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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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www.39StepsOnBroadway.com

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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THE 39 STEPS TONY AWARD NOMINEES IN THE NEWS

“Read all about it! Read all about it!”

 

ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S

THE 39 STEPS

TONY AWARD NOMINEES IN THE NEWS

Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS has been nominated for six 2008 Tony Awards, including: Best Play, Best Director of a Play, Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Costume Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play, Best Sound Design of a Play.   The production, which won the 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and two 2008 Drama Desk Awards for Unique Theatrical Experience and Lighting Design, is now playing at Broadway’s Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street), following its sold out New York premiere limited engagement at Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre.

 

Below, please find articles about the Tony Award nominees for Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS:

 

THE PLAY

 

The 39 Steps

Adapted by Patrick Barlow

Tony Award nominee for Best Play

 

New York Times

“Novel to Screen to Stage: Evolving, Step by Step”

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/28/theater/28conn.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

 

New York Times

“39 Steps, 2 Actors, Countless Roles”

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/10/theater/10solo.html

 

New York Magazine

“How ‘The 39 Steps’ Went From Tense British Thriller to Broadway Comedy”

http://nymag.com/arts/theater/longstory/42755/

 

Broadway.com

“Opening Night: The 39 Steps”

http://www.broadway.com/gen/Buzz_Video.aspx?ci=559272

 

Theater Talk

Film historian Jerry Carlson on the stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps.” (Requires RealPlayer)

 

Tony Awards.com

“Meet the Nominees”

http://www.tonyawards.com/en_US/nominees/shows/200805101210446568500.html

 

 

THE DIRECTOR

 

Maria Aitken

Tony Award nominee for Best Director of a Play

 

Star Ledger

“‘The 39 Steps’ finds right direction with Maria Aitken”

http://www.nj.com/entertainment/arts/index.ssf/2008/02/the_39_steps_finds_direction_w.html

 

BroadwayWorld.com

“Q&A: Maria Aitken”

http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=28046

 

Playbill Magazine

“A Hitchcock-and-bull Story”

http://www.playbill.com/features/article/114971.html

 

Playbill Radio

http://playbill.vo.llnwd.net/o15/podcasts/playbillradio-The39Steps-podcast.mp3

 

 

THE DESIGNERS

 

Peter McKintosh

Tony Award nominee for Scenic Design of a Play

Tony Award nominee for Costume Design of a Play

 

Kevin Adams

Tony Award nominee for Lighting Design of a Play

 

Mic Pool

Tony Award nominee for Sound Design of a Play

 

 

NY Times.com

Audio slideshow with Peter McKintosh

http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/arts/20080116_STEPS_FEATURE/index.html#section1

 

NYTimes.com

Lens slideshow

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/02/06/theater/20080206_LENS_SLIDESHOW_2.html

 

Playbill.com

ASK PLAYBILL: Lighting

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/117344.html

 

Live Design

http://livedesignonline.com/theatre/seen_and_heard_3101/index.html

 

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Tickets for Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS 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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www.39StepsonBroadway.com

 

 

THE 39 STEPS REOPENS TOMORROW NIGHT

“ABSURDLY ENJOYABLE & GLEEFULLY THEATRICAL!

Director Maria Aitken and a cast of four that seem like thousands

celebrate the art of instant illusion-making that is theater.”

Ben Brantley, NEW YORK TIMES

 

ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S
THE 39 STEPS

OPENS TOMORROW NIGHT, MAY 8 AT THE CORT THEATRE

 

 

Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS, the 2007 Olivier Award-winner for Best New Comedy, reopens on Broadway tomorrow night, Thursday, May 8 at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues).  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.   THE 39 STEPS began previews at the Cort Theatre on Tuesday, April 29, following a critically acclaimed sold out limited engagement at Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre.

 

THE 39 STEPS has been nominated for three 2008 Drama Desk Awards including Unique Theatrical Experience, three 2008 Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Play and Director of a Play (Maria Aitken) and a 2008 Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Play. 

 

The production 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 39 STEPS received its American debut at Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company.  The Broadway premiere production 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 for THE 39 STEPS 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 for every performance.  Student Rush tickets are available for $26.50 at the box office two hours prior to the performance. There is a limit of two tickets per valid student ID. The tickets are available for cash only and are subject to availability.  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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www.39StepsOnBroadway.com

 

 

 

THE 39 STEPS FEATURED ON BROADWAY.COM

http://www.broadway.com/gen/Buzz_Story.aspx?ci=564481

 

Arnie Burton: (Quick) Change Is Good!
“First Person” by Arnie Burton

Broadway.com

 

About the author:
A lifetime of acting at theater companies across the country, in plays both classic (The Merchant of Venice) and up-to-date (I Am My Own Wife, Mere Mortals), prepared Arnie Burton for one of the most unusual challenges of his career: juggling multiple roles-including lightning-fast quick changes-and slapstick stunts as part of the four-person cast of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of The 39 Steps. This entertaining, super-clever stage adaptation of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller just transferred to the Cort Theatre, allowing Burton (as the blandly named Man #2) and Cliff Saunders (as Man #1) to work their magic alongside leading man Charles Edwards (as hero Richard Hannay) and Jennifer Ferrin (as three mysterious women he encounters after being pulled into a spy plot). Having witnessed Burton’s amazing transformations, we just had to ask: How do you do it? And what inspires your playful sense of comedy?

 

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I confess: I love a good quick change. Maybe it’s the running offstage into the dark where waiting hands are ready to rip off your clothes and slap new ones on. Maybe it’s the rush against time: five seconds to change from the Spy to Mrs. McGarrigle…go! Maybe it’s just the pure theatricality of it. The magic of a quick change can only happen live.

 

This is one of the many reasons why performing in Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps on Broadway is such a joy (the other reasons being my amazing fellow actors, Charles Edwards, Jennifer Ferrin and my other half, Cliff Saunders). One of the comments I hear most from people after seeing the show is, “It looks like you are having so much fun up there.” We are, not only onstage but offstage as well. I wish we could sell tickets to backstage during a performance. . .

 

To read the rest of the article, please click on the following link: http://www.broadway.com/gen/Buzz_Story.aspx?ci=564481

 

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www.39StepsonBroadway.com

 

 

39 STEPS BEGINS TOMORROW AT THE COURT THEATRE

PERFORMANCES FOR ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S
THE 39 STEPS

BEGIN TOMORROW NIGHT AT THE CORT THEATRE

IN (SLIGHTLY LESS THAN) 39 HOURS!

 

ALL SEATS $39 FOR FIRST PERFORMANCE!

39 SEATS AT $39 AVAILABLE AT ALL OTHER PERFORMANCES!

OPENING NIGHT IS MAY 8

 

 

Performances begin tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 29 for Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS, the critically acclaimed 2007 Olivier Award-winner for Best New Comedy.  The production will begin performances at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues) in (slightly less than) 39 hours!  All seats will be $39 for the first preview.  39 seats at $39 are also available for all other performances.  Tickets are available by phone at 212-239-6200, online at www.telecharge.com and at the Cort Theatre box office.

 

The Broadway premiere of THE 39 STEPS opened earlier this season at Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre 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 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.  The Broadway production has been nominated for three 2008 Drama Desk Awards including Unique Theatrical Experience, Lighting Design (Kevin Adams) and Sound Design (Mic Pool), three 2008 Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Play, Director of a Play (Maria Aitken), and Lighting Design (Kevin Adams), and a 2008 Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Play. 

 

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 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 39 STEPS received its American debut at Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company.  The Broadway premiere production 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 for THE 39 STEPS 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).   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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www.39StepsOnBroadway.com

 

BIOGRAPHIES:

 

Arnie Burton (Man #2) Broadway: Amadeus.  Off-Broadway: Mere Mortals (Primary Stages, J. Houseman Theatre), The Last Sunday in June (Rattlestick, Century Theatre) Jew of Malta/Merchant of Venice (TFANA), The Venetian Twins, The Cherry Orchard (Pearl Theatre). UK: The Merchant of Venice (RSC). Regional: All in the Timing (L.A. premier, Geffen Playhouse), I Am My Own Wife (St Louis Rep), The Seagull, Taming of the Shrew (Old Globe), also The Huntington, The Alley, Berkeley Rep, Philadelphia Theatre Co., Berkshire Theatre Fest., among others.  Film; Igby Goes Down, Game 6  T.V.: “Frasier,” “Six Degrees,” “Hope & Faith”, “L&O,” “Caroline in the City,” “Sister, Sister,” “Drift” (pilot).

 

Charles Edwards (Richard Hannay). Charles played Hannay for the original London production. Theatre includes Sandy in Hay Fever with Judi Dench (dir. Peter Hall); Victor in Private Lives (dir. Thea Sharrock); Antonio in The Duchess of Malfi opposite Janet McTeer (dir. Phyllida Lloyd); George in All My Sons with Julie Walters and Laurie Metcalf (dir. Howard Davies), and Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing (dir. Peter Hall). Television includes Conan Doyle in “The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes” opposite Ian Richardson; Edward VIII in “Bertie and Elizabeth” with Eileen Atkins and Alan Bates, and the new series of “Midsomer Murders.” Film includes Batman Begins, Mr Yates in Mansfield Park, and Charles Sturridge’s Longitude

 

Jennifer Ferrin (Annabella Schmidt/PamelaMargaret). Making her Broadway debut, Jennifer is best known for her work on “As The World Turns,” for which she garnered two Daytime Emmy nominations. After graduating from North Carolina School of the Arts in 2003, Ferrin has also appeared on “Rescue Me,” as Stanley Tucci’s love interest on “3 lbs,” and in Hallmark’s “The Locket” alongside Vanessa Redgrave. Most recently, Ferrin appeared on Spike TVs “The Kill Point” opposite John Leguizamo. She is thrilled to be working with such an incredible cast and crew. Love and gratitude to family and friends.

 

Cliff Saunders (Man #1). Theatre includes Bilbo Baggins in the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings, Danny, King of the Basement (Roseneath Theatre); Habeas Corpus (CanStage); The Drowsy Chaperone (Winter Garden); A Flea in Her Ear (Soulpepper Theatre Company); Crackwalker and A Wind in the Willows (The Grand Theatre); Beauty and the Beast (Princess of Wales Theatre); Possible Maps (Tarragon Theatre); A Servant of Two Masters, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Pinocchio (Young People’s Theatre); and Biloxi Blues and The Foreigner (Royal Alexandra Theatre). Film and TV includes Outlander, Roxy Hunter (both upcoming), Chicago, A Lobster Tale, Open Range, Spider, The Fool, “The Music Man,” “Midwives,” “Joan of Arc,” “Eloise,” “Eloise at Christmas Time,” “Harlan County War,” “Catch a Falling Star,” “Flowers for Algernon,” “The Crossing,” “Deathlands,” “Monk,” “Doc,” “Sue Thomas F.B.EYE,” “La Femme Nikita,” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.”

 

Patrick Barlow (Adaptation) Patrick is probably best known in the UK for his hilarious two-man National Theatre of Brent which has become a legend in British theatre, television and radio. Their comedy epics include Zulu, The Charles and Diana Story, Messiah and The Wonder of Sex. They have won two Sony Gold Awards, a Premier Ondas Award for Best European Comedy and the New York Festival Gold Award for Best Comedy. Other screenwriting includes: Adrian Mole, Christopher Columbus, Queen of the East, Van Gogh (Prix Futura Berlin Film Festival), Revolution!! (Best Comedy Jerusalem Film Festival), and the BAFTA-winning Young Visiters, starring Jim Broadbent. Publications include: “Shakespeare: The Truth!” and “The Complete History of the Whole World.” Screen and theatre acting credits include: Wind in the Willows, “Absolutely Fabulous,” “Clatterford,” Shakespeare in Love, Notting Hill, The Diary of Bridget Jones and Nanny McPhee. The 39 Steps won Patrick an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

 

Maria Aitken (Director). Productions in America and the UK include the Olivier Award-winning West End production of The 39 Steps (also currently running in Israel and Italy); Simon Gray’s Japes (Bay Street Theatre), Rattigan’s Man and Boy (Duchess Theatre, London), Coward’s Easy Virtue (Chichester), Vita and Virginia (Sphinx Theatre), Lady Bracknell’s Confinement  (Vineyard Theatre, NY), School for Scandal (Clwyd Theatr), As You Like It (Regent’s Park), Ludlam’s The Mystery of Irma Vep (Leicester Haymarket, & Ambassadors, London), Are You Sitting Comfortable (Watford Palace), The Rivals (Court Theatre, Chicago), After the Ball Was Over (Old Vic, London), Private Lives (Oxford Playhouse), and Happy Family (Duke of York’s, London).  As a leading actress, roles include Blithe Spirit, Bedroom Farce (Royal National Theatre), Travesties, Waste, and The Happiest Days of Your Life (RSC), and West End productions of Humble Boy, Sylvia, Hay Fever, Other People’s Money, The Vortex, The Women, Sister Mary Ignatius…, Design for Living, Private Lives, and A Little Night Music. Film credits include A Fish Called Wanda.  She is a visiting teacher at BADA, Juilliard, Yale School of Drama, NYU, The Actors Center in NYC, and The Academy for Classical Acting. She is the author of two books, A Girdle Round the Earth and Style: Acting in High Comedy.

 

THE 39 STEPS FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/25/nyregion/25move.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion&oref=slogin

The Shows Must Go On, but Not Until They Change Theaters

By GLENN COLLINS
The NEW YORK TIMES

Published: April 25, 2008

The computer-controlled lights and the fog machines were waiting in the wings. More than 600 props – including the maroon queen-size pullout couch and the Zippo lighter – had been packed away. The sets that weren’t being bashed into shape to fit new stages had been muscled onto scenery trucks.

And as the week wore on, a brigade of carpenters, electricians and sound and prop people performed a chaotic symphony for hammer, saw and drill.

Getting from Point A to Point B has always been daunting in Manhattan, but rarely has any New York moving van saga been as operatic as the simultaneous transfer of two hit Broadway plays to new theaters on the same day.

This year’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “August: Osage County,” a sprawling drama about a dysfunctional family inhabiting a rambling Oklahoma home, is moving to the Music Box Theater from the Imperial Theater next door. And “Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps,” a witty, quick-change take on the 1935 movie thriller, is migrating five blocks to the Cort Theater from the American Airlines Theater.

The Broadway-to-Broadway transfer of even one play is more rare than a total solar eclipse. According to the Broadway League, the last time was nearly eight years ago when “Waiting in the Wings,” starring Rosemary Harris and Lauren Bacall, segued from the Walter Kerr to the Eugene O’Neill in May 2000.

But the strange coincidence of two plays transferring on the same day “is almost stratospheric,” said Charlotte St. Martin, the executive director of the Broadway League.

In both cases, their theaters had been booked for other shows; but because they were unexpected hits, their producers decided that the expense of a transfer was worth the gamble.

 

To read the complete article, click on the following link: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/25/nyregion/25move.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion&oref=slogin

 

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Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS resumes performances on Tuesday, April 29 in advance of a May 8 opening at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street).

 

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