Atlantic’s Laura Osnes and Lilli Cooper don’t just battle it out for Mackie eight times a week. Catch the backstage 3Penny drama in LUCY v. POLLY!
Atlantic Theater Company’s production of THE THREEPENNY OPERA runs March 12 – May 11th, 2014. For tickets and information, visit AtlanticTheater.org.
In their landmark musical The Threepenny Opera, authors Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht provide performers of both genders with a host of juicy roles. But it’s the female characters, namely Polly Peachum, Mrs. Peachum, Lucy Brown, and Jenny whom actresses can really sink their teeth into while plumbing great emotional depths. For her off-Broadway revival at the Atlantic Theater Company, director/choreographer Martha Clarke has cast four great actresses — Laura Osnes, Sally Murphy, Lilli Cooper, and Mary Beth Peil — in these storied roles. TheaterMania sat down with the quartet to discuss the enduring nature of a dark piece of theater that can somehow provide the most enjoyable experience.
Were you all familiar with The Threepenny Opera before you started?
Not having known the show going in, what were your reactions when you first heard it aloud?
Sally and Mary Beth, you both go back and forth between plays and musicals. Is there a form you prefer?
Laura, you’re making your off-Broadway debut with this show. Was that a conscious choice at this point in your career?
You all go to really dark places during the piece. Is that darkness easy or hard to turn off? How do you prepare?
What is your favorite part of the show to perform?
Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes, “Glee” star Jenna Ushkowitz and “Dexter” and “The Following” actor Sam Underwood are among the performers who will celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday in a concert version of the award-winning musical Like You Like It, based on As You Like It and set at a mall in the 1980s, April 23 at 54 Below.
The 9:30 PM concert — held in advance of the upcoming studio cast album of Like You Like It — will feature a selection of songs and cut songs from the show, written by composer Daniel S. Acquisto and book writer-lyricist Sammy Buck.
Performers include Nick Cearley (The Skivvies), Hannah Elless (The Other Josh Cohen), Ben Fankhauser (Newsies), Noah Galvin (Burnt Part Boys, Love and Information), Nathan Johnson (Like You Like It at The Gallery Players), Bonnie Milligan (Jasper in Deadland), Osnes (Cinderella, Three Penny Opera), Molly Ranson (Carrie, Bad Jews), Kate Rockwell (Rock of Ages), Nic Rouleau (The Book of Mormon), A.J. Shively (La Cage aux Folles), Dana Steingold (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee national tour), Underwood (“The Following,” “Homeland”) and Ushkowitz (“Glee,” Spring Awakening).
Rounding out the cast are Sam Heldt, Elisabeth Ness, CJ Pawlikowski, Taylor Rathus, Chandler Reeves, Aaron Riesebeck, Emily Rogers and Patrick Shelton. Additional performers will be announced at a later date.
According to press notes, “All the world’s a mall in Like You Like It, a totally awesome blend of As You Like It and the John Hughes movies of the 1980s. The winner of Best Musical at the 2009 NY Innovative Theatre Awards for the lauded Gallery Players production and a festival favorite in the very first NYMF, Like You Like It has been performed extensively in regional theaters, festivals, colleges and high schools and is soon to be published by Playscripts, Inc.”
Buck and Acquisto’s other works include StinkyKids The Musical, The Frog & The Witch and Matthew Takes Mannahatta (book by Aurin Squire) as well as the solo show …And Then I Wrote A Song About It (book by Eric H. Weinberger). Their other NYMF shows together are The 7-Year B*tch and Andy Warhol Was Right and apart are Acquisto’s Wild About Harry (book by Susan DiLallo) and Buck’s Common Grounds (music by Doug Katsaros).
54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. Tickets are $25-$35 plus a $25 food/drink minimum. For tickets, visit 54Below.com. For more information, visit LikeYouLikeIt.com.
The Atlantic Theater Company’s production of The Threepenny Opera, featuring Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham and Tony nominees Laura Osnes and Mary Beth Peil, has extended its run at the Linda Gross Theater through May 11.
The revival of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s musical, featuring an English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein, began performances March 12, prior to an official opening April 7. It was originally scheduled to run through May 4.
Directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke, the cast includes Abraham (Mauritius, Angels in America), Sophie Bortolussi (Sleep No More, The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable), Jon David Casey (“Numb3rs,” A Perfect Wedding), Timothy Doyle (Fortune’s Fool, Salomé), Lilli Cooper (Spring Awakening, Wicked), Rick Holmes (Peter and the Starcatcher, Spamalot), John Kelly (James Joyce’s The Dead, Dog Days), Lindsey Dietz Marchant (Then She Fell), Sally Murphy (August: Osage County, Fiddler on the Roof), Mary Beth Peil (Follies, The King and I), Osnes (Cinderella, Bonnie & Clyde), Emmy Award winner Michael Park (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, “As the World Turns”), Cristina Spina (Kaos, The Brothers Karamazov) and John Watkins (Sleep No More, “Son of a Hundred Maniacs”).
“Based on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, The Threepenny Opera follows the charismatic scoundrel Macheath (Park) and his criminal exploits in 19th century London,” press notes state. “When Macheath marries Polly Peachum (Osnes), the straight-laced daughter of powerful, miserly merchant JJ. Peachum (Abraham), their unlikely union unleashes the chaos of manhunts, bribes, and imprisonment. In this ‘opera for beggars,’ an assortment of salacious characters maneuver for advantage, revealing a profoundly corrupt society.”
The Threepenny Opera features scenic design by Robert Israel, costume design by Donna Zakowska, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Clive Goodwin, musical direction by Gary Fagin and animal training by William Berloni. Casting is by Tiffany Little Canfield, CSA, Telsey + Company.
Two seats to each performance of The Threepenny Opera are available for the price of three pennies a piece through the mobile app TodayTix.
Visit AtlanticTheater.org for more information.
The New York Philharmonic will return to Bravo! Vail in Colorado for the Orchestra’s 12th- annual summer residency there, performing six concerts July 18-25, 2014. Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct three programs, July 18-20, featuring works by composers for whom he has advocated during his tenure, ranging from Nielsen to The Marie-Jose?e Kravis Composer-in- Residence Christopher Rouse. The other Philharmonic concerts will be conducted by Bramwell Tovey (July 23 and 25) and Ted Sperling (July 24), and will feature works by Copland, Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Loesser, among others. During this summer’s residency, the Orchestra will perform with artists sharing close ties to the Philharmonic as well as a musician performing with the Philharmonic for the first time: violinist Midori; pianists Yefim Bronfman, the Philharmonic’s Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence for the 2013-14 season, and Joyce Yang; Philharmonic Principal Oboe Liang Wang and Associate Principal Clarinet Mark Nuccio; and vocalists Victoria Clark, Laura Osnes, and Santino Fontana, the last of whom is marking his New York Philharmonic debut. The New York Philharmonic has performed at Bravo! Vail each summer since 2003.
Music Director Alan Gilbert will launch the Philharmonic’s 2014 residency with an opening night concert on Friday, July 18, featuring Nielsen’s Helios Overture; Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, with Midori as soloist; selections from Grieg’s Peer Gynt; and Liszt’s Les Pre?ludes. On Saturday, July 19, he will lead an all-Beethoven program: Fidelio Overture and Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 5, Emperor, featuring Yefim Bronfman as soloist. Alan Gilbert will also conduct the program on Sunday, July 20, featuring R. Strauss’s Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks; Christopher Rouse’s Oboe Concerto, with Liang Wang as soloist; and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Overture-Fantasy.
Bramwell Tovey will return for his 11th summer with the New York Philharmonic at Vail to conduct two programs. The first, Wednesday, July 23, will feature Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man; Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band” from Strike Up the Band; Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, with Mark Nuccio as soloist; and Grofe?’s Grand Canyon Suite. He will also conduct the residency’s final program, on Friday, July 25, featuring Shostakovich’s Festive Overture; Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with Joyce Yang as soloist; Musorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain; Rachmaninoff’s arrangement of his own Vocalise; and Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker, and Marche slave.
Ted Sperling will conduct Broadway Night with the Philharmonic: The Music of Frank Loesser, Thursday, July 24. The program will feature vocalists Victoria Clark, Laura Osnes, and Santino Fontana performing songs from Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Most Happy Fella, Where’s Charley?, and Hans Christian Andersen.
Bravo! Vail was founded by John Giovando and violinist Ida Kavafian. Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott became artistic director in 2011, and James W. Palermo is now the president of the festival. All of the New York Philharmonic’s concerts will be performed in the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and will start at 6:00 p.m.
Music Conservatory of Westchester will take you from the greens and the courts to The Great White Way on Monday, June 23rd for its 13th Annual Golf and Tennis Classic at Whippoorwill Club in Armonk.
Following a day of fun competition, the not-for-profit community music school will hold a Broadway-themed awards dinner honoring iconic performer Barbara Cook and acclaimed conductor John Mauceri with lifetime achievement awards.
Stars from the stage will pay tribute to both honorees with a Broadway Revue starring Tony Award winners Cady Huffman (The Producers) and Alice Ripley (Next to Normal) along with Tony nominee Laura Osnes (Cinderella).
Craig Schulman, who has played both Jean Val Jean in Les Miserables and the title role in Phantom of the Opera will also perform, while Broadway veteran and lifelong Westchester resident John Treacy Egan emcees.
The event officially launches the Conservatory’s 85th anniversary. A gala event is planned for November at Pepe Infiniti in White Plains.
For information on sponsorship, reserving a foursome, and/or tickets to the Dinner/Broadway Revue, contact email@example.com or visit www.mcwevents.org.