Frank Wood, Melissa Leo and Zachary Quinto Read Side Man Off-Broadway Oct. 24

News   Frank Wood, Melissa Leo and Zachary Quinto Read Side Man Off-Broadway Oct. 24 A starry benefit reading of Warren Leight's Tony Award-winning drama Side Man, featuring original Tony-winning actor Frank Wood and Academy Award winner Melissa Leo, is presented Oct. 24 at the Vineyard Theatre Off-Broadway.

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The benefit presentation was originally supposed to be held Aug. 28 in East Hampton, NY, but was cancelled due to Hurricane Irene.

Wood, reprises his role as Gene, with Zachary Quinto (Angels in America) as his son Clifford, Leo ("The Fighter") as Terry, as well as original Broadway cast members Jeff Binder as Al, Kevin Geer as Jonesy, Michael Mastro as Ziggy and Angelica Torn as Patsy.

Cast member Mastro directs the 7 PM reading. Tony Award-nominated playwright and former Naked Angels artistic director Geoffrey Nauffts was originally announced to direct the Aug. 28 presentation. Nauffts ("Brothers & Sisters") is currently in rehearsals for the Geffen Playhouse production of his play Next Fall, in which he will also star. He has since revised the work since its 2010 Broadway debut.

Side Man is described as "a tender and poignant memory play about a jazz musician struggling to save both his fading career and troubled home life during the dawn of rock 'n' roll in America."

Michael Mayer directed the 1998 Off-Off-Broadway production of Side Man, which later transferred to Broadway and earned the Tony Award for Best Play. The play was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Wood earned a Tony Award for his Broadway debut in the play.

Tickets, which include a post-performance reception with the cast, are priced $100. Phone (212) 343-7394 or visit www.NakedAngels.com/SideMan. The Vineyard Theatre is located at 108 East 15th Street.

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