Michael Rupert and Keith Byron Kirk to Reprise Elegies for Philly Audiences

News   Michael Rupert and Keith Byron Kirk to Reprise Elegies for Philly Audiences
 
The Philadelphia premiere of Elegies: A Song Cycle will feature two members of the original Off-Broadway cast, Keith Byron Kirk and Tony Award winner Michael Rupert.

Rupert and Kirk will join Sherri Edelen, Will Gartshore and Donna Migliaccio for the William Finn musical at the Plays & Players Theater. Presented by the Philadelphia Theatre Company, the revue will begin previews March 18 with an official opening scheduled for March 23. The limited engagement, directed by Joe Calarco, will run through April 17.

The creative team for Elegies comprises James Kronzer (sets), Chris Lee (lights), Anne Kennedy (costumes), Tony Angelini (sound) and Kimberly Grigsby (music director).

The musical song cycle, which celebrates life (and death) through the power of song, was originally presented at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in 2003. The company, under the direction of Graciela Daniele, featured Rupert, Kirk, Christian Borle, Betty Buckley and Carolee Carmello. Fynsworth Alley released the original cast recording, which features such Finn titles as "Looking Up Quintet," "Mister Choi & Madame G," "Mark's All-Male Thanksgiving," "Only One," "Joe Papp," "Peggy Hewitt & Mysty Del Giorno," "Passover," "Infinite Joy," "The Ballad of Jack Eric Williams (and Other 3 Named Composers)," "Monica & Mark," "Anytime (I Am There)," "My Dogs," "14 Dwight Ave., Natick, Massachusetts," "When the Earth Stopped Turning," "Goodbye" and "Looking Up."

Michael Rupert won a Tony and Drama Desk Award for his work in the revival of Sweet Charity. He also received a Tony nomination for his work in William Finn's Falsettos, and his other Broadway credits include Ragtime, City of Angels, Mail, Shakespeare's Cabaret and Pippin. Keith Byron Kirk has appeared on Broadway in Miss Saigon, The Civil War and The Piano Lesson as well as in the limited engagement of Alan Menken's concert King David.

Tickets, priced $30-$45, are available by calling (215) 985-0420 or (866) 985-0420. The Plays & Players Theater is located at 1714 Delancey Street. Visit www.phillytheatreco.com for more information.

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