

 

Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce guests and dates for After Words, the popular discussion series at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The series begins its third season on Saturday, September 20 following the matinee performance of TO BE OR NOT TO BE with J. Hoberman, film critic for The Village Voice, and Foster Hirsch, professor of film at Brooklyn College. The discussion will be moderated by Lisa McNulty, MTC’s Associate Director of Artistic Operations.

 

After Words is part of MTC’s continuing effort to deepen and enrich the play-going experience for its audiences. Held after selected Saturday matinees at the Friedman Theatre, this exciting series of talks with writers, cultural critics, journalists, and members of the TO BE OR NOT TO BE cast and creative team provides provocative and illuminating insights into the political, cultural, and artistic contexts of the work MTC produces at the Friedman Theatre.

 

Future editions of After Words will include:

 

On Saturday, September 27, After Words will feature James Harvey, author of Romantic Comedy in Hollywood: from Lubitsch to Sturges, TO BE OR NOT TO BE director Casey Nicholaw, and David Shookhoff, MTC’s Director of Education.

 

On Saturday, October 4, After Words will welcome Catherine Sheehy, chair of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama who teaches a seminar on “American Stage and Screen Comedy,” and Lisa McNulty, MTC’s Associate Director of Artistic Operations.

 

For more information on After Words, or to download a podcast of past After Words, please visit: www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

BIOGRAPHIES 

JAMES HARVEY is a playwright, essayist and critic.¬† He is the author of Romantic Comedy in Hollywood: from Lubitsch to Sturges, and Movie Love in the Fifties.¬†His work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, Film Comment, The Threepenny Review, Opera News, and Variety.¬† He is a Professor Emeritus in English at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.¬†He has taught film at The New School and at University of California, Berkeley, curated film series at the Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and he appears in the recent Turner Classic Movies documentary, “Cary Grant:¬†A Class Apart.”¬† He lives in Brooklyn and is currently writing a book on personality in the movies, to be published by Farrar Straus/Faber and Faber.

 

FOSTER HIRSCH is Professor of Film at Brooklyn College and the author of 16 books on film and theatre, including Kurt Weill on Stage: from Broadway to Berlin and, most recently, Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King (Knopf). He is a frequent host/moderator at numerous venues including the American Cinematheque, the Harvard Club, the National Arts Club, and Film Forum. He has lectured on film in India, Israel, Dubai, China, New Zealand, England, France, Saudi Arabia, and Germany. 

 

J. HOBERMAN is the senior film critic for The Village Voice, where he’s been reviewing movies for over 30 years. He¬†teaches film history¬†at Cooper Union in New York, practical media criticism at NYU, and has been a guest lecturer¬†at Harvard University. Hoberman has published 10 books, including Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between Two Worlds, The Red Atlantis: Communist Culture in the Absence of Communism, The Dream Life: Movies, Media, and The Mythology of the Sixties, and Midnight Movies, a collaboration with Chicago Reader film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum.

CATHERINE SHEEHY is Resident Dramaturg of Yale Repertory Theatre and chair of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama. At Yale she has worked as dramaturg on numerous productions and was co-adaptor of the Yale Rep production of King Stag. Her Pride & Prejudice has been produced at the Asolo Theatre in Florida and at Dallas Theater Center. She teaches seminars in American Stage and Screen Comedy, Restoration and 18th Century British Comedy, Comic Theory, the Collaborative Process, Models of Dramaturgy, and Satire. As a dramaturg she has worked throughout the U.S. and in Ireland. She is also a former associate editor of American Theatre and a former managing editor of Theater magazine.

 

INFORMATION ABOUT TO BE OR NOT TO BE

Nick Whitby‘s TO BE OR NOT TO BE, based on the 1942 motion picture To Be or Not To Be, will open on Tuesday, October 14 in a limited engagement at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

 

The production is directed by three-time Tony Award√Ę nominee Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python’s Spamalot).

 

The cast features Peter Benson (The Pajama Game), Robert Dorfman (The Drowsy Chaperone), Steve Kazee (Monty Python’s Spamalot), Tony Award√Ę nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Jan Maxwell (Coram Boy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Peter Maloney (Almost An Evening, Dinner At Eight), Michael McCarty (Mary Poppins), twotime Obie Award winner Kristine Nielsen (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, MTC’s Our Leading Lady), Brandon Perler (Broadway debut), David Rasche (Burn After Reading, MTC’s Regrets Only), Rocco Sisto (Iphigenia 2.0), Jimmy Smagula (Damn Yankees at Encores!), and Marina Squerciati (MTC’s Beauty of the Father).

 

The creative team for TO BE OR NOT TO BE includes: Anna Louizos (scenic design), Gregg Barnes (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Darron L West (sound design), Wendall and Zak (projection design), Josh Marquette (hair design), 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.

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

  • Via Telecharge.com: Single tickets to¬†TO BE OR NOT TO BE are available via Telecharge.com by telephone at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area and online at Telecharge.com. For group ticket information, call (800) 432-7780.¬†
  • Via the Samuel J. Friedman Box Office: Tickets are available at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Tickets range in price from $56.50-$96.50.¬†Student rush tickets are available the day of the performance at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office for $26.50.
  • 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, SEPTEMBER 28: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

 

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www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com 

 

TO BE OR NOT TO BE’S JAN MAXWELL FEATURED IN PLAYBILL MAGAZINE

TO BE OR NOT TO BE’S

JAN MAXWELL

FEATURED IN PLAYBILL MAGAZINE

 

WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION

TO OPEN TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14 AT MTC’S FRIEDMAN THEATRE

 

Jan Maxwell, who is currently in previews for MTC’s world premiere production of TO BE OR NOT TO BE, is featured in the September issue of Playbill Magazine, currently available in theatres.

 

Maxwell spoke to Playbill’s Harry Haun about appearing in the play, working with director Casey Nicholaw, and how her husband, actor Robert Emmett Lunney, proposed to her during their final performance of Dancing at Lughnasa.

 

Below is an excerpt from the interview:

 

Jan Maxwell Is Stylishly Screwball in To Be or Not To Be

 

By Harry Haun
Playbill Magazine

September 13, 2008

 

Jan Maxwell’s class and sass infuse a new Broadway production of the classic comedy To Be or Not To Be.

*

Elegant zanies don’t come in bunches, like bananas. The gold standard for stylish, sexy silliness was set last century by Carole Lombard in Twentieth Century, Nothing Sacred and To Be or Not To Be, among other films, and her pedestal is still unshaken.

 

To be or not to be is not the question for Jan Maxwell. She’ll be doing the Lombard part – not Lombard, she stresses – in a stage play Nick Whitby fashioned from the Ernst Lubitsch film that proved to be Lombard’s last. Not only has she not seen To Be Or Not To Be (and only the “Sweet Georgia Brown”-in-Polish number in the Mel Brooks-Anne Bancroft remake), she has just seen one Lombard movie in her life – a long time ago, and she doesn’t remember the title.

 

“I don’t understand people who watch the film before they do the stage version,” she admits. “I know it’s maybe a jumping-off point, but I don’t think it would be successful to try to do a Xerox of somebody else.”

 

That said, she’s flattered to have director Casey Nicholaw singing her praises. “After the first reading,” she recalls, “Casey, whom I’ve never worked with before but seems like the most delightful human being in the world, sent me an e-mail saying, ‚ÄėYou blew us away’ and ‚ÄėIf we do this, we’d love for you to have it.’ So I told my agent, ‚ÄėWhatever happens this year – if that comes to fruition, I want to do it…'”

 

 

TO READ THE COMPLETE FEATURE

CLICK HERE

 

 

 

INFORMATION ABOUT TO BE OR NOT TO BE

Nick Whitby‘s TO BE OR NOT TO BE, based on the 1942 motion picture To Be or Not To Be, will open on Thursday, October 2 in a limited engagement at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

 

The production is directed by three-time Tony Award√Ę nominee Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python’s Spamalot).

 

In addition to Maxwell, the cast features Peter Benson (The Pajama Game), Robert Dorfman (The Drowsy Chaperone), Steve Kazee (Monty Python’s Spamalot), Peter Maloney (Almost An Evening, Dinner At Eight), Michael McCarty (Mary Poppins), twotime Obie Award winner Kristine Nielsen (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, MTC’s Our Leading Lady), Brandon Perler (Broadway debut), David Rasche (Burn After Reading, MTC’s Regrets Only), Rocco Sisto (Iphigenia 2.0), Jimmy Smagula (Damn Yankees at Encores!), and Marina Squerciati (MTC’s Beauty of the Father).

 

The creative team for TO BE OR NOT TO BE includes: Anna Louizos (scenic design), Gregg Barnes (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Darron L West (sound design), Wendall and Zak (projection design), Josh Marquette (hair design), 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.

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

  • Via Telecharge.com: Single tickets to¬†TO BE OR NOT TO BE are available via Telecharge.com by telephone at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area and online at Telecharge.com. For group ticket information, call (800) 432-7780.¬†
  • Via the Samuel J. Friedman Box Office: Tickets are available at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Tickets range in price from $56.50-$96.50.¬†Student rush tickets are available the day of the performance at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office for $26.50.
  • 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

  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

 

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www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com 

 

DAVID RASCHE JOINS CAST OF TO BE OR NOT TO BE

David Rasche has joined the cast of MTC’s TO BE OR NOT TO BE in the role of ‚ÄėJosef.’

This fall, Rasche will be seen in the Coen Brothers‘ newest film Burn After Reading opposite Brad Pitt and George Clooney. He will also be seen in the recently wrapped BBC Films production of In The Loop alongside James Gandolfini, Anna Chlumsky, and Steve Coogan and the recently wrapped independent feature film Blue Eyes in which he plays the title role. Rasche was seen in Clint Eastwood‘s film Flags of Our Fathers and previously appeared in MTC’s hit world premiere production of Paul Rudnick‘s Regrets Only. He most recently appeared in CSC’s acclaimed production of The Seagull opposite Alan Cumming and Dianne Wiest for which Rasche received the 2008 Richard Seff Award.

Rasche joins the previously announced cast of TO BE OR NOT TO BE which includes Peter Benson, Robert Dorfman, Steve Kazee, Peter Maloney, Jan Maxwell, Michael McCarty, Kristine Nielsen, Brandon Perler, Rocco Sisto, Jimmy Smagula, and Marina Squerciati.

TO BE OR NOT TO BE is scheduled to begin previews at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (214 West 47th Street) on Thursday, September 11 and open on Thursday, October 2.

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BIOGRAPHY

DAVID RASCHE (Josef) has appeared in several recent MTC productions including Regrets Only, Moonlight and Magnolias, Five By Tenn, and Last Dance. This fall, Rasche will be seen in the Coen Brothers’ newest film Burn After Reading opposite Brad Pitt and George Clooney. He will also be seen in the recently wrapped BBC Films production of In The Loop alongside James Gandolfini, Anna Chlumsky, and Steve Coogan and the recently wrapped independent feature film Blue Eyes in which he plays the title role. He most recently appeared in CSC’s acclaimed production of The Seagull opposite Alan Cumming and Dianne Wiest for which Rasche received the 2008 Richard Seff Award. He also appeared in the Westport Country Playhouse’s production of Arthur Miller’s 1976 drama, The Archbishop’s Ceiling (dir. Gregory Mosher). Last year, he also performed in Lovely Day (dir. Blair Brown) and Elvis and Juliet with Fred Willard. Recent films include Sentinel, with Michael Douglas and Kim Basinger, United 93, and Clint Eastwood’s Flags of our Fathers.

MTC’S TO BE OR NOT TO BE ON SALE NOW

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

NOW ON SALE

PREVIEWS TO BEGIN THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

FOR A THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2 OPENING

 

Tickets for the Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) upcoming world premiere Broadway production of Nick Whitby‘s TO BE OR NOT TO BE are now on sale. The play, based on the 1942 motion picture To Be or Not To Be, will be directed by three-time Tony Award√Ę nominee Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python’s Spamalot).

 

Tickets are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, or online by visiting www.Telecharge.com.  Beginning Monday, August 25, tickets will also be available by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Ticket prices are $56.50-$96.50.

 

TO BE OR NOT TO BE will be the first production of Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2008-2009 season. The limited engagement will begin previews at the soon to be renamed Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) on Thursday, September 11 and will open on Thursday, October 2. As previously announced, the Biltmore Theatre will be renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Thursday, September 4.

 

At the Polski Theatre in 1939 Warsaw, Josef (Craig Bierko) and Maria Tura (Jan Maxwell) are about to open yet another smash with their theatrical troupe. As the German invasion gets underway, the theatre is closed by the censors, forcing the troupe to face desperate times. But when a handsome young bomber pilot enlists their help to catch a spy, what is a group of actors to do? This hilarious black comedy is an ingenious commentary on the World War II era and an inspired tribute to the timeless joys of the theatre. 

 

The show will feature Peter Benson (The Pajama Game), Tony Award√Ę nominee Craig Bierko (The Music Man, The Long Kiss Goodnight), Robert Dorfman (The Drowsy Chaperone), Steve Kazee (Monty Python’s Spamalot), Tony Award√Ę nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Jan Maxwell (Coram Boy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Michael McCarty (Mary Poppins), Tony Award√Ę nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Brian Murray (The Little Foxes, MTC’s A Small Family Business, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead), twotime Obie Award winner Kristine Nielsen (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, MTC’s Our Leading Lady), Brandon Perler (Broadway debut), Rocco Sisto (Iphigenia 2.0), Jimmy Smagula (Damn Yankees at Encores!), and Marina Squerciati (MTC’s Beauty of the Father).

 

The creative team for TO BE OR NOT TO BE will include: Anna Louizos (Scenic Design), Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (Lighting Design), Darron L West (Sound Design), Wendall and Zach (Projection Design), Josh Marquette (Hair Design), 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’.¬†

 

In 2003, MTC reopened Broadway’s landmark, long-neglected Biltmore Theatre, soon to be renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 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.

 

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.

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

  • Via Telecharge.com: Single tickets to¬†TO BE OR NOT TO BE will be available via Telecharge.com by telephone at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area and online at Telecharge.com. For group ticket information, call (800) 432-7780.¬†
  • Via the Samuel J. Friedman Box Office (Starting Monday, August 25): Tickets will be available at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue, Mon-Sat 12 PM – 6 PM, closed on Sunday). Tickets range in price from $56.50-$96.50.¬†Student rush tickets are available the day of the performance at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office for $26.50.
  • 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

  • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14: Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Sunday at 2 PM & 7 PM (please note there is no Saturday matinee).
  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM.

 

TO BE OR NOT TO BE ANNOUNCES FULL CASTING

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

ANNOUNCES FULL CASTING FOR

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

 

WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION

TO BEGIN REHEARSALS TOMORROW

                                                                           

Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) is pleased to announce full casting for their upcoming world premiere production of Nick Whitby‘s TO BE OR NOT TO BE. The play, based on the 1942 motion picture To Be or Not To Be, will be directed by three-time Tony Award√Ę nominee Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python’s Spamalot).

 

The show will feature Peter Benson (The Pajama Game), Tony Award√Ę nominee Craig Bierko (The Music Man, The Long Kiss Goodnight), Robert Dorfman (The Drowsy Chaperone), Steve Kazee (Monty Python’s Spamalot), Tony Award√Ę nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Jan Maxwell (Coram Boy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Michael McCarty (Mary Poppins), Tony Award√Ę nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Brian Murray (The Little Foxes, MTC’s A Small Family Business, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead), twotime Obie Award winner Kristine Nielsen (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, MTC’s Our Leading Lady), Brandon Perler (Broadway debut), Rocco Sisto (Iphigenia 2.0), Jimmy Smagula (Damn Yankees at Encores!), and Marina Squerciati (MTC’s Beauty of the Father).

 

TO BE OR NOT TO BE will be the first production of Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2008-2009 season. The limited engagement will begin previews at the soon to be renamed Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) on Thursday, September 11 and will open on Thursday, October 2. As previously announced, the Biltmore Theatre will be renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre prior to the show beginning previews.

 

At the Polski Theatre in 1939 Warsaw, Josef (Craig Bierko) and Maria Tura (Jan Maxwell) are about to open yet another smash with their theatrical troupe. As the German invasion gets underway, the theatre is closed by the censors, forcing the troupe to face desperate times. But when a handsome young bomber pilot enlists their help to catch a spy, what is a group of actors to do? This hilarious black comedy is an ingenious commentary on the World War II era and an inspired tribute to the timeless joys of the theatre. 

 

The creative team for TO BE OR NOT TO BE will include: Anna Louizos (Scenic Design), Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (Lighting Design), Darron L West (Sound Design), Wendall and Zak (Projection Design), Josh Marquette (Hair Design), 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’.¬†

 

In 2003, MTC reopened Broadway’s landmark, long-neglected Biltmore Theatre, soon to be renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 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.

 

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.

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

  • Via Telecharge.com (Starting, Sunday, August 17): Single tickets to¬†TO BE OR NOT TO BE will be available via Telecharge.com by telephone at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area and online at Telecharge.com. For group ticket information, call (800) 432-7780.¬†
  • Via the Samuel J. Friedman Box Office (Starting Monday, August 25): Tickets will be available at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Tickets range in price from $56.50-$96.50.¬†Student rush tickets are available the day of the performance at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office for $26.50.
  • 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

  • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14: Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Sunday at 2 PM & 7 PM (please note there is no Saturday matinee).
  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM.

 

BIOGRAPHIES

PETER BENSON (Rowicz). Broadway: The Pajama Game (‚ÄėPrez,’ Outer Critics Circle Nomination: Outstanding Featured Actor), Wonderful Town (‚ÄėFrank Lippencot’), Roundabout Theatre Co. production of Cabaret at Studio 54, Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter (‚ÄėBilly Robbins’), Little Me (multiple roles), and State Fair (‚ÄėHarry’). Off-Broadway: The Maddening Truth (Keen Co.) The New Moon (Encores!), Tina Howe’s Birth and Afterbirth (Atlantic Theatre Co.) The Country Club (The Drama Dept.). On television Mr. Benson has guest starred on “Law & Order,” “Ed,” “Strangers with Candy,” “Law & Order: CI,” and appeared as a regular on HBO’s “OZ” and ABC’s “Hi Honey I’m Home.”

 

CRAIG BIERKO (Josef). For his role in The Music Man (director Susan Stroman), Bierko was nominated for the Tony Award√Ę for Best Actor in a Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical and won a 2000 Theatre World Award. Other theatre: Modern Orthodox (director James Lapine), Thou Shalt Not (director Susan Stroman). Film: Bill, For Your Consideration, Scary Movie 4, Cinderella Man, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Kate & Leopold, The Suburbans, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Long Kiss Goodnight, ‚ÄėTil There Was You. TV: “Unhitched,” “Boston Legal,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Sex and the City,” “Ally McBeal,” and “Mad About You.” Bierko is a graduate of Northwestern University.

 

ROBERT DORFMAN (Grunberg/ Magician) previously worked with director Casey Nicholaw on the national tour of The Drowsy Chaperone. He also appeared in the Broadway productions of The Lion King under director Julie Taymor and Social Security under director Mike Nichols. His Off-Broadway credits include: Hamlet (CSC), The Wax (Playwrights Horizons), The Dybbuk (The Public), The Lisbon Traviata (MTC), the original production of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart (The Public), and Two Gentleman of Verona (Delacorte). Dorfman has appeared in Julie Taymor’s film Fool’s Fire as well as It Could Happen To You and Vampire’s Kiss. His television credits include: “Madigan Men,” “Diagnosis Murder,” and “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.”

 

STEVE KAZEE (Sobinsky) will be making his MTC debut in the production.¬† Kazee recently appeared as ‚ÄėStarbuck’ in the Roundabout Theatre Co. production of 110 in the Shade. Other Broadway credits include Monty Python’s Spamalot as ‚ÄėSir Lancelot’ and Edward Albee’s Seascape. Regionally, Kazee appeared in The Subject Was Roses (Kennedy Center), where he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor alongside Bill Pullman and Judith Ivey. Off-Broadway: As You Like It (NYSF). TV/Film: guest stars on “NCIS” (CBS), “NUMB3RS” (CBS), “Medium” (NBC), “Conviction” (NBC), and “As the World Turns” (CBS). Steve received his MFA in Acting from the prestigious NYU Tisch Graduate Acting Program. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 2005.

 

JAN MAXWELL (Maria) most recently appeared in Scenes From An Execution with the Potomac Theatre Project presented at Atlantic Theatre’s Stage 2.¬† Previously with PTP, she appeared in The Castle by Howard Barker (Washington, DC), and Camille by Alexandre Dumas (Olney Theatre Center). Other credits include Broadway: Coram Boy (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination), Sixteen Wounded (Drama Desk nomination), A Doll’s House, The Sound of Music, The Dinner Party, Dancing At Lughnasa, and City of Angels.¬† Off-Broadway: Substitution, Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Drama Desk nomination),¬† The Bald Soprano (Atlantic Theatre), Opening Doors (Carnegie Hall), Jules Feiffer’s A Bad Friend (Lincoln Center), Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady (Lucille Lortel Award, Drama Desk nomination), Alan Ayckbourn’s House and Garden (MTC). Television: “Law & Order” (NBC), “AIDS – Changing the Rules” (PBS).

 

MICHAEL McCARTY (Colonel Erhard). Broadway:¬†Mary Poppins, Royal National Theatre’s Oklahoma!, 42nd Street, Sweeney Todd, Big River, Teddy & Alice, Oliver!, Amadeus, King of Hearts, Dirty Linen, and Newfoundland. Tours: Pippin, 1776, Greater Tuna. LA: Ragtime, Grand Hotel. Films: A dozen, including Robert Redford’s Legend of Bagger Vance. TV: Guest star of over 50 shows. Recent regional: Big Daddy in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse), Sir Toby in Twelfth Night (Guthrie Theatre).

 

BRIAN MURRAY (Dowasz) Broadway: The Rivals, The Crucible (Tony nomination), Uncle Vanya (Drama Desk nomination), Twelfth Night, The Little Foxes (Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination), Racing Demon, MTC’s A Small Family Business (Drama Desk nomination), Noises Off (Drama Desk Award), Black Comedy, Sleuth, Da, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Tony nomination). Off Broadway: Gaslight, Colder Than Here, Much Ado About Nothing, Beckett/Albee, Scattergood, Hobson’s Choice, The Play About the Baby (Obie Award), Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Entertainer, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Misalliance, Molly Sweeney, Travels with My Aunt (Drama Desk, OCC awards), Mud River Stone, Ashes (Obie), Spread Eagle, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing and The Butterfly Collection. Regional: The world premieres of Edward Albee’s Me, Myself, and I and A Seagull In The Hamptons at the McCarter and Alfred Uhry’s Edgardo Mine at Hartford Stage and The Guthrie. As director (Broadway): The Circle, Blithe Spirit, Hay Fever, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Show Off, The Waltz of the Toreadors. Film/TV: Bob Roberts, City Hall, Treasure Planet (voice of John Silver) “The Investigation,” “Liberty,” “Hamlet,” “Twelfth Night.” Recipient: 1998 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, 1998 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, Fox Foundation Fellow.¬†

 

KRISTINE NIELSEN (Anna). Broadway: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, A Streetcar Named Desire (Roundabout), Spring Awakening, The Green Bird, Jackie: An American Life, The Iceman Cometh.¬† Off-Broadway: Die Mommie, Die! (New World Stages); Our Leading Lady, Based on a Totally True Story, Wonder of the World (Manhattan Theatre Club); Miss Witherspoon, Betty’s Summer Vacation (Obie Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nomination) at Playwrights Horizons; Machinal, Dog Opera (Obie Award) at the Public. Film: The Savages, Small Time Crooks.¬† TV: “Conviction,” “Law & Order: CI,” “Law & Order.” Graduate of Yale School of Drama.

 

BRANDON PERLER (Young Grunberg) is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut in To Be or Not To Be.¬†Other credits include “Saturday Night Live,” various national network commercials, and numerous voice-overs. ¬†

 

ROCCO SISTO (Silewsky/ Magician’s Assistant). Broadway: Amadeus, A Month in the Country (RTC), The Comedy of Errors (LCT). Recent Off-Broadway: The Palace of the End (Epic Theatre Ensemble), Iphigenia 2.0 (Signature Theatre). Regional theatre credits include ACT Seattle and Seattle Rep., Mark Taper (LA), The Guthrie, Dallas Theatre Center, Center Stage (Baltimore), among others. Films include: Donnie Braco, Frequency, Eraser, Illuminata, Carlito’s Way and the cult hit The American Astronaut. Television: “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: C.I.,” “Homicide,” “C.S.I.,” “Close to Home,” “Star Trek,” “T.N.G.,” “Alias,” “N.Y.P.D. Blue,” and “J.A.G.” Founding member Shakespeare & Co. Awards: OBIE for The Winter’s Tale (Public Theatre) OBIE and Drama Desk nomination and Drama League Award for Quills (N.Y.T.W.) He holds an MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting Program.

 

JIMMY SMAGULA (Walowski/ Schweinlich) most recently was seen in the Encores! production of Damn Yankees. He previously appeared as ‚ÄėPiangi’ both on Broadway and in the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera. Other Broadway: Man of La Mancha (2002 revival original company), The Full Monty (original company). Television: Bravo’s “The It Factor,” “The Sopranos,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “The Job,” “Law & Order: SVU,” numerous commercials. Film: The Island, The Producers: The Movie Musical. Regional theatre: ‚ÄėBeadle Bamford’ in Sweeney Todd with Kelsey Grammer and Christine Baranski in Los Angeles and at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA; Children of Eden and Man of La Mancha (Paper Mill Playhouse); The Full Monty (Old Globe). Recordings: Man of La Mancha, The Full Monty, Children of Eden, Jamie DeRoy and Friends.

 

MARINA SQUERCIATI (Eva). Off-Broadway:¬†Beauty of the Father, directed by Michael Greif at Manhattan Theatre Club.¬†She was also in: The Toad Poems (The SoHo Playhouse),¬†Perfect Harmony¬†(Shubert Theatre), Ride (WHAT), The Underpants (Capital Rep), The Winter’s Tale (Williamstown Theatre Festival/dir. Darko Tresnjak), Demon at the Door (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Boston Marriage (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Stay, Illusion (Abingdon Theatre), The Song of Grendelyn (Alice’s Fourth Floor Theatre), Flyers and Other Tales (Jewel Box Theatre). Film: Aimless (Southshore Entertainment), and The Nutcracker, directed by Emile Ardolino. TV: “Guiding Light,” “Domestic Bliss” (Pilot), “Empty Nest” (NBC). ¬†Squerciati is a graduate of Northwestern University.

 

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TO BE OR NOT TO BE ANNOUNCES BRIAN MURRAY TO JOIN THE CAST

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF NICK WHITBY’S

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

ANNOUNCES THREE-TIME TONY AWARD√Ę NOMINEE

BRIAN MURRAY

 

MURRAY TO JOIN CAST THAT INCLUDES

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED CRAIG BIERKO & JAN MAXWELL

 

 

Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) is pleased to announce that three-time Tony Award√Ę nominee and two-time Drama Desk Award winner Brian Murray will join the cast of its upcoming world premiere Broadway production of Nick Whitby’s TO BE OR NOT TO BE, based on the 1942 motion picture To Be Or Not To Be.¬† The production, to be directed by three-time Tony Award√Ę nominee Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python’s Spamalot), will mark Whitby’s New York playwrighting debut.

 

Murray (The Little Foxes, MTC’s A Small Family Business, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) joins the previously announced Craig Bierko (The Music Man, The Long Kiss Goodnight) and Jan Maxwell (Coram Boy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). The cast will also feature Peter Benson (The Pajama Game), Steve Kazee (Monty Python’s Spamalot), Michael McCarty (Mary Poppins), Kristine Nielsen (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, MTC’s Our Leading Lady), Brandon Perler (Broadway debut), Rocco Sisto (Iphigenia 2.0), and Marina Squerciati (MTC’s Beauty of the Father).

 

TO BE OR NOT TO BE will be the first production of Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2008-2009 season. The production will begin previews at the Biltmore Theatre (261 West 47th Street) on Thursday, September 11 and will open on Thursday, October 2.

 

At the Polski Theatre in 1939 Warsaw, Josef (Bierko) and Maria Tura (Maxwell) are about to open yet another smash with their theatrical troupe. As the German invasion gets underway, the theatre is closed by the censors, forcing the troupe to face desperate times. But when a handsome young bomber pilot enlists their help to catch a spy, what is a group of actors to do? This hilarious black comedy is an ingenious commentary on the World War II era and an inspired tribute to the timeless joys of the theatre. 

 

Murray will play the role of Dowasz, a member of the Polski Theatre troupe. Two additional principal cast members will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

The creative team for TO BE OR NOT TO BE will include: Anna Louizos (Scenic Design), Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (Lighting Design), Darron L West (Sound Design), Josh Marquette (Hair Design), 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’.¬†

 

In 2003, MTC reopened Broadway’s landmark, long-neglected Biltmore Theatre, soon to be renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 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.

 

You can subscribe to MTC by calling (212) 399-3030, Monday – Friday, noon – 8 PM with a major credit card. Subscriptions will also be available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

Single tickets to TO BE OR NOT TO BE will be available at a later date. Other listings information will be released in the coming weeks.

 

BIOGRAPHY

BRIAN MURRAY (Dowasz) Broadway: The Rivals, The Crucible (Tony nomination), Uncle Vanya (Drama Desk nomination), Twelfth Night, The Little Foxes (Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination), Racing Demon, MTC’s A Small Family Business (Drama Desk nomination), Noises Off (Drama Desk Award), Black Comedy, Sleuth, Da, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Tony nomination). Off Broadway: Gaslight, Colder Than Here, Much Ado About Nothing, Beckett/Albee, Scattergood, Hobson’s Choice, The Play About the Baby (Obie Award), Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Entertainer, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Misalliance, Molly Sweeney, Travels with My Aunt (Drama Desk, OCC awards), Mud River Stone, Ashes (Obie), Spread Eagle, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing and The Butterfly Collection. Regional: The world premieres of Edward Albee’s Me, Myself, and I and A Seagull In The Hamptons at the McCarter and Alfred Uhry’s Edgardo Mine at Hartford Stage and The Guthrie. As director (Broadway): The Circle, Blithe Spirit, Hay Fever, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Show Off, The Waltz of the Toreadors. Film/TV: Bob Roberts, City Hall, Treasure Planet (voice of John Silver) “The Investigation,” “Liberty,” “Hamlet,” “Twelfth Night.” Recipient: 1998 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, 1998 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, Fox Foundation Fellow.¬†

 

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MTC’S TO BE OR NOT TO BE ANNOUNCES CASTING

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF NICK WHITBY’S

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

WITH

CRAIG BIERKO AND JAN MAXWELL

 

ALSO FEATURING

PETER BENSON, STEVE KAZEE,

MICHAEL MCCARTY, KRISTINE NIELSEN,

BRANDON PERLER, ROCCO SISTO, &

MARINA SQUERCIATI

 

Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) is pleased to announce casting for the upcoming world premiere Broadway production of Nick Whitby’s TO BE OR NOT TO BE, based on the 1942 motion picture To Be Or Not To Be.¬† The production will mark Whitby’s New York playwrighting debut.

 

Craig Bierko (The Music Man, The Long Kiss Goodnight) and Jan Maxwell (Coram Boy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) will head the cast, which will also feature Peter Benson (The Pajama Game), Steve Kazee (Monty Python’s Spamalot), Michael McCarty (Mary Poppins), Kristine Nielsen (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, MTC’s Our Leading Lady), Brandon Perler (Broadway debut), Rocco Sisto (Iphigenia 2.0), and Marina Squerciati (MTC’s Beauty of the Father). The production will be directed by three-time Tony Award√Ę nominee Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python’s Spamalot).

 

TO BE OR NOT TO BE will be the first production of Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2008-2009 season. The production will begin previews at the Biltmore Theatre (261 West 47th Street) on Thursday, September 11 and will open on Thursday, October 2.

 

At the Polski Theatre in 1939 Warsaw, Joseph (Bierko) and Maria Tura (Maxwell) are about to open yet another smash with their theatrical troupe. As the German invasion gets underway, the theatre is closed by the censors, forcing the troupe to face desperate times. But when a handsome young bomber pilot enlists their help to catch a spy, what is a group of actors to do? This hilarious black comedy is an ingenious commentary on the World War II era and an inspired tribute to the timeless joys of the theatre. 

 

Complete casting will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

The creative team for TO BE OR NOT TO BE will include: Anna Louizos (Scenic Design), Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (Lighting Design), Darron L West (Sound Design), Josh Marquette (Hair Design), 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’.¬†

 

In 2003, MTC reopened Broadway’s landmark, long-neglected Biltmore Theatre, soon to be renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 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.

 

You can subscribe to MTC by calling (212) 399-3030, Monday – Friday, noon – 8 PM with a major credit card. Subscriptions will also be available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

Single tickets to TO BE OR NOT TO BE will be available at a later date. Other listings information will be released in the coming weeks.

 

BIOGRAPHIES

PETER BENSON (Rowicz). Broadway: The Pajama Game (‚ÄėPrez’ – Outer Critics Circle Nomination, Outstanding Featured Actor), Wonderful Town (‚ÄėFrank Lippencot’), Roundabout Theatre Co. production of Cabaret at Studio 54, Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter (‚ÄėBilly Robbins’), Little Me (multiple roles), and State Fair (‚ÄėHarry’). Off-Broadway: The Maddening Truth (Keen Co.) The New Moon (City Center Encores!), Tina Howe’s Birth and Afterbirth (Atlantic Theatre Co.) The Country Club (The Drama Dept.). On television Mr. Benson has guest starred on “Law and Order,” “Ed,” “Strangers with Candy,” “Law and Order: CI,” and appeared as a regular on HBO’s OZ and ABC’s Hi Honey I’m Home.

 

CRAIG BIERKO (Josef). For his role in The Music Man (dir. Susan Stroman), Bierko was nominated for the Tony Award√Ę for Best Actor in a Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical and won the 2000 Theatre World Award. Other theatre: Modern Orthodox (dir. James Lapine), Thou Shalt Not (dir. Susan Stroman). Film: Bill, For Your Consideration, Scary Movie 4, Cinderella Man, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Kate & Leopold, The Suburbans, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Long Kiss Goodnight, ‚ÄėTil There Was You. TV: “Unhitched,” “Boston Legal,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Sex and the City,” “Ally McBeal,” “Mad About You.” Bierko is a graduate of Northwestern University.

 

STEVE KAZEE (Sobinsky) is thrilled to be making his MTC debut.¬† Kazee recently appeared as ‚ÄėStarbuck’ in the Roundabout Theatre Co. production of 110 in the Shade. Other Broadway credits include Monty Python’s Spamalot as ‚ÄėSir Lancelot’ and Edward Albee’s Seascape. Regionally, Kazee appeared in The Subject Was Roses (Kennedy Center), where he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor alongside Bill Pullman and Judith Ivey. Off-Broadway: As You Like It (NYSF). TV/Film: guest stars on “NCIS” (CBS), “NUMB3RS” (CBS), “Medium” (NBC), “Conviction” (NBC), and “As the World Turns” (CBS). Steve received his MFA in Acting from the prestigious NYU Tisch Graduate Acting Program. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 2005.

 

JAN MAXWELL (Maria) most recently appeared in Scenes From An Execution with the Potomac Theatre Project presented at Atlantic Theatre’s Stage 2.¬† Previously with PTP, she appeared in The Castle by Howard Barker (Washington, DC), and Camille by Alexandre Dumas (Olney Theatre Center). Other credits include Broadway: Coram Boy (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination), Sixteen Wounded (Drama Desk nomination), A Doll’s House, The Sound of Music, The Dinner Party, Dancing At Lughnasa, and City of Angels.¬† Off-Broadway: Substitution, Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Drama Desk nomination),¬† The Bald Soprano (Atlantic Theatre), Opening Doors (Carnegie Hall), Jules Feiffer’s A Bad Friend (Lincoln Center), Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady (Lucille Lortel Award, Drama Desk nomination), Alan Ayckbourn’s House and Garden (MTC). Television: “Law & Order” (NBC), “AIDS – Changing the Rules” (PBS).

 

MICHAEL McCARTY (Colonel Erhard). Broadway:¬†Mary Poppins, Royal National Theatre’s Oklahoma!, 42nd Street, Sweeney Todd, Big River, Teddy & Alice, Oliver!, Amadeus, King of Hearts, Dirty Linen, and Newfoundland. Tours: Pippin, 1776, Greater Tuna. LA: Ragtime, Grand Hotel. Films: A dozen, including Robert Redford’s Legend of Bagger Vance. TV: Guest star of over 50 shows. Recent regional: Big Daddy in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse), Sir Toby in Twelfth Night (Guthrie Theatre).

 

Kristine Nielsen (Anna). Broadway:¬† Les Liaisons Dangereuses, A Streetcar Named Desire (Roundabout), Spring Awakening, The Green Bird, Jackie: An American Life, The Iceman Cometh.¬† Off-Broadway: Die Mommie Die! (New World Stages), Our Leading Lady, Based on a Totally True Story, Wonder of The World (Manhattan Theatre Club), Miss Witherspoon, Betty’s Summer Vacation (Obie Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Nomination) at Playwrights Horizons, Machinal, Dog Opera (Obie Award) at The Public. Film: The Savages, Small Time Crooks.¬† T.V.: “Conviction,” “Law & Order: CI,” “Law & Order.”

 

KRISTINE NIELSEN (Anna). Broadway: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, A Streetcar Named Desire (Roundabout), Spring Awakening, The Green Bird, Jackie: An American Life, The Iceman Cometh.¬† Off-Broadway: Die Mommie Die! (New World Stages); Our Leading Lady, Based on a Totally True Story, Wonder of the World (Manhattan Theatre Club); Miss Witherspoon, Betty’s Summer Vacation (Obie Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nomination) at Playwrights Horizons; Machinal, Dog Opera (Obie Award) at the Public..¬† Film: The Savages, Small Time Crooks.¬† TV: “Conviction,” “Law & Order: CI,” “Law & Order.” ¬†Graduate of Yale School of Drama.

 

 

BRANDON PERLER (Young Grunberg) is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut in To Be or Not To Be.¬†Other credits include “Saturday Night Live,” various national network commercials, and numerous voice-overs. ¬†

 

ROCCO SISTO (Silewsky/Magician’s Assistant). Broadway: Amadeus, A Month in the Country (RTC), The Comedy of Errors (LCT). Recent Off-Broadway: The Palace of the End (Epic Theatre Ensemble), Iphigenia 2.0 (Signature Theatre). Regional theatre credits include ACT Seattle and Seattle Rep., Mark Taper (LA), The Guthrie, Dallas Theatre Center, Center Stage (Baltimore), among others. Films include: Donnie Brasco, Frequency, Eraser, Illuminata, Carlito’s Way and the cult hit The American Astronaut. Television: “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: C.I.,” “Homicide,” “C.S.I.,” “Close to Home,” “Star Trek,” “T.N.G.,” “Alias,” “N.Y.P.D. Blue,” and “J.A.G.” Founding member Shakespeare & Co. Awards: OBIE for The Winter’s Tale (Public Theatre) OBIE and Drama Desk nomination and Drama League Award for Quills (N.Y.T.W.) He holds an MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting Program.

 

MARINA SQUERCIATI (Eva). Off-Broadway:¬†Beauty of the Father, directed by Michael Greif at The Manhattan Theatre Club.¬†She was also in: The Toad Poems (The SoHo Playhouse),¬†Perfect Harmony¬†(Shubert Theatre), Ride (WHAT), The Underpants (Capital Rep), The Winter’s Tale (Williamstown Theatre Festival/dir. Darko Tresnjak), Demon at the Door (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Boston Marriage (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Stay, Illusion (Abingdon Theatre), The Song of Grendelyn (Alice’s Fourth Floor Theatre), Flyers and Other Tales (Jewel Box Theatre). Film: Aimless (Southshore Entertainment), and The Nutcracker, directed by Emile Ardolino. TV: “Guiding Light,” “Domestic Bliss” (Pilot), “Empty Nest” (NBC). ¬†Squerciati is a graduate of Northwestern University.

 

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