Production sources report that phone sales for the Jeffrey Finn production of Game Show, originally scheduled to begin on Mon., Sept. 11, have been postponed and will be available through TicketMaster starting Mon., Sept. 18.
As reported earlier, Jeffrey Finn's world premiere Off-Broadway production of the interactive comedy, Game Show, will star two time Tony nominee Joel Blum (Showboat, Steel Pier), Jeb Brown ("Star Trek," "All My Children"), Jeremy Ellison-Gladstone ( The Fantasticks), Dana Lynn Mauro (Steel Pier, A Christmas Carol), Cheryl Stern, Brandon Williams (national tour of Blood Brothers) and Michael McGrath (Little Me, Swinging on a Star). McGrath, late of "The Martin Short Show," will star as the Game Show host, "Troy Richards."
Game Show begins previews Oct. 10 and opens Oct. 25. Written by Jeffrey Finn and Bob Walton, the show is helmed by Mark Waldrop. Waldrop wrote and directed Bette Midler’s recent "Millennium Tour" and is a two time Drama Desk nominee for Best Director and Best Lyricist for Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly.
The creative team for Game Show features set designer James Youmans (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Jeffrey), costume designer Theresa Squire (New York Theatre Workshop, La MaMa) and 1986 Obie Award-winning lighting designer Jeffrey S. Koger.
According to production notes, Game Show "places the theatre audience in the role of the TV studio audience, in which members are picked as the contestants to play the trivia-based game and win actual prizes." A private workshop for Game Show, held at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts on March 16-17 featured Jeb Brown, stand up comedian Jeremy Ellison-Gladstone, Dana Lynn Mauro, Casey Nicholaw, Patrick Quinn and Lynne Wintersteller (I Sent a Letter To My Love).
Game Show's environmental set will turn 45 Bleeker into "the television studio of the fictional game show, including operational television cameras mounted on either side of the audience with screens for 'broadcast.'" The workshop audience will experience "candid dramatic action" involving the studio and game show personnel as they comport themselves on stage during the simulated commercials. Production notes indicate the audience will see "all the back-stabbing, backstage antics" that go on during typical commercial breaks.
Jeffrey Finn Productions (JFP) credits include the recent national tours of The Who’s Tommy, Stephen Sondheim’s Company, Chess, Diahann Carroll in Almost Like Being in Love, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. in Hit Me With a Hot Note!, Melba Moore in A Swell Party, Carol Lawrence in Puttin’ on the Ritz and Mimi Hines in This Funny World.
Bob Walton (co-author) and his brother, Jim Walton, received the 1997 Bistro Award for Best New Musical Comedy for writing and performing their show, "My Brother’s Keeper -- A Fraternally Wacky Revue." He was seen in the Broadway production of Once Upon a Mattress starring Sarah Jessica Parker, the Broadway company of Showboat, the Broadway and national companies of City of Angels as Jimmy Powers and in the starring role of the Off-Broadway musical Preppies.
All tickets are $49.50. During previews, tickets will be available at the reduced price of $35. When available, student rush tickets will be $15 in person at the box office, 30 minutes prior to performance. Beginning Mon., Sept. 18, tickets can be purchased by calling TicketMaster at (212) 307 4100. The current tenant at 45 Bleecker, And God Created Great Whales, is a limited run through Oct. 1.
-- By Murdoch McBride