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The 39 Steps celebrates 3rd annual Hitchcock Month!

THE 39 STEPS’ ANNUAL HITCHCOCK MONTH BEGINS SEPTEMBER 1ST!

The Tony Award winning hit comedy will celebrate with special events throughout September.

“This delicious deconstruction of Hitchcock’s classic film has been happily re-incarnated Off Broadway.”

New York Times

Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS, Off-Broadway’s smash-hit comedy thriller based on the beloved Hitchcock film, is celebrating Hitchcock Month throughout September. In honor of the master of suspense THE 39 STEPS will host the following events and contests.

FREE TICKETS!

All patrons who bring a valid ID proving that they were born in 1939 or are currently 39 years of age will receive one complimentary ticket to THE 39 STEPS, valid for any September performance. Go to the New World Stages box office (340 West 50th St.) to redeem.

SPECIAL TALK-BACK EVENTS

September will feature post show talk-backs starting on Wednesday, September 8th, with comedy writers Kevin Bleyer and Elliott Kalan from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” And in honor of THE 39 STEPS’ 1000th performance on Monday, September 20th, author and lecturer Tom Santopietro will host a special post show talk-back.

“MR. MEMORY” TRIVIA CONTEST

Fans can test their knowledge of all things Hitchcock and THE 39 STEPS with the “Mr. Memory” trivia contest. Check out THE 39 STEPS’ Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/39StepsNY for more information or go straight to the quiz at http://bit.ly/HitchQuiz. One winner will win four orchestra tickets, a CD and a poster signed by the cast!

3rd ANNUAL ALFRED HITCHCOCK LOOK-A-LIKE CONTEST

Hitchcock month will culminate with the 3rd Annual Alfred Hitchcock Look- A-Like contest. Take a photo of your look-a-like and you may be chosen to be a finalist. Chosen finalists will be invited onstage after the Monday, September 27th, 8pm performance of THE 39 STEPS for a live audience vote. For more information and rules please visit http://www.39stepsny.com/.

PRIZE GIVEAWAY AT EVERY PERFORMANCE

Winners will be chosen at every performance of THE 39 STEPS to receive prizes, including merchandise and signed posters by the cast.

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SHORT TAKES with Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS’ KATE MACCLUGGAGE

Kate MacCluggage is busy away playing the roles of Annabella Schmidt, Pamela & Margaret in Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS Off-Broadway at the New World Stages. She took a few minutes of her time to share with us her favorites here in NYC while not performing in the show. See what Kate had to say!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. What Broadway show, book and movie are you recommending to friends these days?

As a shout out to Off-Broadway plays, since we are, too: I loved Our Town, Yank! and our neighbors Avenue Q and The Temperamentals.

 

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I’m finishing up While They Slept by Kathyrn Harrison right now and it’s FASCINATING. I also tell everyone I know to read Sex, Time and Power by Leonard Shlain. 

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I just netflixed Shadows and Fog, which has like the most amazing cast and is totally theatrical and brilliant. I’m also recommending this great documentary about a family trying to make no environmental impact living in New York City called No Impact Man which is pretty cool. 

 

 

2.What country (out than the US) would you most like to visit?
I would love to go to India.

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3. What musical theatre character would you most like to be stranded with on a desert island?
For the survival: Tarzan. For the fun: Sally Bowles.

 

4.What your favorite NYC “hotspot”?
The beautiful actresses Jenny Mudge and Janie Brookshire recently introduced me to Raines Law Room, the “speakeasy,” on West 17th. It’s so classy and lovely. I’m also looking forward to summertime in Astoria Park. 

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5.What’s your favorite Alfred Hitchcock film?
A: Rear Window!!!! Jimmy Stewart is dreamy.

 

Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS is currently playing at the New World Stages/ Stage 1 (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues).

Adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Maria Aitken, THE 39 STEPS is based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and on the book by John Buchan.  

THE 39 STEPS features a cast of four actors who, against all odds, breathlessly and hilariously attempt to reenact all of the characters, locations and famous scenes in Hitchcock’s 1935 film thriller with just a few props and a lot of theatrical ingenuity and split second quick changes.

Tickets ($89.50 – 69.50) are available through Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com.  Student rush is available for $27.50.   All prices include a $1.50 facility fee.  Performances are Monday, Wednesday – Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 3:00 and 8:00 PM, Sunday at 3:00 and 7:00 PM. 

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The 39 Steps announces 39-day Twitter countdown to 1st performance.

FOLLOW THE “39 DAYS” UNTIL
THE 39 STEPS
at
Twitter.com/39StepsNY

Daily fun facts and behind the scenes details will be tweeted daily, in advance of the first performance at New World Stages a short 39 days from now… March 25, 2010.

The Tony Award-winning comedy, Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS, invites you to follow at Twitter.com/39StepsNY as the countdown begins toward the first performance at New World Stages 39 days from now… March 25, 2010.
 
Fun facts and behind-the-scenes details about the production, the cast, Hitchcock and more will be tweeted daily.
 
THE 39 STEPS will begin performances on Thursday, March 25, prior to opening on Thursday, April 15 at New World Stages / Stage 1 (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues).   
 
The cast features John Behlmann as Richard Hannay, Cameron Folmar as Man #2, Jamie Jackson as Man #1 and Kate MacCluggage as Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret.  The production also features Greg Jackson.
 
The move marks the fourth New York home for the peripatetic Tony Award-winning comedy.  THE 39 STEPS received its American premiere in September, 2007 at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston.  The Broadway production began performances on January 4, 2008 and opened January 15, 2008 at Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre.  The production then moved to the Cort Theatre and Helen Hayes Theatre, playing for over two years and 771 laugh-filled performances, the longest run of any Broadway play in seven years.      
 
THE 39 STEPS is now in its third smash year in London, with productions having played in such cities as Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Athens and Seoul and US and UK national tours currently on the road.  

Adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Maria Aitken, THE 39 STEPS is based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and on the book by John Buchan.  
 
Set and costume design is by Peter McKintosh, lighting design is by Kevin Adams and sound design is by Mic Pool.  Original movement was created by Toby Sedgwick.  Additional movement is created by Christopher Bayes.  Production stage manager is Nevin Hedley.  
 
THE 39 STEPS features a cast of four actors who, against all odds, breathlessly and hilariously attempt to reenact all of the characters, locations and famous scenes in Hitchcock’s 1935 film thriller with just a few props and a lot of theatrical ingenuity and split second quick changes.   
 
THE 39 STEPS opened to deliriously ecstatic reviews.   Ben Brantley, New York Times, called the production, “Absurdly enjoyable!  This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock’s film is fast and frothy, performed by a cast of four that seems like a cast of thousands.  The actors themselves seem to be having a helluva good time.  As does the audience.”   Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News, exclaimed, “Hitchcock probably never imagined his thriller had the makings of a hilarious comedy, but this show is a dizzy delight and an ingenious spoof, inventively directed by Maria Aitken. A fast-paced fun ride!”

THE 39 STEPS
is produced by Bob Boyett, Harriet Newman Leve, Jane Dubin, Richard Winkler/Dan Frishwasser, Pamela Laudenslager/Douglas Denoff, Olympus Theatricals, Tim Levy/Jennifer Isaacson, Manocherian Productions, Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley, Remmel T. Dickinson, True Love Productions, Kevin Lyle, Marek J. Cantor, Lary Brandt/Meredith Lucio/Probo Productions, in association with Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Managing Director; Julia Levy, Executive Director), Huntington Theatre Company (Nicholas Martin, Artistic Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director) and Edward Snape for Fiery Angel Ltd.
 
Tickets ($89.50 – 69.50) are available through Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or online at http://www.telecharge.com <http://www.telecharge.com> . Student rush is available for $27.50.   All prices include a $1.50 facility fee.  Performances are Monday, Wednesday – Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 3:00 and 8:00 PM, Sunday at 3:00 and 7:00 PM.  

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The 39 Steps moves to New World Stages

ON THE RUN AGAIN!

THE 39 STEPS
MOVES TO NEW WORLD STAGES

TONY AWARD-WINNING COMEDY
TAKES THE NEXT STEP ON THURSDAY, MARCH 25

A new year and another new home!   Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS, which played its final performance on Broadway on January 10, will move to New World Stages / Stage 1 (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues), resuming performances on Thursday, March 25, it was announced today by producers Bob Boyett and Harriet Newman Leve.
 
The move marks the fourth New York home for the peripatetic Tony Award-winning comedy. The production originally began performances on January 4, 2008 and opened January 15, 2008 at Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre.  The production then moved to the Cort Theatre and Helen Hayes Theatre, playing for over two years and 771 laugh-filled performances, the longest run of any Broadway play in seven years.      
 
THE 39 STEPS is now in its third smash year in London, with productions having played in Australia, China, Japan, Italy, Israel and Spain, with US and UK national tours currently on the road.  

Adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Maria Aitken, THE 39 STEPS is based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and on the book by John Buchan.  
 
Set and costume design is by Peter McKintosh, lighting design is by Kevin Adams and sound design is by Mic Pool.  Original movement was created by Toby Sedgwick.  Additional movement is created by Christopher Bayes. Production stage manager is Nevin Hedley.  
 
THE 39 STEPS features a cast of four actors who, against all odds, breathlessly and hilariously attempt to reenact all of the characters, locations and famous scenes in Hitchcock’s 1935 film thriller with just a few props and a lot of theatrical ingenuity and split second quick changes.   
 
THE 39 STEPS opened to deliriously ecstatic reviews.   Ben Brantley, New York Times, called the production, “Absurdly enjoyable!  This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock’s film is fast and frothy, performed by a cast of four that seems like a cast of thousands.  The actors themselves seem to be having a helluva good time.  As does the audience.”   Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News, exclaimed, “Hitchcock probably never imagined his thriller had the makings of a hilarious comedy, but this show is a dizzy delight and an ingenious spoof, inventively directed by Maria Aitken. A fast-paced fun ride!”
 
Tickets ($89.50 – 69.50) are available through Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or online at http://www.telecharge.com <http://www.telecharge.com> .  Student rush is available for $27.50.   All prices include a $1.50 facility fee.  Performances are Monday, Wednesday – Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 3:00 and 8:00 PM, Sunday at 3:00 and 7:00 PM.  
 
Casting for the New World Stages production will be announced in coming weeks.  

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THE 39 STEPS FEATURED ON BROADWAY.COM

FRESH FACE: Jennifer Ferrin Is A Quick-Change Artist in The 39 Steps

 

By Kathy Henderson

Broadway.com

 

Age: 29

Hometown: Snellville, Georgia

Currently: Making her Broadway debut juggling three distinct roles-Annabella, a German spy; Margaret, a Scottish farm wife; and Pamela, a classically cool British blonde-in the Broadway comedy/mystery The 39 Steps.  

Around the World: Ferrin never needed a survival job in New York: Before graduation, she landed a three-year contract as Jennifer Munson on the CBS soap As the World Turns. “It was such a gift to have a job right out of school,” she says of a role that brought her two Daytime Emmy nominations. Her front-burner character faced drug addiction and had a baby fathered by her stepdad (!) but, like World‘s previous Emmy-honored redhead, Julianne Moore, Ferrin chose to depart at the end of her contract. “Anytime you leave a really good job it’s a difficult decision,” she says now. “But soaps work so quickly, you end up repeating yourself, and I like to be challenged. It was probably the hardest job I’ll ever have-I never have a problem now memorizing lines!”

39 Steps to Broadway: Landing the demanding trio of female roles in Patrick Barlow’s clever send-up of Hitchcock’s classic film was an incredible break for Ferrin, who had never acted onstage professionally. It helped that the British director of The 39 Steps, Maria Aitken, had no preconceived ideas about whom to cast. “Maria could see what the piece needed, and she took a risk on me,” says Ferrin, who mastered three accents for her audition. A satiric version of the spy film’s convoluted plot is enacted by a cast of four, with minimal props and plenty of darting about the stage. “I had no idea how physical the show would be,” Ferrin says with a laugh. “The [performance] itself goes by very quickly, but it takes a toll on your body. Running around in heels is not recommended.”

Stagestruck: “The beautiful thing about this play is that it’s a throwback to what theater can do that film can’t-the fun you can have with a minimal amount of technology,” Ferrin says of the old-fashioned appeal of The 39 Steps. Unwigged, she’s unrecognizable at the stage door, which, she insists, is totally fine. “I’m a private person, so I love that,” she says of maintaining her anonymity. “On the soap, my character’s name was the same as mine, so people would [call out] at airports, or when I was back home in the south. Being an actor is about morphing into other characters, so for me, this is great.” When her first Broadway gig ends, Ferrin wouldn’t mind returning to her musical roots. “I’m not a big dancer, but I love smart musicals like Sondheim’s, where you just have to sing because words aren’t enough on their own,” she says. “If there’s an opportunity for something like that, I would jump on it.”

To read the complete article, click on the following link: http://www.broadway.com/gen/Buzz_Story.aspx?ci=568092  

THE 39 STEPS WELCOMES SAM ROBARDS TO THECAST

SAM ROBARDS

JOINS THE CAST OF THE 39 STEPS

AS RICHARD HANNAY ON TUESDAY, JULY 8

 

PRODUCTION, NOMINATED FOR SIX TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST PLAY,

IS PLAYING AT THE CORT THEATRE

 

 

 

Sam Robards will step into the stylish Harris Tweed of leading man Richard Hannay on Tuesday, July 8 in the critically acclaimed hit Broadway production of Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS.  The show, which has been nominated for six 2008 Tony Awards including Best Play, is playing at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues).  Charles Edwards, who originated the role of Hannay in the Olivier Award-winning London production, will play his final performance on Sunday, July 6.

 

THE 39 STEPS is adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Maria Aitken.  The production is based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and on the book by John Buchan.  

 

Robards received Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations and a Clarence Derwent Award for his Broadway debut in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Arthur Miller’s The Man Who Had All The Luck.   He also appeared on Broadway in MTC’s Absurd Person Singular.  Off-Broadway: The Overwhelming, Misalliance (Roundabout), The Altruists (Vineyard), Moonchildren, Flux (2nd Stage), Album (Cherry Lane), Taking Steps (York).  Film:  Perestroika, Guerilla, Awake, Surviving Eden, Catch That Kid, Life as a House, A.I., Bounce, American Beauty, Beautiful Girls, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Pret-A-Porter, Casualties of War, Bird, Dinner and Driving, Bright Lights Big City, Not Quite Paradise, Fandango, Tempest.  TV credits include “Gossip Girl,” “The West Wing” and “Sex and The City”. 

 

THE 39 STEPS has been nominated for six 2008 Tony Awards including Best Play and Best Director (Maria Aitken) and won two 2008 Drama Desk Awards, including Unique Theatrical Event.  

 

THE 39 STEPS features Arnie Burton (Man #2), Charles Edwards (Richard Hannay), Jennifer Ferrin (Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret).and Cliff Saunders (Man #1).  The company also includes Claire Brownell, Cameron Fulmar and Mark ShanahanCharles Edwards is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association.  The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance with this production.

 

Mix Alfred Hitchcock’s cinematic masterpiece with a juicy spy novel. Then, add the manic dash of vintage Monty Python and you have THE 39 STEPS – equal parts hilarious whodunit, espionage thriller and quick-change comedy, adapted for the stage from Hitchcock’s famous 1935 film and John Buchan’s 1915 novel. 

 

Seeking a frivolous night out at the theatre, Richard Hannay is lured into a world of intrigue by a mysterious woman claiming to be a spy. When she winds up dead in his flat, he flees London with the police hot on his trail.   

 

THE 39 STEPS opened to deliriously ecstatic reviews.   Ben Brantley, New York Times, called the production, “Absurdly enjoyable!  This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock’s film is fast and frothy, performed by a cast of four that seems like a cast of thousands.  The actors themselves seem to be having a helluva good time.  As does the audience.”   Clive Barnes, New York Post, pronounced THE 39 STEPS “Inventively astonishing, riotous & marvelous.”  Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News, exclaimed, “Hitchcock probably never imagined his thriller had the makings of a hilarious comedy, but this show is a dizzy delight and an ingenious spoof, inventively directed by Maria Aitken. A fast-paced fun ride!”

 

The production features sets and costumes by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Kevin Adams and sound by Mic Pool.   Dialect coach is Stephen Gabis.  Original movement created by Toby Sedgwick.  Additional movement created by Christopher Bayes.  Production management is by Aurora Productions.  Production stage manager is Nevin Hedley

 

THE 39 STEPS has been a runaway hit in London’s West End, playing to sell-out houses at the Criterion where it continues to delight and thrill audiences.  The first production of THE 39 STEPS was directed by Fiona Buffini and produced on stage by North Country Theatre in April 1996 at the Georgian Theatre, Richmond, North Yorkshire. 

 

The production received its American debut at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, MA., from September 14, 2007-October 14, 2007.  The Broadway premiere began previews on January 4, 2008 and officially opened on January 15 at Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre.   

 

THE 39 STEPS is produced by Bob Boyett, Harriet Newman Leve/Ron Nicynski, Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley, Manocherian Golden Prods., Olympus Theatricals/Douglas Denoff, Pam Laudenslager/Pat Addiss, Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Managing Director; Julia Levy, Executive Director), Huntington Theatre Company (Nicholas Martin, Artistic Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director) and Edward Snape for Fiery Angel Ltd.

 

Tickets are available from TeleCharge at 212-239-6200, online at www.telecharge.com or at the Cort Theatre box office (138 West 48th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues).   39 tickets at $39 are available at every performance.  Performances are Tuesday at 7:00 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM. 

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THE 39 STEPS IN PLAYBILL MAGAZINE

Charles in Charge

 

By Robert Simonson

Playbill Magazine
June Issue

 

With his English tweeds, pipe in hand and an eyebrow knowingly arched, Charles Edwards is charming and silly as the hunted hero of The 39 Steps.

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Dashing figures are not often seen on Broadway these days. It’s a character type and style of acting that’s simply not called for in 21st-century theatre, where male protagonists tend toward mumbling, damaged antiheroes if you’re lucky and proudly immoral sociopaths if you’re not. Moreover, there are practical reasons for the disappearance of gallant gentlemen. What would they do? Today’s plays furnish no women in need of rescue, no wicked villains ripe to be foiled.

 

That is, except in the British transport The 39 Steps, in which Charles Edwards gives the most dashing performance in New York – even if it is intentionally self-mocking. In Patrick Barlow’s spoofing adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s taut 1935 thriller, Edwards plays Richard Hannay, the part created by Robert Donat on screen. Through a chance encounter with a mysterious woman in a theatre, the jaded, debonair Hannay is drawn into an international spy ring out to kill him and his unwilling partner in flight, the disbelieving Pamela (played by Madeleine Carroll in the film, Jennifer Ferrin onstage). To elude his would-be captors and expose an insidious plot against The Free World, Hannay must ride outside moving trains, plummet from a bridge, don various disguises, woo several women and take a bullet – all while preserving an air of sangfroid and a carefully groomed pencil moustache.

 

Edwards – who has played the part hundreds of times, first at the Tricycle Theatre in London, then on the West End, then at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre, and now finally at Broadway’s Cort Theatre – has the pose down to a science. “My five-second solution to becoming dashing, in this context, is to cock my eyebrow,” he explained. “That says, ‘I’m dashing. I’m heroic.’ And also it lets the audience in on the joke.

 

“I’ve tried to comment on the dashingness and heroic qualities of Hannay,” he continued. “It’s fun to play that up. I think it’s probably rather boring to play these roles seriously. But in a comedy, it’s great fun, because you’re spoofing it, you’re heightening its absurdity. I like to tip a wink at the audience.”

 

To read the complete article, please click on the following link: http://www.playbill.com/features/article/118353.html

 

 

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