A Catered Affair to close on 27 Jul
The Broadway production of the Harvey Fierstein/John Bucchino musical, A Catered Affair has posted early closing notices and will play its final performance at the Walter Kerr Theatre on 27 Jul 2008 - the musical had been booking through to 12 Oct 2008. When the show closes it will have played 27 previews and 116 regular performances.
ï¿½Our team set out to create a new form of musical storytelling,ï¿½ said Fierstein. ï¿½What we achieved was raw, honest, emotionally daring theater. I couldn't be prouder of A Catered Affair. And, from all indications, the show will have a long and prosperous life in every sort of venue around the globe. That ain't chopped liver!ï¿½
Producer Roth added, ï¿½A Catered Affair stands as a jewel among musicals. Thanks to the brave work of all involved, it will live on in our audiences who are so deeply moved at every performance, in our magnificent original cast album and in future productions around the world.ï¿½
The new musical with book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and score by John Bucchino opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre on 17 Apr 2008, following previews fro, 25 Mar 2008.
Prior to Broadway, the new musical inaugurated the 2007-8 Season at San Diegoï¿½s Old Globe Theatre (where the show received 7 San Diego Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical). On Broadway, A Catered Affair received the Drama Leagueï¿½s 2008 Best Musical Award and 12 Drama Desk Award nominations under the direction of Tony Award-winner John Doyle.
A Catered Affair opened to mixed reviews: It's a beautiful play, definitely an affair to remember." (NY Theatre Guide); "So low key that it often seems to sink below stage level." (NY Times); "Well-intentioned but doesn't deliver ." (NY Daily News); "Hug it to your heart." (NY Post); "Neither flashy nor flawless, but well worth attending." (USA Today); "Ceaselessly grim little show that barely registers as a musical." (Journal News); "Woeful book, dreadful songs and clueless staging" (The Record).
The production stars Tony Award-winner Faith Prince (also nominated for a 2008 Tony for Best Actress in a Musical) as ï¿½Aggie Hurley,ï¿½ the mother- of-the-bride, Tom Wopat as 'Tom Hurley,' the father-of-the-bride, Harvey Fierstein as ï¿½Winston,ï¿½ the uncle-of-the-bride, Leslie Kritzer as 'Jane Hurley,' the bride-to-be and Matt Cavenaugh as ï¿½Ralph Halloran,ï¿½ the groom-to-be.
The featured cast includes Philip Hoffman, Katie Klaus, Heather Mac Rae, Lori Wilner and Kristine Zbornik.
Jonathan Tunick, who created the showï¿½s orchestrations, was also nominated for a 2008 Tony Award for his work.
Scenic Design is by David Gallo, Costume Design is by Ann Hould-Ward, Lighting Design is by Brian MacDevitt, Sound Design is by Dan Moses Schreier, Projection Design is by Zachary Borovay and Hair Design is by David Lawrence.
The original cast recording of A Catered Affair is now available on the PS Classics label.
A Catered Affair is produced on Broadway by Jujamcyn Theaters, Jordan Roth, Harvey Entertainment/Ron Fierstein, Richie Jackson, Daryl Roth, John O'Boyle/Ricky Stevens/Davis-Tolentino, Barbra Russell/Ron Sharpe in association with the Frankel-Baruch-Viertel-Routh Group, Broadway Across America, True Love Productions, Rick Steiner/Mayerson-Bell-Staton-Osher Group, Jan Kallish, Stacey Mindich and Rhoda Mayerson. The musical is based on the Turner Entertainment motion picture distributed by Warner Brothers and written by Gore Vidal, and the original teleplay by Paddy Chayefsky.
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