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IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST’s Desmond Heeley in WSJ

Roundabout’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST opens on Broadway this Thursday, January 13th at the American Airlines Theatre.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

January 8, 2011

 

NY CULTURE

 

Standing Out Among the Wilde Scenery

The Crafty Touches of Desmond Heeley’s Sets Add to the Theatricality of the Upcoming ‘Importance of Being Earnest’

 

By PIA CATTON

 

Wit and charm are a reliable part of Oscar Wilde’s play “The Importance of Being Earnest,” but the Roundabout Theatre Company’s new production has something that most do not: Desmond Heeley.

Mr. Heeley, 79, has designed sets and costumes for the world’s top theater, opera and ballet venues. In New York, his work has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera and American Ballet Theatre. In England, he has been a regular at Covent Garden, the National Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as West End theaters. Canada’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival Theater and Milan’s La Scala can claim him, too.

 

On Broadway, Mr. Heeley holds a rare distinction: In 1968, he became the first person to win the Tony Awards for costume and scenic design of the same show: Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.” (Two others have duplicated the feat: Franne Lee for “Candide” in 1974, and Maria Bjornson for “The Phantom of the Opera” in 1988.)

 

Returning to New York for “Earnest,” which opens on Jan. 13, Mr. Heeley has created three sets—two interiors and one garden—that are transporting works of craftsmanship and illusion. Continue reading

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Roundabout’s MILK TRAIN… begins previews tonight

PREVIEWS BEGIN TONIGHT! 

 

Roundabout Theatre Company

presents

THE MILK TRAIN DOESN’T STOP HERE ANYMORE

By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Michael Wilson

With

Curtis Billings, Elisa Bocanegra, Olympia Dukakis, Edward Hibbert,

Maggie Lacey, Darren Pettie

Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

 

Preview performances begin tonight for Roundabout Theatre Company’s The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, by Tennessee Williams, directed by Michael Wilson.   The cast includes Curtis Billings (Giulio), Elisa Bocanegra (Simonetta), Olympia Dukakis (Flora Goforth), Edward Hibbert (Witch of Capri), Maggie Lacey (Frances Black), Darren Pettie (Christopher Flanders).

 

The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore begins previews on Friday, January 7th and the official opening is Sunday, January 30th, 2011 at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street).  This is a limited engagement through Sunday, April 3rd, 2011.

 

The design team includes Jeff Cowie (Sets), David C. Woolard (Costumes), Rui Rita (Lights) & John Gromada (Original Music & Sound).

In this haunting Tennessee Williams drama, Olympia Dukakis stars as Flora Goforth, a wealthy American widow.  In her picturesque Italian mountaintop home, Flora has detached from the world in order to write her memoirs. When a handsome and mysterious young visitor arrives without warning to keep Flora company in her final hours, this dreamlike play blossoms into a fascinating meditation on life and death. Continue reading

Brief Encounter on Broadway ends engagement on January 2, 2011

 

Roundabout Theatre Company

Noël Coward’s

BRIEF ENCOUNTER

Adapted and Directed by Emma Rice

Concludes limited engagement this Sunday, January 2nd at 7PM

 

“By the show’s end I felt enlivened, enlightened and seriously moved.”

– Ben Brantley, NY Times

“Emma Rice and her expert company will steal your heart!”

– Elysa Gardner, USA Today

on Broadway at Studio 54

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) in association with David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Cineworld say farewell to Kneehigh Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter.

Brief Encounter is now playing an extended limited engagement through Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 at Studio 54 (254 W54th St.) on Broadway.  The production played 21 previews and 119 regular performances.  CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE BRIEF ENCOUNTER VIDEO. Continue reading

Best of 2010: Roundabout Theatre Company on Top Ten Lists

Roundabout Theatre Company

(Todd Haimes, Artistic Director)

proudly recognizes the following productions acknowledged on many

Top 10 lists of the best theatre of 2010:

Brief Encounter, The Glass Menagerie, Tiger Be Still & Everyday Rapture

Noel Coward’s BRIEF ENCOUNTER, adapted and directed by Emma Rice

is a critically acclaimed limited engagement extended through January 2, 2010.

 

New York Times – Best Theatre 2010 round-up.

            Honorable mention goes to Brief Encounter. “Among the eight productions, I have not included this wonderful show seen on Broadway in 2010 — Brief Encounter — because it was on my list last year for its Off Broadway incarnations.” “By the show’s end I felt enlivened, enlightened and seriously moved.” – Ben Brantley. http://nyti.ms/eb2ysr

 

NY1 – 2010 Theater: The Best of Broadway.

            “The lushly romantic adaptation of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter has audiences swooning.” – Roma Torre. http://bit.ly/hq2cp5 Continue reading

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST featured in Daily News

Roundabout’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST begins previews tonight on Broadway with an official opening on January 13th, 2011 at the American Airlines Theatre (227 W42nd St.).

The Daily News
December 17, 2010

 

The Importance of Being Earnest

Brian Bedford pulls off ‘Earnest’ performance dressed as Lady Bracknell

Joe Dziemianowicz

The dude looks like a lady.

 

Make that Lady, as in Lady Bracknell, the formidable Victorian gentlewoman in Oscar Wilde‘s witty satire “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

 

That thought occurs to you, looking at pictures of Brian Bedford wearing an ornate red frock and hat as the authoritarian aristocrat in a new Broadway production of the 1895 play. The show launches tonight at the American Airlines Theatre.

 

But the 75-year-old English actor, who also directs the Roundabout Theatre Company revival running through March 6, would prefer audiences concentrate on the words in the bon mot-dusted comedy of mistaken identities, not on cross-dressing. “La Cage aux Folles” this isn’t.

 

“The novelty aspect of a man playing Lady B. could be distracting and actually damaging to the audience’s experience of this great play,” says Bedford. “So the challenge is to make her absolutely real and as dimensional as possible, with no hint of transvestitism. I’ve tried very hard to do that.” Continue reading

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST begins previews tonight 12/17

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

PREVIEWS BEGIN TONIGHT, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17!

Brian Bedford

Directs & Stars in

By Oscar Wilde

With

Paxton Whitehead

Santino Fontana, David Furr, Tim MacDonald, Paul O’Brien, Charlotte Parry, Sara Topham

And

Dana Ivey

Opening night is January 13th, 2011

On Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is proud to present a new Broadway production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford as “Lady Bracknell.” The cast also features Dana Ivey as “Miss Prism,” Paxton Whitehead as “Rev. Canon Chasuble,” Santino Fontana as “Algernon Moncrieff,” David Furr as “John Worthing,” Tim MacDonald as “Merriman,” Paul O’Brien as “Lane,” Charlotte Parry as “Cecily Cardew,” and Sara Topham as “Gwendolen Fairfax.”

 

The Importance of Being Earnest will begin previews on Friday, December 17th, 2010 and open officially on Thursday, January 13th, 2011.   This is a limited engagement through Sunday, March 6th, 2011. Continue reading

Roundabout’s ANYTHING GOES announces full company

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

Announces the Full Company of 30 Actors

Sutton Foster

And

Joel Grey

Star

In a new Broadway production of

ANYTHING GOES

Music & Lyrics by

Cole Porter

Original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton

and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse

New book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman

Colin Donnell, Adam Godley, Laura Osnes, Jessica Stone

Walter Charles, Robert Creighton, Andrew Cao, Raymond J. Lee

Clyde Alves, Ward Billeisen, Joyce Chittick, Nikki Renée Daniels, Margot De La Barre, Kimberly Fauré, Josh Franklin, Justin Greer, Daniel J. Edwards, Tari Kelly,

Shina Ann Morris, Linda Mugleston, Kevin Munhall, Adam Perry, William Ryall,

Jennifer Savelli, Anthony Wayne, Kristen Beth Williams

With

John McMartin and Jessica Walter

Directed & Choreographed by

Kathleen Marshall

Previews begin March 10th, 2011; Official Opening April 7th, 2011

on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce the full company of the new Broadway production of Anything Goes, starring Tony® Award winner Sutton Foster as “Reno Sweeney” and Tony® and Academy® Award winner Joel Grey as “Moonface Martin.”

The cast will also feature Colin Donnell as “Billy Crocker”, Adam Godley as “Lord Evelyn Oakleigh,” Laura Osnes as “Hope Harcourt,” Jessica Stone as “Erma,” Walter Charles as “Captain,” Robert Creighton as “Purser,” Andrew Cao as “Luke,” Raymond J. Lee as “John,” with John McMartin as “Elisha Whitney” and Jessica Walter as “Evangeline Harcourt.” Additional cast members include Clyde Alves, Ward Billeisen, Joyce Chittick, Nikki Renée Daniels, Margot De La Barre, Kimberly Fauré, Josh Franklin, Justin Greer, Daniel J. Edwards, Tari Kelly, Shina Ann Morris, Linda Mugleston, Kevin Munhall, Adam Perry, William Ryall, Jennifer Savelli, Anthony Wayne, Kristen Beth Williams.

Directed & choreographed by Tony® Award winner Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes will begin performances March 10th, 2011 and officially open on April 7th, 2011 on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (124 West 43rd Street).

Music & lyrics by Cole Porter; original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; New book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman.

The creative team includes Rob Fisher (Musical Director) and David Chase (Dance Arranger).  The design team includes Derek McLane (Sets), Martin Pakledinaz (Costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (Lights) and Brian Ronan (Sound).

ALL ABOARD for this saucy and splendid new production of Cole Porter’s musical romp across the Atlantic.  When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this hilariously bumpy ride are some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including “You’re the Top,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “I Get A Kick Out of You,” and “Anything Goes.” Continue reading