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Fully Committed begins previews on Broadway tonight

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Becky Mode's comedy Fully Committed, directed by Tony nominee Jason Moore and starring five-time Emmy nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson, begins previews at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre tonight. Opening night is scheduled for 25 April for the limited engagement, which will close on 24 July 2016.

Synopsis: "You think you're having a bad day? Meet Sam. He works the red-hot reservation line at one of New York's trendiest restaurants, where the best food inspires the worst behavior. Coercion, petty threats, bribes, histrionics - a cast of desperate callers, all brought to life by Ferguson, will stop at nothing to land a prime reservation, or the right table. Amid the barrage, Sam has his own problems to deal with. While juggling scheming socialites, name-dropping wannabes, fickle celebrities and egomaniacal bosses, can he still manage to look out for himself?

Ferguson takes on more than 40 roles in the comedy, which are "based on characters created by playwright Becky Mode and Mark Setlock, from their experience working in the blistering world of the high-end restaurant industry."

Fully Committed features scenic design by Tony and Emmy winner Derek McLane, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting design by Tony nominee Ben Stanton and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff.

Fully Committed debuted off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre, before transferring to Cherry Lane Theatre. The comedy has also mounted productions in London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, and Paris.

Fully Committed is produced on Broadway by Barbara Whitman and Patrick Catullo.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson made his Broadway debut in 1998 as Chip in 'On The Town.' He returned to Broadway in 2005 as Leaf Coneybear in 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.' His off-Broadway credits include 'Where Do We Live?,' 'Little Fish,' 'Newyorkers,' 'Kean,' and the Shakespeare in the Park productions of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' 'The Merchant of Venice,' 'The Winter's Tale,' 'The Comedy of Errors,' and 'The Tempest.' He is perhaps best known for his TV role of Mitchell Pritchett in "Modern Family," which has earned him 5 Emmy nominations to date.

- by Tom Millward

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