Lyceum Theatre, (4/23/2015 - 6/14/2015)

First Preview: Mar 26, 2015
Opening Date: Apr 23, 2015
Closing Date: Jun 14, 2015
Total Previews: 32
Total Performances: 61

Category: Musical, Drama, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

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

Produced by Tom Kirdahy, Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Tom Smedes, Hugh Hayes, Peter Stern, Judith Ann Abrams, Rich Affannato, Hunter Arnold, Carl Daikeler, Ken Davenport, Bharat Mitra & Bhavani Lev, Peter May, Ted Snowdon, Bruno Wang Productions, Taylor Cleghorn, Sandi Moran, Mark Lee & Ed Filipowski, Blodgett Calvin Family, Gabrielle Palitz/Weatherby & Fishman LLC, Marguerite Hoffman/Jeremy Youett, Carlos Arana, Veenerick & Katherine Vos Van Liempt, 42nd.club/Silva Theatrical, Kate Cannova/Terry Loftis and The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President); Produced in association with The Williamstown Theatre Festival (Stephen M. Kaus, Producer; Jenny Gersten, Artistic Director Emeritus); Associate Producer: Marco Nieto and Invisible Wall PDS.

Presented in August 2014 by The Williamstown Theatre Festival (Stephen M. Kaus, Producer; Jenny Gersten, Artistic Director Emeritus); Originally produced in October 2001 at The Goodman Theatre (Robert Falls, Artistic Director); New production presented in May 2008 by The Signature Theatre (Eric Schaeffer, Artistic Director)

Book by Terrence McNally; Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb; Based on the play by Friedrich Duerrenmatt; Adapted by Maurice Valency; Music Direction, Vocal and Dance Arrangements: David Loud; Music orchestrated by Larry Hochman

Directed by John Doyle; Choreographed by Graciela Daniele; Associate Director: Adam John Hunter; Associate Choreographer: Maddie Kelly

Scenic Design by Scott Pask; Costume Design by Ann Hould-Ward; Lighting Design by Japhy Weideman; Sound Design by Dan Moses Schreier; Hair & Wig Design by Paul Huntley; Make-Up Design by J. Jared Janas; Associate Scenic Design: Jerome Martin; Associate Costume Design: Christopher Vergara; Associate Lighting Design: JAX Messenger; Associate Sound Design: Joshua D. Reid; Associate Hair and Wig Design: Giovanna Calabretta; Moving Light Programmer: Colin Scott

General Manager: Richards / Climan, Inc.; Company Manager: Bruce Klinger

Technical Supervisor: Hudson Theatrical Associates; Production Stage Manager: Lori M. Doyle; Stage Manager: Thomas J. Gates

Musical Coordinator: John Monaco; Associate Conductor/Piano/Celeste: Jesse Kissel; Violin: Paul Woodiel; Cello: Sarah Carter; Bass: Jim Donica; Flute/Alto Flute/Piccolo/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Alto Sax: Michael Migliori; Oboe/English Horn/Clarinet: Julie Ferrara; Guitar/Zither/Mandolin: Charles Rosen; Drums/Percussion: Bruce Doctor; Accordion: Charles Sauss; Music Copying: Kaye-Houston/Anne Kaye and Doug Houston

Dance Captain: Michelle Veintimilla; Casting: Calleri Casting; Press Representative: O&M Co.; Digital Advertising: Situation Interactive; Advertising & Marketing: Serino Coyne; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Chita RiveraClaire Zachannassian
Roger ReesAnton Schell
George Abud
Broadway debut
Karl Schell
Jason DanieleyFrederich Kuhn
Matthew DemingLouis Perch
Diana DiMarzioAnnie Dummermut
David GarrisonPeter Dummermut
Rick HolmesFather Josef
Tom NelisRudi
Chris NewcomerJacob Chicken
Mary Beth PeilMatilde Schell
Aaron RameyOtto Hahnke
John RiddleYoung Anton
Elena ShaddowOttilie Schell
Timothy ShewHans Nusselin
Michelle Veintimilla
Broadway debut
Young Claire

Standby: Donna McKechnie (Claire Zachannassian)

Understudies: Matt Dengler (Jacob Chicken, Karl Schell, Louis Perch, Young Anton), Diana DiMarzio (Matilde Schell), Ken Krugman (Father Josef, Hans Nusselin, Otto Hahnke, Peter Dummermut, Rudi), Emily Mechler (Annie Dummermut, Ottilie Schell, Young Claire), Tom Nelis (Anton Schell) and Aaron Ramey (Frederich Kuhn)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2015 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Tom Kirdahy, Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Tom Smedes, Hugh Hayes, Peter Stern, Judith Ann Abrams, Rich Affannato, Hunter Arnold, Carl Daikeler, Ken Davenport, Bharat Mitra & Bhavani Lev, Peter May, Ted Snowdon, Bruno Wang Productions, Taylor Cleghorn, Sandi Moran, Mark Lee & Ed Filipowski, Blodgett Calvin Family, Gabrielle Palitz/Weatherby & Fishman LLC, Marguerite Hoffman/Jeremy Youett, Carlos Arana, Veenerick & Katherine Vos Van Liempt, 42nd.club/Silva Theatrical, Kate Cannova/Terry Loftis and The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President); Produced in association with The Williamstown Theatre Festival (Stephen M. Kaus, Producer; Jenny Gersten, Artistic Director Emeritus)

 2015 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Terrence McNally

 2015 Best Original Score Written for the Theatre [nominee] 

Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb

 2015 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical [nominee] 

Chita Rivera

 2015 Best Lighting Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Japhy Weideman

Drama Desk Award

 2015 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Tom Kirdahy, Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Tom Smedes, Hugh Hayes, Peter Stern, Judith Ann Abrams, Rich Affannato, Hunter Arnold, Carl Daikeler, Ken Davenport, Bharat Mitra & Bhavani Lev, Peter May, Ted Snowdon, Bruno Wang Productions, Taylor Cleghorn, Sandi Moran, Mark Lee & Ed Filipowski, Blodgett Calvin Family, Gabrielle Palitz/Weatherby & Fishman LLC, Marguerite Hoffman/Jeremy Youett, Carlos Arana, Veenerick & Katherine Vos Van Liempt, 42nd.club/Silva Theatrical, Kate Cannova/Terry Loftis and The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President); Produced in association with The Williamstown Theatre Festival (Stephen M. Kaus, Producer; Jenny Gersten, Artistic Director Emeritus)

 2015 Outstanding Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Terrence McNally

 2015 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Chita Rivera

 2015 Outstanding Lyrics [nominee] 

Lyrics by Fred Ebb

 2015 Outstanding Music [nominee] 

Music by John Kander

 2015 Outstanding Set Design [nominee] 

Scott Pask

 2015 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee] 

John Doyle

Songs

music by John Kander; lyrics by Fred Ebb

Prelude
Out of the DarknessTownspeople
At LastClaire and Townspeople
I Walk AwayClaire, Louis Perch, Jacob Chicken and Rudi
I Know ClaireAnton
A Happy EndingMayor, Priest, Doctor, Police Chief, School Master and Townspeople
You, You, YouClaire, Anton, Young Claire and Young Anton
I Must Have Been SomethingAnton Schell
Look at MeClaire, Anton, Young Claire, Young Anton and All
A MasqueMayor and Townspeople
Eunuch's TestimonyJacob Chicken and Louis Perch
WinterClaire
Yellow ShoesDoctor and Townspeople
A ConfessionClaire and All
I Would Never Leave YouRudi, Louis Perch, Jacob Chicken and Claire
Back and ForthMatilde, Ottilie and Karl
The Only OneFrederich
FearAnton
A Car RideAnton, Matilde, Karl, Ottilie, Young Anton and Young Claire
Love and Love AloneClaire
In the Forest AgainAnton, Claire, Young Anton and Young Claire
FinaleTownspeople

Reviews


AP: "'The Visit' on Broadway Is Chillingly Good"

Trust a John Kander-Fred Ebb musical to make the sunny color of vitality and youth positively menacing.

In the dark, thrilling show, "The Visit," shoes, money and even tennis rackets turn yellow — a bad sign for one character whose life hangs in the balance.

In the works since 2001, "The Visit" opened Thursday at the Lyceum Theatre and is one of the last to open on Broadway this season. It seems like the adults have finally shown up.

The show stars Chita Rivera and Roger Rees, has a script by Terrence McNally, sets by Scott Pask, costumes by Ann Hould-Ward and is directed by John Doyle. All have Tonys and it shows.

The story, based on a 1956 Friedrich Durrenmatt play, centers on a billionaire, played by Rivera, who pays a visit to her hardship-stricken European birthplace. "I married very often and I widowed very well," she sings.

She has come for revenge. The billionaire offers the townsfolk a chance to be wealthy beyond their dreams if they agree to make her long-lost lover Anton suffer.

"There's going to be a happy ending," the townspeople sing. Don't count on it for everyone.

Soon, people start showing up with new shoes, expensive yellow ones. Anton — played sublimely by an anguished Rees — knows his friends and colleagues are planning for a windfall.

Kander has had to rewrite the music without lyricist Ebb, who died in 2004. His music is wonderfully complicated; some are fully fleshed out numbers and others seductive sketches that pull you in. He's added an Eastern European flavor, leaning on violins, an accordion and even a zither.

Pask's ruined set is like a gazebo in hell. Only glass shards have survived the neglect where the celling was and all the columns are choked by vines. It is lit by Japhy Weideman to be a cold and gloomy place. The yellow pops like gold.

Hould-Ward dresses the people of the town in shabby, dirty coats while Rivera arrives in pure white fur and satin and, of course, jewels. She has a surreal retinue of three men in tuxes and black hats who wear sunglasses, caked-on makeup and extravagant yellow shoes. They sing in falsettos and are utterly chilling.

McNally has cut down the musical to one act and the final version has two young actors playing the former lovers at age 17. Passionately choreographed by Graciela Daniele, the two (Michelle Veintimilla and John Riddle) sing and dance like ghosts amid the action.

Rivera is as elegantly regal, funny and sly as always. Her billionaire is haughty and irritable but there's simply no denying her. "I'm unkillable," the 82-year old icon says with a tiny, knowing smirk.

"The Visit" is sophisticated and beautiful and yet has that typical glorious chilling view of man that you expect from a Kander and Ebb show. It caps a season that already has had a revival of their "Cabaret" as well as their perennial hit "Chicago." It can visit anytime.


AP
04/23/2015

New York Daily News: "'The Visit' review: Chita Rivera stars in shoulda-been-better Kander and Ebb musical of revenge"

Revenge is a dish served tepid in “The Visit.”

The warmth hobbles this stark musical fable by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Terrence McNally. With this team, the show is certainly worthwhile. But it could really send shivers — and doesn’t. “The Visit” pulls its punches.

A star vehicle for the indomitable Chita Rivera, the show arrives on Broadway after 15 years of development. John Doyle (“Sweeney Todd”) directs this version from the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Graciela Daniele choreographs.

The basic plot of Friedrich Durrenmatt’s 1956 tragicomedy remains. Elderly billionaire Claire Zachanassian (Rivera) returns to her bankrupt hometown after decades to even the scales with Anton Schell (the fine Roger Rees), her ex-lover. Before things went wrong, Claire was his wildcat. Anton was her panther. Then he married another, more acceptable girl. Claire was roadkill.

Claire is trailed by a judge-turned-puppet (Tom Nelis), two blind eunuchs (Matthew Deming and Chris Newcomer) and, in McNally’s vision, ghosts of her and Anton in their young, sexy prime (Michelle Veintimilla and John Riddle). The specters often sit and twirl on a casket, which is part of the plan. Claire tells residents of the town that she will pad their purses and the community’s coffers if they kill Anton.

Kander and Ebb (the latter died in 2004) wrote in “Cabaret” that money makes the world go round. In Claire’s case, money tempts townspeople to sell their souls. Once Anton’s dead, Claire’s planning to take him home with her to the Mediterranean. The heart wants what the heart wants.

The score echoes earlier rhythms and melodies of Kander and Ebb and provides an evocative backdrop. Rivera’s husky voice and high-watt charisma go a long way here. And it would have worked even better if director John Doyle’s staging was less polite. Scott Pask’s skeletal set and Ann Hould-Ward’s raggedy clothes scream decay. But the performances don’t go there.

The show tells us that Claire has been made a monster by life. When the townspeople, played by Broadway vets including David Garrison, Jason Danieley and Mary Beth Peil, tell her they won’t buy into her deadly bargain, she replies, “I’ll wait.”

The line should send a chill. Here, it just tickles.

Wildcat? No. Claire and “The Visit” are too domesticated for their own good.


New York Daily News
04/23/2015

Replacement/Transfer Info


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


Lyceum Theatre

(4/23/2015 - 6/14/2015)

Cast

Ken Krugman
Rudi
Tom Nelis
During Roger Rees' hiatus
Anton Schell


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