American Airlines Theatre, (4/29/2010 - 7/11/2010)

First Preview: Apr 19, 2010
Opening Date: Apr 29, 2010
Closing Date: Jul 11, 2010
Total Previews: 11
Total Performances: 85

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway

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)

Originally produced by Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Ellen Richard, Executive Director)

Book by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott; Music orchestrated by Tom Kitt; Music arranged by Tom Kitt; Musical Director: Marco Paguia

Directed by Michael Mayer; Choreographed by Michele Lynch; Associate Choreographer: Eric Sean Fogel

Scenic Design by Christine Jones; Costume Design by Tom Broecker; Lighting Design by Kevin Adams; Sound Design by Ashley Hanson, Kurt Eric Fischer and Brian Ronan; Projection Design by Darrel Maloney; Hair Design by John Barrett; Make-Up Design by Tiffany Hicks; Associate Scenic Design: Jonathan Collins; Associate Costume Design: David Withrow; Associate Lighting Design: Aaron Sporer and Paul Toben; Associate Sound Design: Drew Levy; Associate Projection Design: Dan Scully

General Manager: Rebecca Habel; Company Manager: Carly DiFulvio

Production Manager: Aurora Productions; Production Stage Manager: Richard C. Rauscher; Stage Manager: Bryce McDonald

Musical Supervisor: Michael Rafter; Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller; Conducted by Marco Paguia; Piano: Marco Paguia; Drums: Clint de Ganon; Bass: Brian Hamm; Guitar: John Benthall; Violin/Guitar: Joe Brent

Magic Consultant: Steve Cuiffo

Original Casting: MelCap Casting; Additional Casting: Jim Carnahan, C.S.A.; General Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Roundabout Director of Marketing & Sales Promotion: David B. Steffen; Roundabout Associate Artistic Director: Scott Ellis; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Photographer: Joan Marcus; Dance Captain: Lindsay Mendez

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Opening Night Cast

Sherie Rene Scott
Eamon Foley
Lindsay Mendez
Betsy Wolfe

Understudies: Riley Costello and Natalie Weiss

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2010 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott

 2010 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Sherie Rene Scott

Drama Desk Award

 2010 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 

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

 2010 Outstanding Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott

 2010 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Sherie Rene Scott

 2010 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Tom Kitt

 2010 Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical [nominee] 

Sound Design by Kurt Eric Fischer, Brian Ronan and Ashley Hanson

Reviews


AP: "Sherie Rene Scott sings of 'Rapture' semi-stardom"

Sherie Rene Scott to the rescue.

Scott and "Everyday Rapture," her deliciously entertaining mini-musical, have arrived on Broadway, an emergency, end-of-season replacement for the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" which imploded during rehearsals.

"Rapture," which opened Thursday at the Roundabout's American Airlines Theatre, fits just fine into a large space, much bigger that off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre where the production had a successful run last year. But then the bubbly, blond, multitalented Scott has one of those quirky, expansive theater personalities that can really fill a stage.

The 90-minute musical, largely a one-woman show, is a story of self and selflessness: the quest by a woman (also named Sherie Rene) for semi-stardom and spiritual rejuvenation, all at the same time. It's a conflict that follows her from a Kansas upbringing (mostly religious) to the bright lights of Broadway (not so religious).

Two different philosophies, written on pieces of paper are carried by the woman. One paper says, "I am a speck of dust"; the other, "The world was created for me."

And her story, concocted by Scott and Dick Scanlan, is funny, touching and more than a little melodic.

Along the way, Scott, who possesses a bold, brassy voice, sings some dozen songs, many with the able assistance of two sassy backup singers, Lindsay Mendez and Betsy Wolfe. The songwriters are an eclectic bunch, ranging from Elton John to Harold Arlen to Harry Nilsson to Fred Rogers to Harry Warren and more.

That Fred Rogers is Mr. Rogers of public television's "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," a seminal influence on our stage Sherie Rene. A second was her gay cousin, Jerome, who died of AIDS and who introduced her to another cultural icon - Judy Garland.

In Scott's vaguely autobiographical tale, Sherie Rene finds her way to New York and eventually roles in Broadway shows, where she becomes a minor celebrity, worthy of YouTube adoration. That segment features a giddy, hilarious turn by young Eamon Foley as a Sherie Rene-obsessed teenager, capable of copying her every stage move on video.

Director Michael Mayer speedily moves things along on the colorfully lighted stage where a five-piece band provides strong support. But it's Scott herself who does all the heavy lifting in this entertaining show. After "Everyday Rapture" completes its Roundabout run, what's needed for this unique performer is a big new musical comedy.


AP
04/29/2010

Replacement/Transfer Info


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


American Airlines Theatre

(4/29/2010 - 7/11/2010)
Stage Manager: Francesca Russell.


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