Boeing-Boeing: Greg Germann and Missi Pyle join cast
Greg Germann and Missi Pyle join the cast of Boeing-Boeing this evening (9 Sep 2008) playing the roles of 'Bernard' and 'Gretchen,' respectively.
Germann will assume the role of Bernard from original cast member Bradley Whitford and Pyle will assume the role of 'Gretchen' from original cast member Mary McCormack, who was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance. Both original cast members played their final performance on 7 Sep 2008.
In addition to his many years playing 'Richard Fish' on the long running series 'Ally McBeal,' Germann has also appeared in the films 'Talladega Nights,' 'Friends with Money,' and 'Sweet November,' among many others. On Broadway Germann understudied the roles of 'Arnold Epstein' and 'Eugene Morris Jerome' in 'Biloxi Blues' (1985), Boeing-Boeing marks his first Broadway featured performance.
Missi Pyle will make her Broadway debut in Boeing-Boeing. Her films include 'Galaxy Quest,' 'Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,' 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' and 'Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.'
Boeing-Boeing opened at the Longacre Theatre on 4 May 2008, following previews from 19 Apr and is currently selling tickets through to 18 Jan 2009
Boeing-Boeing also features 2008 Tony Award Winner Mark Rylance, Gina Gershon, and Kathryn Hahn. The comedy opened to mostly good, but mixed reviews: "This production levitates low burlesque into high comedy." (New York Times); "A breath of fresh laughing gas." (New York Daily News); "As tedious as a flea circus." (New York Post) and "Everybody ... better tape their ribs to prevent fractures from laughing so furiously." (Star Ledger)
In Boeing-Boeing Bernard, a successful architect living in Paris, thought he could easily cope with his three air hostess fianees. It was all a question of timetables and a reliable, long-suffering housekeeper who reluctantly has the role of romantic air-traffic controller. When old school chum Robert arrives, Bernard relishes the chance to show his wide-eyed friend his first-class operation at work. Unfortunately, schedules change, flights are delayed and a new turbo-charged Boeing aircraft is introduced: chaos ensues in this whirl of mayhem and matchmaking.
Boeing-Boeing, by Marc Camoletti and translated by Beverley Cross, played at London's Comedy Theatre from 3 Feb 2007 - 5 Jan 2008, to critical acclaim: ï¿½Sheer, silly, comic pleasure.ï¿½ (Evening Standard); ï¿½Loving production, achieves a kind of delirium.ï¿½ (Guardian) and ï¿½Refreshingly hilarious.ï¿½ (Times).
The London production of Boeing-Boeing was honored with two 2008 Oliver Award nominations: Best Revival and Best Actor in a Play, Mark Rylance.
The London cast, also directed by Matthew Warchus, featured Mark Rylance, Roger Allam, Frances De La Tour, Daisy Beaumont, Michelle Gomez and Tamzin Outhwaite.
Boeing-Boeing features set and costume design by Rob Howell, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, original music by Claire Van Kampen and sound by Simon Baker.
The comedy is being produced on Broadway by Sonia Friedman Productions/Bob Boyett, Act Productions/Matthew Byam Shaw, Robert G. Bartner and The Weinstein Compa.
Boeing-Boeing had its world premiere in London in the 60's, where it played for over 2,000 performances. The show transferred to Broadway in 1965, but ran for only 23 performances.
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