Cuccioli, Crampton, Tolivar and Blackman Begin Nine in Westchester

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Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit's Tony Award-winning musical Nine, starring Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli and Glory Crampton, begins performances at the Westchester Broadway Theatre Feb. 18.

Jonathan Stahl directs and choreographs the musical inspired by the Fellini film "8 ½." It will officially open Feb. 25 and run through April 24.

Tony nominee Cuccioli and Crampton, who originally co-starred Yeston and Kopit's Phantom, portray filmmaker Guido Contini and his wife, Luisa, respectively.

The cast also features Julie Tolivar (Giant, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Carla, Lauren Blackman (Phantom) as Claudia, Dana Moore as Liliane LaFleur, Emily Zacharias (Inventing Avi, Jekyll & Hyde) as Guido's mother, Cari Chrisastomou as Sarraghina, Erin O'Neil as Stephanie Necrophorus and Jesmille Darbouze as Our Lady of the Spa.

The Nine ensemble includes Lanene Charters, Crystal Kellogg, Leah Landau, Natalie Newman, Terry Palasz, Amanda Pulcini, Terry Rakov, Shannon Lea Smith, Haley Swindal, Karen Webb, Zach Rand, Travis Ramirez, Adrian Nobile, Troy Tripicchio, Ryan Jones, John Carlos Lefkowitz.

The production has musical direction by Sue Anderson, as well as designs by Michael Bottari and Ronald Case (scenic and costume design), Andrew Gmoser (lighting design) and Jon Hatton (sound design). Based on the semi-autobiographical Fellini film "8 ½," Nine premiered on Broadway in 1982, starring Raul Julia, Anita Morris and Karen Akers. The Tommy Tune-directed production won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In 2003, Broadway saw a revival boasting an all-star cast including Antonio Banderas, Chita Rivera, Jane Krakowski and Mary Stuart Masterson. Directed by David Leveaux and reset in the early 1960s, the revival won two Tonys, including Best Revival.

The recent film adaptation starred Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Judi Dench and Fergie.

For tickets call (914) 592-2222 or visit BroadwayTheatre.

Robert Cuccioli (right) and the women of Westchester Broadway Theatre's <i>Nine</i>
Robert Cuccioli (right) and the women of Westchester Broadway Theatre's Nine
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