John Golden Theatre, (3/14/2013 - 8/25/2013)

First Preview: Mar 05, 2013
Opening Date: Mar 14, 2013
Closing Date: Aug 25, 2013
Total Previews: 11
Total Performances: 189

Category: Play, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: The present, in a lovely farmhouse in Bucks County.

Opening Night Production Staff

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

Produced by Joey Parnes, Larry Hirschhorn, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Martin Platt & David Elliott, Pat Flicker Addiss, Catherine Adler, John O'Boyle, Joshua Goodman, Jamie deRoy/Richard Winkler, Cricket Hooper Jiranek/Michael Palitz, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Radio Mouse Entertainment, ShadowCatcher Entertainment, Mary Cossette/Barbara Manocherian, Megan Savage/Meredith Lynsey Schade, Hugh Hysell/Richard Jordan, Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Ron Simons, S.D. Wagner and John Johnson; Produced in association with McCarter Theatre Center (Emily Mann, Artistic Director; Timothy Shields, Managing Director; Mara Isaacs, Producing Director) and Lincoln Center Theater (André Bishop: Artistic Director; Bernard Gersten: Executive Producer)

Originally commissioned and produced by McCarter Theatre Center (Emily Mann, Artistic Director; Timothy Shields, Managing Director; Mara Isaacs, Producing Director); Produced in 2012 by Lincoln Center Theater (André Bishop: Artistic Director; Bernard Gersten: Executive Producer)

Written by Christopher Durang; Original Music by Mark Bennett

Directed by Nicholas Martin; Assistant Director: Bryan Hunt

Scenic Design by David Korins; Costume Design by Emily Rebholz; Lighting Design by Justin Townsend; Sound Design by Mark Bennett; Wig Design by Leah J. Loukas; Associate Scenic Design: Rod Lemmond; Associate Lighting Design: Chris Thielking; Associate Sound Design: Josh Liebert and Charles Coes; Assistant Costume Design: Ren Ladassor

General Manager: Joey Parnes Productions; Company Manager: Kit Ingui

Production Stage Manager: Denise Yaney; Stage Manager: M. A. Howard

LCT Director of Casting: Daniel Swee; Press Representative: O&M Co.; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Marketing: SPOTCo, Inc.; Interactive Marketing: SPOTCo, Inc.; Photographer: Carol Rosegg; Video Services: Fresh Produce Productions; Videographer: Frank Basile

Opening Night Cast

David Hyde PierceVanya
Sigourney WeaverMasha
(Mar 05, 2013 - Jul 28, 2013)
Billy MagnussenSpike
(Mar 05, 2013 - Aug 04, 2013)
Kristine NielsenSonia
Genevieve AngelsonNina
Shalita GrantCassandra

Understudies: Creed Garnick (Spike), Linda Marie Larson (Masha, Sonia), Heather Alicia Simms (Cassandra) and Liesel Allen Yeager (Nina)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 2013 Best Play [winner] 

Written by Christopher Durang; Produced by Joey Parnes, Larry Hirschhorn, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Martin Platt & David Elliott, Pat Flicker Addiss, Catherine Adler, John O'Boyle, Joshua Goodman, Jamie deRoy/Richard Winkler, Cricket Hooper Jiranek/Michael Palitz, ShadowCatcher Entertainment, Mary Cossette/Barbara Manocherian, Megan Savage/Meredith Lynsey Schade, Hugh Hysell/Richard Jordan, Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Ron Simons, S.D. Wagner, John Johnson, Radio Mouse Entertainment and Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub; Produced in association with McCarter Theatre Center (Emily Mann, Artistic Director; Timothy Shields, Managing Director; Mara Isaacs, Producing Director) and Lincoln Center Theater (André Bishop: Artistic Director; Bernard Gersten: Executive Producer)

 2013 Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play [nominee] 

David Hyde Pierce

 2013 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play [nominee] 

Kristine Nielsen

 2013 Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play [nominee] 

Billy Magnussen

 2013 Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play [nominee] 

Shalita Grant

 2013 Best Direction of a Play [nominee] 

Nicholas Martin

Drama Desk Award

winner 2013 Outstanding Play [winner] 

Written by Christopher Durang; Produced by Joey Parnes, Larry Hirschhorn, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Martin Platt & David Elliott, Pat Flicker Addiss, Catherine Adler, John O'Boyle, Joshua Goodman, Jamie deRoy/Richard Winkler, Cricket Hooper Jiranek/Michael Palitz, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Radio Mouse Entertainment, ShadowCatcher Entertainment, Mary Cossette/Barbara Manocherian, Megan Savage/Meredith Lynsey Schade, Hugh Hysell/Richard Jordan, Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Ron Simons, S.D. Wagner and John Johnson; Produced in association with McCarter Theatre Center (Emily Mann, Artistic Director; Timothy Shields, Managing Director; Mara Isaacs, Producing Director) and Lincoln Center Theater (André Bishop: Artistic Director; Bernard Gersten: Executive Producer)

Theatre World

winner 2013 Award [recipient] 

Shalita Grant

Reviews


AP: "Christopher Durang's 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' is a zany joy"

In most theaters, the sight of someone pulling out a cellphone and texting during a performance is very much frowned upon. In the world of Christopher Durang, the guy texting is actually onstage interrupting a play he’s watching.

That’s typical of the things flipped around in the playwright’s utterly refreshing farce “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” which happily has made the leap from off-Broadway to open Thursday at the Golden Theatre.

It’s a sweet, witty play with a huge pop culture appetite. Durang flings all kinds of references into his word processor: Angelina Jolie, Snow White, Maggie Smith, global warming, Norma Desmond, William Penn, “Peter Pan,” the HBO show “Entourage,” Lindsay Lohan, ancient Greek drama, voodoo and, as the title suggests, a big dollop of Anton Chekhov.

It centers on three middle-aged siblings named after Chekhov characters who are uneasily negotiating with age. Two of them — Vanya, a perfectly laconic David Hyde Pierce, and Sonia, a sweetly sensitive Kristine Nielsen — have been sitting around their Pennsylvania home and bickering for years ever since their parents died.

The sibling who escaped, Masha, has become an insufferable movie star and has returned to sell the house, leaving her sister and brother with the prospect of being homeless and penniless. Sigourney Weaver, a longtime collaborator with Durang, plays Masha with flamboyant overacting. She’s clearly having a ball; the whole cast is.

Rounding up the cast is Masha’s boy-toy Spike (a splendidly buoyant Billy Magnussen), a housekeeper convinced she can see the future (a very game Shalita Grant) and an ethereal neighbor (the fairy-ish Genevieve Angelson).

Director Nicholas Martin thankfully doesn’t rush things, allowing the actors the freedom to extend a scene just a little further with merely a look. The company also seems to have added their own little physical jokes to Durang’s script, such as some recurring hair-mussing and flirtatious touching.

It helps if you know something about Chekhov — when Sonya wails “I am a wild turkey,” it’s more fun if you know that’s a riff on his “Seagull” — but Durang’s genius is the ability to write highbrow and low at the same time.

Masha’s arrival unsettles the stifling life of Vanya and Sonia. Vanya shakes off his complacency by dusting off a play he’s written and gets everyone to perform it — Spike cloddishly interrupts the show with his cellphone — and Sonia snaps out of her ennui by putting herself out there at a fancy party.

Durang has given Pierce a simply lovely rant about how great growing up in the 1950s was — “We licked postage stamps, and we sent letters!” — and Nielsen has a touching phone call — we only hear her side — from a potential suitor that becomes a touching aria about hope and fear and love.

It’s all a bit silly, a tad daffy and very, very sweet. Thankfully, for a show that both lampoons and honors Chekhov’s themes, it doesn’t end with the sadness that usually dominates that revered playwright’s work. In fact, you can hear the Beatles sing “Here Comes the Sun.”


AP
03/14/2013

Replacement/Transfer Info


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


John Golden Theatre

(3/14/2013 - 8/25/2013)

Cast

Creed Garnick
Spike (Aug 6, 2013 - Aug 25, 2013)
Julie White
Masha (Jul 30, 2013 - Aug 25, 2013)
Liesel Allen Yeager
Nina

Understudies: Walter Belenky (Spike), Amelia McClain (Nina), Keith Reddin (Vanya).


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