Cast Announced for Rare NYC Production of Stephen Flaherty-Lynn Ahrens Musical A Man of No Importance

News   Cast Announced for Rare NYC Production of Stephen Flaherty-Lynn Ahrens Musical A Man of No Importance
 
NYU Steinhardt’s Program in Vocal Performance will present the rarely produced Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens musical A Man of No Importance in February.

Performances are scheduled for Feb. 5–7 at 8 PM, Feb. 7–8 at 3 PM and Feb. 9 at 8 PM at the Frederick Loewe Theatre (35 West 4th Street).

Featuring direction by John Simpkins, music direction by James Cunningham and choreography by Jennifer Werner, the cast will include NYU Steinhardt students Steph Bacon, Ben Bartels, Ross Brown, Nick Case, Donald Coggin, Dan Corica, John Fitzpatrick, Dylan Landau, Alyssa LeClair, Delaney Parker, AnnMarie Powers, Maureen Regan, Matt Ross, Wayne Shuker and Kaylee Verble.

A Man of No Importance has a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.

The musical was developed from the 1994 film of the same name and "tells the story of Alfie Byrne, a bus driver in 1964 Dublin who recites poetry to his passengers," according to press notes. "He is also the director of the community theatre, which rehearses and performs in the neighborhood church social hall. Alfie’s passengers are also his actors: amateurs who come to see the magic and power of theatre. Alfie’s heart, however, holds secrets he can't share with anyone but an imagined Oscar Wilde. When he attempts to put on a production of Salome in the social hall, he is forced to deal with bigotry and shame over a love 'that dare not speak its name.'"

The musical premiered at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in 2002, with a cast that featured Roger Rees as Alfie Byrne and included Faith Prince and Steven Pasquale. The upcoming production will also have scenic design by Josh Smith, lighting design by Chris Dallos, costume design by Michelle Eden Humphrey and sound design by Craig Kaufman. The production stage manager is E Sara Barnes and dialect coach is Evan Mueller.

Tickets are $20 general admission and $5 for students and seniors. The performance on Feb. 9 is a special “Industry” performance, where attendees presenting a union card (AEA, SDC, USA, SAG) will be admitted free. For tickets, contact NYU Box Office at tickets.nyu.edu, call the box office at (212) 998-4941, or visit in person at 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South).

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