Studio 54, (5/09/2007 - 7/29/2007)

First Preview: Apr 13, 2007
Opening Date: May 09, 2007
Closing Date: Jul 29, 2007
Total Previews: 27
Total Performances: 94

Category: Musical, Revival, Broadway
Setting: July 4, 1936 in the Texas Panhandle

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes: Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert: Managing Director; Julia C. Levy: Executive Director; Gene Feist: Founding Director)

Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes: Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert: Managing Director; Julia C. Levy: Executive Director; Gene Feist: Founding Director)

Book by N. Richard Nash; Music by Harvey Schmidt; Lyrics by Tom Jones; Based on a play by N. Richard Nash; Music orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick; Dance music arranged by David Krane; Musical Director: Paul Gemignani

Directed by Lonny Price; Choreographed by Dan Knechtges

Scenic Design by Santo Loquasto; Costume Design by Santo Loquasto; Lighting Design by Christopher Akerlind; Sound Design by Dan Moses Schreier; Hair and Wig Design by Tom Watson; Associate Scenic Design: Jenny B. Sawyers; Associate Costume Design: Matthew Pachtman; Associate Lighting Design: Ben Krall; Associate Sound Design: Phillip Scott Peglow; Moving Light Programmer: Victor Seastone

Roundabout General Manager: Sydney Beers; Company Manager: Nancy Mulliner

Production Stage Manager: Peter Hanson; Roundabout Technical Supervisor: Steve Beers

Conducted by Paul Gemignani; Associate Conductor: Mark Mitchell; Violin: Sylvia D'Avanzo and Sean Carney; Viola: Joe Gottsman; Cello: Roger Shell; Flute/Piccolo: Susan Rothoiz; Woodwinds: Rick Heckman, Eric Weidman and Don McGeen; Trumpet: Dominic Derasse and Mike Ponella; Trombone: Bruce Ediem; Harp: Jennifer Hoult; Keyboard: Mark Mitchell; Bass: John Beal; Drums/Percussion: Paul Pizzuti

Roundabout Director of Artistic Development/Casting: Jim Carnahan; Roundabout Founding Director: Gene Feist; Roundabout Associate Artistic Director: Scott Ellis; Roundabout Director of Marketing and Sales Promotion: David B. Steffen; Roundabout Director of Development: Jeffory Lawson; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Advertising: The Eliran Murphy Group, Ltd.; Dialect Coach: Stephen Gabis; Fight direction by Rick Sordelet; Dance Captain: Matt Wall; Production Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

John CullumH. C. Curry
Steve KazeeBill Starbuck
Audra McDonaldLizzie Curry
Chris ButlerNoah Curry
Carla DurenSnookie
Colleen FitzpatrickOdetta Clark
Christopher InnvarFile
Valisia Lekae LittleVivian Lorraine Taylor
Darius NicholsClarence
Clarence J. Taylor
Devin RichardsCurjith (Curt) McGlaughlin
Michael ScottReverend Clark
Bobby SteggertJimmy Curry
Will SwensonCody Bridger
Elisa Van DuyneLily Ann Beasley
Betsy WolfeKatheryn Brawner

Swings: Mamie Parris and Matt Wall

Understudies: Colleen Fitzpatrick (Lizzie Curry), Valisia Lekae Little (Snookie), Darius Nichols (Jimmy Curry), Devin Richards (Noah Curry), Michael Scott (File, H. C. Curry) and Will Swenson (Bill Starbuck)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2007 Best Revival of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes: Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert: Managing Director; Julia C. Levy: Executive Director; Gene Feist: Founding Director)

 2007 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Audra McDonald

 2007 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

John Cullum

 2007 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 

Jonathan Tunick

 2007 Best Lighting Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Christopher Akerlind

Drama Desk Award

 2007 Outstanding Revival of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes: Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert: Managing Director; Julia C. Levy: Executive Director; Gene Feist: Founding Director)

winner 2007 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Audra McDonald


music by Harvey Schmidt; lyrics by Tom Jones

ACT 1 Sung By
Another Hot DayFile and Townspeople
Lizzie's Coming HomeH. C. Curry, Noah Curry and Jimmy Curry
Love, Don't Turn AwayLizzie Curry
Poker PolkaFile, H. C. Curry, Noah Curry and Jimmy Curry
Hungry MenLizzie Curry and Townspeople
The Rain SongBill Starbuck and Townspeople
You're Not Foolin' MeBill Starbuck and Lizzie Curry
RaunchyLizzie Curry
A Man and a WomanFile and Lizzie Curry
Old MaidLizzie Curry
ACT 2 Sung By
Evenin' StarBill Starbuck
Everything BeautifulLizzie Curry and Townspeople
MelisandeBill Starbuck
Simple Little ThingsLizzie Curry
Little Red HatSnookie and Jimmy Curry
Is It Really Me?Lizzie Curry and Bill Starbuck
Wonderful MusicBill Starbuck, File and Lizzie Curry
The Rain Song (Reprise) Townspeople


AP: "110 in the Shade celebrates the heart"

Some musicals never quite get the attention they deserve.

A case in point is “110 in the Shade,” a musical adapted by N. Richard Nash from his play “The Rainmaker.” Originally seen during the 1963-64 Broadway season, it was overshadowed by such blockbusters as “Hello, Dolly!” and “Funny Girl.”

The show ran for 330 performances, and although it didn’t entirely disappear, the musical remains under the radar for many theatregoers. That may change with the Roundabout Theatre Company’s modest yet affecting revival, which opened Wednesday at Broadway’s Studio 54.

Not that “110 in the Shade” could ever be called a blockbuster. It’s an unassuming musical, whose quiet charms slowly draw you in. The show celebrates the blossoming of a lonely, love-starved woman who learns to believe in herself—with a little assistance from a handsome con man.

There’s nothing flashy here, but the emotions are honest and after the insistence of such recent perpetual-motion musicals as “Legally Blonde,” its lack of flash is a relief. Director Lonny Price has deliberately kept everything low-key.

But then, the score by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt of “Fantasticks” fame is gentle, folksy, romantic, and full of heart. And its lead role has the good fortune to be sung by Audra McDonald, a performer who possesses one of the finest voices in the American musical theater.

Lizzie Curry is tailor-made for the glorious McDonald, although she is way too pretty to be described as “plain.” It’s an adjective that gets through around a lot in “110 in the Shade,” even by the menfolk in her life. They include her father (the reliably rustic John Cullum) and two brothers (Chris Butler and Bobby Steggert).

Lizzie has what today would be called “self-esteem” issues. She’s just too darn competent for her own good. And, what’s worse, she speaks her mind, not something that endears her to the male residents of a drought-parched Western town, particularly the sheriff (Christopher Innvar), a man who has his own relationship problems.

Into this rural community strides Starbuck—a name that now draws (caffeinated?)  titters from the audience. He promises to bring rain, and along the way, the man romances Lizzie. Steve Kazee, whose powerful voice matches McDonald’s, makes a fine scruffy, sexy interloper.

McDonald, a four-time Tony winner, is as much an actress as she is singer. She knows how to find the truth in songs, whether they are comic—her sassy number here is called “Raunchy”—or heartbreakingly sad like “Old Maidk,” a bitter lament that ends the final act. Schmidt’s often wistful melodies and Jones’ simple, direct lyrics excel in revealing character, and character is what “110 in the Shade” is all about.

A lot of that is due to Nash’s meaty book, which provided juicy acting opportunities in the original 1954 stage version of “The Rainmaker,” for Geraldine Page and Darren McGavin and, two years later, in the movie, which starred Katherine Hepburn and Burt Lancaster, Inga Swanson and Robert Horton (of “Wagon Train” fame) headed to the 1963 cast of the musical.

The Roundabout revival downsizes the musical a bit. The chorus seems a little under populated, which makes choreographer Dan Knechtges’ dances look undernourished. And designer Santo Loquasto’s settings, most prominently a giant orb that suggests the heat of a hot summer day, are minimal.

But McDonald more than makes up for the paucity of production values. She’s a performer who can fill any stage.


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