Studio 54, (5/28/2015 - 8/02/2015)

First Preview: May 07, 2015
Opening Date: May 28, 2015
Closing Date: Aug 02, 2015
Total Previews: 24
Total Performances: 76

Category: Play, Comedy, 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; Sydney Beers, General Manager)

Produced by Jeffrey Finn, The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President), Carl Moellenberg, Arielle Tepper Madover, Stacey Mindich, Bob Boyett, FG Productions, John Frost, Corinne Hayoun, Jamie Kaye-Phillips, Scott Landis, Larry Magid, Stephanie P. McClelland, David Mirvish and Daryl Roth

Written by David Javerbaum; Based on the memoir by GOD and David Javerbaum; Music by Adam Schlesinger; Lyrics by David Javerbaum

Directed by Joe Mantello; Associate Director: Lisa Leguillou

Scenic Design by Scott Pask; Costume Design by David Zinn; Lighting Design by Hugh Vanstone; Sound Design by Fitz Patton; Projection Design by Peter Nigrini; Hair Design by Delilah; Associate Scenic Design: Frank McCullough and Jeffrey Hinchee; Associate Costume Design: Sarah Laux; Associate Lighting Design: Craig Stelzenmuller; Associate Projections Designer: Christopher Ash; Moving Light Programmer: Asher Robinson

Executive Producer: 101 Productions, Ltd.; Company Manager: Roseanna Sharrow

Technical Supervisor: Steve Beers; Production Stage Manager: Arthur Gaffin; Stage Manager: Lee Micklin

Illusion Consultant: Paul Kieve; Special Effects by Gregory Meeh; Assistant Special Effects: Megan Lang

Casting: Caparelliotis Casting; Press Representative: Polk & Co.; Advertising: Serino Coyne; Marketing: Serino Coyne; Digital: Serino Coyne, Jim Glaub, Erin Daigle, Patrick Mediate, Ryun Hobbs, Alex Diaz and Elena Barrio; Fight Captain: Cain; Animal Trainer: Noah; Photographer: Jeremy Daniel Photography

Opening Night Cast

Jim ParsonsGod
Christopher FitzgeraldMichael
Tim KazurinskyGabriel

Standby: David Josefsberg

Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Award

 2016 Outstanding Sound Design in a Play [nominee] 

Sound Design by Fitz Patton

Songs



I Have Faith in You
(music by Adam Schlesinger; lyrics by David Javerbaum )

Reviews


AP: "Jim Parsons Can't Save Mindless 'An Act of God'"

Latecomers, be warned: Miss the start of the new show at the Studio 54 theater this summer and you will be heckled by no less than God Almighty.

"How ya doin'? I am the Lord thy God, King of the Universe, but I'll wait. You good?" the Divine — played by Jim Parsons — says to sheepish stragglers from the stage.

Unfortunately, it's one of the few moments in an "An Act of God" that is genuinely funny. Summer on Broadway is when the weakest of authors somehow find a home. This year, it's apparently God.

The play, with one strange song at the end, is a chance for the Almighty to set the record straight — like that he doesn't hate gays and he can't help anyone sing better — and update his 10 Commandments.

"The reason masturbation is a sin is not that it's intrinsically evil. It's that every time you do it, I have to watch," God says at one point. At another: "Do you remember the Irish potato famine? It killed over a million people in the 19th century. Do you know why I sent that? I wasn't mad at the Irish. I was mad at the potatoes."

It was written by David Javerbaum, the former head writer and executive producer of "The Daily Show" and a producer of "The Late Late Show with James Corden." He's also the power behind the Twitter handle @TheTweetofGod.

Javerbaum is obviously pretty good at droll, bite-sized humor. No so much with a 90-minute play. This one seems more like a lounge act cooked up by someone who thinks his Facebook updates are totally hilarious. Javerbaum has based his play on his book "The Last Testament: A Memoir by God." No one tried to stop him. Where is God when you need Him?

Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" star, is game playing a sort of overworked divine bystander with anger management issues, forever exasperated at humans and their endless stupidity. He's aided by two angels played by Christopher Fitzgerald and Tim Kazurinsky. The whole thing is directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, who has apparently taken his summer vacation early.

The usual tired selection of celebs that get roasted on late night TV get goofed-on here, including Shia LaBeouf, Kanye West, Sarah Palin, Adam Sandler and Bruce Jenner ("The first Kardashian woman I can actually tolerate," God says.)

One bright spot is Fitzgerald as the Angel Gabriel, who peppers God with questions about heavenly inconsistencies and the nature of evil. Their tension is really the only thing that keeps this lame thing even slightly going. It truly needs divine intervention.


AP
05/28/2015

New York Daily News: "'An Act of God' review: Jim Parsons divine as the Man Upstairs"

Put Jim Parsons behind the wheel of a Broadway star vehicle, and he’ll drive like it’s a Rolls-Royce.

Even if it’s really a Ford Fusion Hybrid.

So it is with the “An Act of God,” a new mixed-bag comedy about the Man Upstairs in which He cops to having “wrath-management issues.”

The play by David Javerbaum has laugh-management issues. Some of it is divinely, if blasphemously, inspired. Some is sorta tired.

Unevenness isn’t next to godliness. But Parsons is an ace comic act. He does deadpan and flashes the stink eye like nobody’s business, so the show is fun and entertaining.

The setup is simple. The Creator has inhabited Parsons’ body and plopped himself down on a long, white sofa for a 90-minute couch confessional. As directed by Joe Mantello, Parsons fidgets as if he’s uncomfortable contained in human form.

Being almighty, the Lord gets the irony of being in Studio 54. The disco-turned-theater has been home to demented debauchery. As for His earthly host, Parsons stars in “The Big Bang Theory,” which is all about science, not divinity.

On a sleek set conjuring a stairway to heaven bathed in soft pastels, God vents about misinterpretations and irritations. Like the Kardashians, Kanye, Ted Cruz and more.

He’s really here to lay down commandments for 2015, including “Thou shalt not seek a personal relationship with Me.” He repeats the oldie but goodie “Thou shalt not take My name in vain.” Here’s why: “It cheapens the brand,” he says. And if you plan to pray to Him to win a contest, don’t bother. He doesn’t care who wins.

The Lord has two angelic wingmen with him. Gabriel (Tim Kazurinsky) is easygoing and reads from an original Gutenberg Bible. Michael (Christopher Fitzgerald), meanwhile, is an upstart. He pays dearly when he annoys God by asking vexing questions. Like, Do you answer prayers? All hell breaks loose and feathers fly when he won’t drop it.

Javerbaum has won 13 Emmys as head writer for “The Daily Show” and can bring the funny. This show is adapted from his book “The Last Testament: A Memoir by God,” and his cheeky Twitter account, @TheTweetOfGod. Jokes are hit and miss. Picking off Red State idols like Sarah Palin is easy and old — B.C., even. Dissing Florida? Heard it before. Even told from God’s point of the view, the bit about Noah and the ark drones on far too long.

The best material is out of left field and edgy. Like when God says that “Jesus was a middle child, and acted like it. He is the second of My three children: Zach, Jesus, and Kathy.” Nobody saw that coming. But it lifted the show to cloud nine.


New York Daily News
05/28/2015

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