'Dedication or The Stuff Of Dreams,' Don Amendolia to replace Nathan Lane

Don Amendolia

Primary Stages has announced that Don Amendolia will replace Nathan Lane in Terrence McNally's new play, Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams, from the 6 Sep 2005.

Nathan Lane is leaving the show to prepare for his next appearance on Broadway as Oscar Madison in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple which begins previews on the 4 Oct 2005 at the Brook Atkinson Theatre

Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams opened at 59E59's Theatre A on the 18 Aug 2005, following previews from the 26 Jul 2005. This limited engagement was originally to end on the 18 Sep 2005, but was recently extended to the 2 Oct 2005.

Don Amendolia's Broadway credits include: 'Stepping Out' and 'My One And Only.' He was last seen off-Broadway in 1981 in Caryl Churchill's 'Cloud Nine.' Film work includes: 'A Walk in the Clouds' and 'Boogie Nights'.

He will be joining the current cast which includes: Marian Seldes, Michael Countryman, Alison Fraser, Darren Pettie, R.E. Rodgers and Miriam Shor.

Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams concerns a life-changing encounter between Lou and Jessie Nuncle, the producers of a struggling children�s theatre, and Annabelle Willard, the owner of an abandoned grand theatre the Nuncle�s covet.

The show received average to poor notices from the popular press. New York Daily News said "Only the most dedicated will have the stamina to sit through this unwieldy play to see a wonderful performance by Marian Seldes and a nicely subdued one by Nathan Lane." The Hollywood reporter said "All that's really illuminated is the decline of playwright Terrence McNally, and Nathan Lane's limits as an actor."

Our own reviewer, Polly Wittenberg, enjoyed the show and wrote "Good as he (Nathan Lane) is, he can be replaced. Not so Miss Seldes. Go and enjoy."

To read the rest of Polly's review and what the critics said click here

This is the newest play from the Tony Award-winning author of 'The Stendhal Syndrome' (which received its world premiere at Primary Stages), 'Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune,' 'Master Class,' 'Love! Valour! Compassion!,' 'Lips Together, Teeth Apart' and 'The Lisbon Traviata'

Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams has scenic design by Narelle Sissons, costume design by Laura Crow, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound by Lindsay Jones. The Production Stage Manager is Emily N. Wells.

(For further information click here.)

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