Studio 54, (12/14/2006 - 3/11/2007)

First Preview: Nov 29, 2006
Opening Date: Dec 14, 2006
Closing Date: Mar 11, 2007
Total Previews: 18
Total Performances: 99

Category: Musical, Comedy, Revival, Broadway
Description: A musical in three acts
Setting: Part I: Eden. Saturday, June 1st. Part II: A Semi-Barbaric Kingdom. A Long Time Ago. Part III: Here. Now.

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)

Original production directed by Mike Nichols; Originally produced on the Broadway Stage by Stuart Ostrow; This production is based on the 2005 Concert Revival by New York City Center Encores!

Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick; Additional book material by Jerome Coopersmith; Based on "The Diary of Adam and Eve" by Mark Twain; Based on "The Lady or the Tiger?" by Frank R. Stockton; Based on "Passionella" by Jules Feiffer; Musical Director: Rob Fisher; Vocal arrangements by Rob Fisher; Music orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick

Directed by Gary Griffin; Choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler; Assistant Director: Todd Lundquist

Scenic Design by John Lee Beatty; Costume Design by Jess Goldstein; Lighting Design by Donald Holder; Sound Design by Dan Moses Schreier; Hair and Wig Design by Charles LaPointe; Make-up Design by Angelina Avallone; Associate Scenic Design: Matthew Myhrum; Associate Costume Design: China Lee; Associate Lighting Design: Michael Jones; Moving Light Programmer: Eric Norris

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

Production Stage Manager: Peter Hanson; Roundabout Technical Supervisor: Steve Beers; Assistant Tech. Suprvr: Elisa Kuhar

Musical Coordinator: Seymour "Red" Press; Conducted by Rob Fisher; Associate Conductor: Sam Davis; Music Copying: Emily Grishman Music Preparation; Synthesizer Programmer: Bruce Samuels; Violin: Marilyn Reynolds and Sylvia D'Avanzo; Viola: David Blinn; Cello: Roger Shell; Woodwinds: James Ercole, Sean Frank and Mark Thrasher; Trumpet: Dominic Derasse and Charles Porter; Trumbone: Clint Sharman; French Horn: Roger Wendt; Harp: Susan Jolles; Keyboard: Sam Davis; Bass: John Beal; Drums/Percussion: Paul Pizzuti

Roundabout Director of Artistic Development/Casting: Jim Carnahan; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Roundabout Director of Marketing and Sales Promotion: David B. Steffen; Roundabout Director of Development: Jeffory Lawson; Roundabout Associate Artistic Director: Scott Ellis; Dance Captain: Lorin Latarro; Advertising: The Eliran Murphy Group, Ltd.; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Kristin ChenowethEve
Part 1
Princess Barbára
Part 2
Ella and Passionella
Part 3
Brian d'Arcy JamesAdam
Part 1
Flip, the Prince, Charming
Part 3
Captain Sanjar
Part 2
Marc KudischSnake
Part 1
Balladeer
Part 2
Narrator
Part 3
Walter CharlesKing Arik
Part 2
Producer
Part 3
Mr. Fallible
Part 3
Meggie CanslerKing Arik's Court
Part 2
Subway Rider
Part 3
El Morocco Patron
Part 3
Fan
Part 3
Flip's Following
Part 3
Movie Set Crew
Part 3
Julie ConnorsKing Arik's Court
Part 2
Film Critic
Part 3
Subway Rider
Part 3
El Morocco Patron
Part 3
Fan
Part 3
Flip's Following
Part 3
Movie Set Crew
Part 3
Sarah Jane EvermanPrisoner's Bride
Part 2
King Arik's Court
Part 2
Subway Rider
Part 3
El Morocco Patron
Part 3
Fan
Part 3
Flip's Following
Part 3
Movie Set Crew
Part 3
Justin KeyesKing Arik's Court
Part 2
Newsboy
Part 3
Subway Rider
Part 3
El Morocco Patron
Part 3
Fan
Part 3
Flip's Following
Part 3
Movie Set Crew
Part 3
Lorin LatarroNadjira
Part 2
King Arik's Court
Part 2
Subway Rider
Part 3
El Morocco Patron
Part 3
Fan
Part 3
Flip's Following
Part 3
Movie Set Crew
Part 3
Mike McGowanPrisoner
Part 2
Guard
Part 2
King Arik's Court
Part 2
Stage Hand
Part 3
Subway Rider
Part 3
El Morocco Patron
Part 3
Fan
Part 3
Flip's Following
Part 3
Movie Set Crew
Part 3
Sean PalmerTiger
Part 2
King Arik's Court
Part 2
Subway Rider
Part 3
El Morocco Patron
Part 3
Fan
Part 3
Flip's Following
Part 3
Movie Set Crew
Part 3
Dennis StoweGuard
Part 2
King Arik's Court
Part 2
Director
Part 3
Subway Rider
Part 3
El Morocco Patron
Part 3
Fan
Part 3
Flip's Following
Part 3
Movie Set Crew
Part 3

Swings: Jennifer Taylor Farrell and Eric Santagata

Understudies: Sarah Jane Everman (Ella and Passionella, Eve, Princess Barbára), Mike McGowan (Adam, Captain Sanjar, Flip, the Prince, Charming, King Arik) and Sean Palmer (Balladeer, Narrator, Snake)

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)

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)

 2007 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Kristin Chenoweth

 2007 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Jonathan Tunick

Songs

music by Jerry Bock; lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

ACT 1 Sung By
Eden PreludeThe Orchestra
Here in EdenEve
FeelingsEve
EveAdam
FriendsEve
The Apple Tree (Forbidden Fruit)Snake
Beautiful, Beautiful WorldAdam
It's a FishAdam
Go to Sleep Whatever You AreEve
What Makes Me Love HimEve
ACT 2 Sung By
The Lady or the Tiger PreludeThe Orchestra
I'll Tell You a TruthBalladeer
Make WayKing Arik and his Court
Forbidden Love (In Gaul)Princess Barbara and Sanjar
The Apple Tree (Reprise) Balladeer
I've Got What You WantPrincess Barbara
Tiger, TigerPrincess Barbara
Make Way (Reprise) King's Court
Which Door?Sanjar, Princess Barbara and King Arik and his Court
I'll Tell You a Truth (Reprise) Balladeer
ACT 3 Sung By
Passionella Mini-OvertureThe Orchestra
Oh, to Be a Movie StarElla
GorgeousPassionella
(Who, Who, Who, Who) Who Is She?The Company
WealthPassionella
You Are Not RealFlip and The Company
George LElla and George

Reviews


AP: "Kristin Chenoweth polishes an 'Apple'"

Talk about polishing the "Apple" until it shines.

In the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of "The Apple Tree," Kristin Chenoweth makes her own special brand of musical-comedy magic. The woman belongs in the theater (not in movies like "Deck the Halls" or her short-lived TV series "Kristin"), preferably in a musical that can show off her voice and delirious comic timing at the same time.

She gets just such an opportunity in this odd, uneven entertainment, actually three one-act Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick musicals based on short stories by Mark Twain, Frank R. Stockton and Jules Feiffer. The 1966 original ran for over a year, a showcase for the quirky talents of Barbara Harris. And Chenoweth played the lead in "The Apple Tree" two years ago in a production at "Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert" If anything, she has gotten better.

This version, which opened Thursday at Studio 54, expands on the bare-bones "Encores!" version and recasts Chenoweth's co-stars. Her new leading men are Brian d'Arcy James and Marc Kudisch.

"The Apple Tree" is a musical about temptation, a situation most obvious in the evening's curtain raiser, Twain's "The Diary of Adam and Eve." Chenoweth, of course, is Eve; James is Adam and Kudisch a most debonair snake.

The key to Chenoweth's vibrant stage persona is her impish confidence. She is a personality, a unique performer who would have been right at home appearing in musical comedies of the 1920s and 1930s. Imagine if George and Ira Gershwin, or Rodgers and Hart had written a show or two for her. Here, director Gary Griffin, who also directed the "Encores!" presentation, wisely allows his leading lady to be front and center for most of the evening.

Chenoweth knows where the laughs are and goes right for them in all three pieces. Her Eve is cheerfully all-knowing, a hilarious contrast to James' obtuse, if good-natured Adam. She portrays a spoiled princess in Stockton's "The Lady or the Tiger?" It's a chance for her to engage in high camp and low comedy. And in Feiffer’s "Passionella," the actress is a forlorn chimney sweep suddenly transformed into a blonde bombshell of a movie star not unlike Marilyn Monroe. She goes from sweetness to sexy in warp speed.

Bock and Harnick, who wrote such musicals as "Fiddler on the Roof," "Fiorello!" and "She Loves Me," are craftsmen of the old school. Even with a show that is not of first rank (and "The Apple Tree" belongs in their second tier), Harnick's lyrics are never less than intelligent. They often are warmhearted and witty, while Bock's music, particularly in the first piece, is affecting without being overly sentimental.

"Adam and Eve" also contains the show's best song, 'What Makes Me Love Him." It's a number that Chenoweth delivers with enormous affection, singing in a simple, direct style that never descends to maudlin.

The songwriting team, with additional material from Jerome Coopersmith, also are credited with the book, whose quality varies greatly from story to story to story. If "Adam and Eve" is the most carefully thought-out piece (it borders on whimsy without getting too sticky), "The Lady or the Tiger?" has a strangely abrupt ending and "Passionella" is the most dated, a mid-1960s variation on "Cinderella," loaded down with beatnik hipness and an Elvis Presley-like hero gamely played by James.

The production designs are still minimal. "Adam and Eve," for example, is performed on a nearly bare playing area. And the chorus lineup is exceptionally skimpy, only four guys and four girls. But don't worry. Kristin Chenoweth can fill the stage all by herself.


AP
12/14/2006

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Studio 54

(12/14/2006 - 3/11/2007)

Cast

Laura Schutter
Ensemble
Part 3
King Arik's Court
Part 2
Nadjira
Part 2


Swings: Laura Schutter.


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