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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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SIGNATURE’S ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN OPENS TOMORROW NIGHT

SIGNATURE THEATRE COMPANY’S

ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN

BY CHARLES FULLER

DIRECTED BY STEPHEN McKINLEY HENDERSON

OPENS TOMORROW, TUESDAY, MARCH 24th

 

 

Signature Theatre Company’s (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) production of ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN, written by Charles Fuller and directed by Stephen McKinley Henderson, opens tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24.  ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN is the final production of Signature’s 2008-2009 Season, celebrating the historic Negro Ensemble Company (NEC)

 

ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN  plays through April 26 at The Peter Norton Space located at 555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues). 

 

The cast of ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN includes Ron Canada (Wedding Crashers, Cinderella Man), Amari Cheatom (Lower Ninth, A Ballad of Sad Young Men), Rosalyn Coleman (Radio Golf, Seven Guitars, The Piano Lesson), W Tré Davis (Hamlet, The Toilet),  Peter Jay Fernandez (Cyrano de Bergerac, Julius Caesar, Henry IV), Lynda Gravatt (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, King Hedley II), Jamal Mallory-McCree (The Fabulous Miss Marie), Evan Parke (The Lion King) and Portia (The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Our Lady of 121st Street).

 

A random act of violence devastates Reuben Tate’s family and scares their once caring community into silence.  While young Zooman terrorizes the neighborhood, Reuben makes a dangerous appeal which may tear their world apart.   This powerful drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Charles Fuller (A Solider’s Play) depicts the horrifying aftermath of violence on a family and community. 

 

The production features set design by Shaun Motley, costume design by Katherine Roth, lighting design by Matthew Frey, sound design by Robert Kaplowitz and fight direction by Rick Sordelet.  Production Stage Manager is Chandra LaViolette.  Casting is by Telsey + Company.

 

Signature Theatre is proud to be presenting the works of the historic NEC. The company has an extensive theatre training program and in its 40 year history has produced more than two hundred new plays. The NEC’s distinguished alumni include writers such as Steve Carter, Lonne Elder, Charles Fuller, Leslie Lee and Samm-Art Williams, and actors Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Samuel L. Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Esther Rolle and Denzel Washington.

 

Signature’s 2008-2009 season is an examination of a body of work from the historic Negro Ensemble Company’s collective of writers, whose contributions have helped shape America’s theatrical heritage.  Ruben Santiago-Hudson will serve as Associate Artist for the season, which has also included Leslie Lee’s THE FIRST BREEZE OF SUMMER, Samm-Art Williams’ HOME and a staged reading of Douglas Turner Ward’s DAY OF ABSENCE

 

THE FIRST BREEZE OF SUMMER and HOME both earned glowing reviews and were extended by popular demand.   THE FIRST BREEZE OF SUMMER went on to win nine AUDELCO Awards, including Best Dramatic Production. 

 

Through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which seeks to make great theatre accessible to the broadest possible audience, all regularly-priced single tickets ($65) are underwritten and are available for $20 every performance for the entire season, during a show’s initial run.  The Signature Ticket Initiative continues through Signature’s 20th Anniversary Season (2010-2011).

 

The Signature Ticket Initiative is made possible by the lead sponsorship of Time Warner Inc.  Generous support for The Signature Ticket Initiative is provided by Margot Adams, in memory of Mason Adams.

 

Support for the Negro Ensemble Company Season is provided by American Express.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit signaturetheatre.org or call (212) 244-PLAY (7529). 

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE AND TICKETS
Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm,
Matinees Saturday & Sunday at 2pm
No performance March 25

 

Ticketing:

Internet: www.signaturetheatre.org

By Phone: (212) 244-PLAY (7529)
In Person: Box Office – 555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues)

 

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SIGNATURE THEATRE COMPANY’S ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN BEGINS PREVIEWS TOMORROW

PREVIEWS BEGIN TOMORROW, TUESDAY, MARCH 3 FOR

SIGNATURE THEATRE COMPANY’S

ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN

BY CHARLES FULLER

DIRECTED BY STEPHEN McKINLEY HENDERSON

 

Limited run through April 26th

Opening Night Tuesday, March 24th

 

 

Signature Theatre Company’s (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) production of ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN, written by Charles Fuller and directed by Stephen McKinley Henderson, will begin previews tomorrow, Tuesday, March 3.  ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN is the final production of Signature’s 2008-2009 Season, celebrating the historic Negro Ensemble Company (NEC)

 

ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN  plays through April 26 at The Peter Norton Space located at 555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues).  Opening Night is March 24th.

 

The cast of ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN will include Ron Canada (Wedding Crashers, Cinderella Man), Amari Cheatom (Lower Ninth, A Ballad of Sad Young Men), Rosalyn Coleman (Radio Golf, Seven Guitars, The Piano Lesson), W Tre Davis (Hamlet, The Toilet),  Peter Jay Fernandez (Cyrano de Bergerac, Julius Caesar, Henry IV), Lynda Gravatt (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, King Hedley II), Jamal Mallory-McCree (The Fabulous Miss Marie), Evan Parke (The Lion King) and Portia (The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Our Lady of 121st Street).

 

A random act of violence devastates Reuben Tate’s family and scares their once caring community into silence.  While young Zooman terrorizes the neighborhood, Reuben makes a dangerous appeal which may tear their world apart.   This powerful drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Charles Fuller (A Solider’s Play) depicts the horrifying aftermath of violence on a family and community. 

 

The production features set design by Shaun Motley, costume design by Katherine Roth, lighting design by Matthew Frey, fight direction by Rick Sordelet  and sound design by Robert Kaplowitz.  Production Stage Manager is Chandra LaViolette.  Casting is by Telsey + Company.

 

Signature Theatre is proud to be presenting the works of the historic NEC. The company has an extensive theatre training program and in its 40 year history has produced more than two hundred new plays. The NEC’s distinguished alumni include writers such as Steve Carter, Lonne Elder, Charles Fuller, Leslie Lee and Samm-Art Williams, and actors Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Samuel L. Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Esther Rolle and Denzel Washington.

 

Signature’s 2008-2009 season is an examination of a body of work from the historic Negro Ensemble Company’s collective of writers, whose contributions have helped shape America’s theatrical heritage.  Ruben Santiago-Hudson will serve as Associate Artist for the season, which has also included Leslie Lee’s THE FIRST BREEZE OF SUMMER, Samm-Art Williams’ HOME and a staged reading of Douglas Turner Ward’s DAY OF ABSENCE

 

THE FIRST BREEZE OF SUMMER and HOME both earned glowing reviews and were extended by popular demand.   THE FIRST BREEZE OF SUMMER went on to win nine AUDELCO Awards, including Best Dramatic Production. 

 

Through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which seeks to make great theatre accessible to the broadest possible audience, all regularly-priced single tickets ($65) are underwritten and are available for $20 every performance for the entire season, during a show’s initial run.  The Signature Ticket Initiative continues through Signature’s 20th Anniversary Season (2010-2011).

 

The Signature Ticket Initiative is made possible by the lead sponsorship of Time Warner Inc.  Generous support for The Signature Ticket Initiative is provided by Margot Adams, in memory of Mason Adams.

 

Support for the Negro Ensemble Company Season is provided by American Express.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit signaturetheatre.org or call (212) 244-PLAY (7529). 

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE AND TICKETS
Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm,
Matinees Saturday & Sunday at 2pm
Added shows Wed  March 18 at 2pm
No performances  March 17 and 25

 

Ticketing:

Internet: www.signaturetheatre.org

By Phone: (212) 244-PLAY (7529)
In Person: Box Office – 555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues)

 

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www.signaturetheatre.org

SIGNATURE’S ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN ANNOUNCES CASTING

SIGNATURE THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES FULL CASTING FOR

ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN

BY CHARLES FULLER

DIRECTED BY STEPHEN McKINLEY HENDERSON

March 3rd – April 26th

Opening Night Tuesday, March 24th

Box Office Opens Tuesday February 3rd

Signature Theatre Company (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) is proud to announce casting for ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN, by Charles Fuller and directed by Stephen McKinley Henderson.  ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN is the final production of Signature’s 2008-09 season celebrating the historic Negro Ensemble Company (NEC). 

The cast of ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN will include Ron Canada (Wedding Crashers, Cinderella Man), Amari Cheatom (Lower Ninth, A Ballad of Sad Young Men), Rosalyn Coleman (Radio Golf, Seven Guitars, The Piano Lesson), Tre Davis (Hamlet, The Toilet),  Peter Jay Fernandez (Cyrano de Bergerac, Julius Caesar, Henry IV), Lynda Gravatt (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, King Hedley II), Eugene Jones (Mother Courage and Her Children), Jamal Mallory-McCree (The Fabulous Miss Marie), Evan Parke (The Lion King) and Portia (The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Our Lady of 121st Street).

ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN begins performances on March 3 and continues through April 26 at The Peter Norton Space located at 555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues).  Opening Night is March 24th. Tickets are now on sale to the public at www.signaturetheatre.org.   Box office opens Tuesday, February 3 at 1:00 PM.   

A random act of violence devastates Reuben Tate’s family and scares their once caring community into silence.  While young Zooman terrorizes the neighborhood, Reuben makes a dangerous appeal which may tear their world apart.   This powerful drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Charles Fuller (A Solider’s Play) depicts the horrifying aftermath of violence on a family and community. 

The production features set design by Shaun Motley, costume design by Katherine Roth, lighting design by Matthew Frey and sound design by Robert Kaplowitz.  Production Stage Manager is Chandra LaViolette.  Casting is by Telsey + Company.

Signature Theatre is proud to be presenting the works of the historic NEC. The company has an extensive theatre training program and in its 40 year history has produced more than two hundred new plays. The NEC’s distinguished alumni include writers such as Steve Carter, Lonne Elder, Charles Fuller, Leslie Lee and Samm-Art Williams, and actors Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Samuel L. Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Esther Rolle and Denzel Washington.

Signature’s 2008-2009 season is an examination of a body of work from the historic Negro Ensemble Company’s collective of writers, whose contributions have helped shape America’s theatrical heritage.  Ruben Santiago-Hudson will serve as Associate Artist for the season, which has also included Leslie Lee’s THE FIRST BREEZE OF SUMMER, Samm-Art Williams’ HOME and a staged reading of Douglas Turner Ward’s DAY OF ABSENCE

THE FIRST BREEZE OF SUMMER and HOME both earned glowing reviews and were extended by popular demand.   THE FIRST BREEZE OF SUMMER went on to win nine AUDELCO Awards, including Best Dramatic Production. 

Through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which seeks to make great theatre accessible to the broadest possible audience, all regularly-priced single tickets ($65) are underwritten and are available for $20 every performance for the entire season, during a show’s initial run.  The Signature Ticket Initiative continues through Signature’s 20th Anniversary Season (2010-2011).

The Signature Ticket Initiative is made possible by the lead sponsorship of Time Warner Inc.  Generous support for The Signature Ticket Initiative is provided by Margot Adams, in memory of Mason Adams.

Support for the Negro Ensemble Company Season is provided by American Express.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit signaturetheatre.org or call (212) 244-PLAY (7529). 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE AND TICKETS
Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm,
Matinees Saturday & Sunday at 2pm
Added shows Wed  March 18 at 2pm
No performances  March 17 and 25

Ticketing:

Internet: www.signaturetheatre.org

By Phone: (212) 244-PLAY (7529)
In Person: Box Office – 555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenue)