Blithe Spirit


An Improbable Farce


Shubert Theatre, (3/15/2009 - 7/19/2009)

First Preview: Feb 26, 2009
Opening Date: Mar 15, 2009
Closing Date: Jul 19, 2009
Total Previews: 20
Total Performances: 145

Category: Play, Comedy, Farce, Revival, Broadway
Description: A farce in three acts
Setting: The living room of Charles Condomine's house in Kent, England. The late 1930s.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President)

Produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Steve Traxler, Scott M. Delman, Bat-Barry Productions, Broadway Across America, Ken Davenport, Michael Filerman, Jeffrey Finn, Arlene Scanlan, Ronald Frankel, JK Productions, Kathleen K. Johnson, Patty Ann McKinnon, Judith Resnick, Terry Schnuck, Jamie deRoy/Alan D. Marks, Zev Buffman and Barbara & Buddy Freitag/Wendy Federman

Written by Noël Coward

Directed by Michael Blakemore; Associate Director: Kim Weild

Scenic Design by Peter J. Davison; Costume Design by Martin Pakledinaz; Lighting Design by Brian MacDevitt; Sound Design by Peter Fitzgerald; Wig Design by Paul Huntley; Associate Scenic Design: Ted LeFevre; Associate Costume Design: MaryAnn D. Smith; Associate Lighting Design: Caroline Chao; Assistant Sound Design: Megan Henninger

General Manager: Richards / Climan, Inc.; Company Manager: Bruce Klinger; Associate Gen. Mgr: John Gendron

Production Supervisor: Steven Zweigbaum; Production Manager: Aurora Productions; Production Stage Manager: Steven Zweigbaum; Stage Manager: Àra Marx

General Press Representative: Jeffrey Richards Associates and Irene Gandy; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Casting: Telsey + Company; Psychic Consultant: Paula Roberts; Photographer: Robert J. Saferstein

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Opening Night Cast

Christine EbersoleElvira
Angela LansburyMadame Arcati
Rupert Everett
Broadway debut
Charles
Jayne AtkinsonRuth
Simon JonesDoctor Bradman
Susan Louise O'Connor
Broadway debut
Edith
Deborah RushMrs. Bradman

Understudies: Mark Capri (Charles, Doctor Bradman), Elizabeth Norment (Edith, Elvira, Ruth) and Sandra Shipley (Madame Arcati, Mrs. Bradman)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 2009 Best Featured Actress in a Play [winner] 

Angela Lansbury

 2009 Best Costume Design of a Play [nominee] 

Martin Pakledinaz

Drama Desk Award

 2009 Outstanding Revival of a Play [nominee] 

Produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Steve Traxler, Scott M. Delman, Bat-Barry Productions, Broadway Across America, Ken Davenport, Michael Filerman, Jeffrey Finn, Arlene Scanlan, Ronald Frankel, JK Productions, Kathleen K. Johnson, Patty Ann McKinnon, Judith Resnick, Terry Schnuck, Jamie deRoy/Alan D. Marks, Zev Buffman and Barbara & Buddy Freitag/Wendy Federman

winner 2009 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play [winner] 

Angela Lansbury

 2009 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee] 

Martin Pakledinaz

 2009 Outstanding Director of a Play [nominee] 

Michael Blakemore

Theatre World

winner 2009 Award [recipient] 

Susan Louise O'Connor

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