Finn's Elegies Sings Again at LCT, April 14-19

News   Finn's Elegies Sings Again at LCT, April 14-19 Elegies, the Off-Broadway William Finn revue that won a clutch of admiring reviews over the past week, will return to Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater for a brief encore, April 14-19.
Michael Rupert and Betty Buckley in Elegies.
Michael Rupert and Betty Buckley in Elegies. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

The new dates constitute seven performances in all (Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM with one Saturday matinee)—nearly as many shows as the original run of nine presentations. Elegies played only Sundays and Mondays, March 2-30, at the Newhouse, performing on the set of Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme during that show's dark nights. It did not open for review until March 24.

Ulster ends its run on April 13, thus freeing up the space.

Tickets, which are $40, are now on sale for the extension at (212) 239 6200 to visit online at http://www.lct.org.

The cast remains the same: Christian Borle, Betty Buckley, Carolee Carmello, Michael Rupert and Keith Byron Kirk.

Graciela Daniele is the director, with musical direction by Vadim Feichtner and vocal arrangements by Gihieh Lee. The tunes sung by the cast varied at early performances of the piece, but the songlist has since settled down to a set order. Among the quirky titles are "Mister Choi & Madame G," "Mark's All-Male Thanksgiving," "Joe Papp," "The Ballad of Jack Eric Williams (and other 3-named composers)" and "My Dogs." Many took as their subject people Finn had personally known but who had since passed away. Despite the heavy subject matter, many critics described the evening as bouyant and uplifting.

Finn is best known for two musicals: Falsettos, which ran on Broadway, and A New Brain, which played the Newhouse in 1998. Falsettos, an amalgamation of the musicals, March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, starred Carmello in its Broadway incarnation. Since then, the actress has appeared in A Class Act and Parade.

Finn's latest project was Infinite Joy, a cabaret retrospective of his work which played at Joe's Pub and starred himself and a variety of performers. Also on Finn's shelf is a musical version of The Royal Family.