Daniel Stern's comic play, Barbra's Wedding, about the frazzled nerves of the neighbors of Barbra Streisand around the time of the star's famous recent wedding, makes its New York debut Feb. 11, 2003, at Off Broadway's Westside Theatre.
The two-character play had its world premiere May 31 June 30, 2002, by the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and was directed by David Warren (Hobson's Choice, The Dazzle), who'll helm in New York, as well. No casting has been announced. John Pankow and Julie White played a married couple on the edge in the Philly run.
The New York production is produced by Dodger Stage Holding & Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC offers the play to its subscribers as part of the 2002-03 season). Barbra's Wedding settles into the longtime home of The Vagina Monologues, which closes Jan. 5, 2003. Opening night for Barbra's Wedding is March 5.
Playwright Stern is best known as a film actor who appeared in the Academy Award-winning Breaking Away and Diner, Home Alone and City Slickers. This is his playwriting debut.
In Barbara's Wedding, according to the announcement, "Celebrity-obsessed unemployed actor and former television star Jerry Schiff lives next door to the most famous woman in the world, Barbra Streisand; she is getting married and he has not been invited. On the day of the media-circus wedding, Jerry finds that the beginning of Barbra's marriage may mark the end of his own." The Westside Theatre is at 407 W. 43rd Street, between Ninth and Tenth Avenues. All tickets are $60 and will be available in January by calling Tele-charge at (212) 239-6200.
Philadelphia Theatre Company, now in its 27th season, is Philadelphia's only non-profit professional theatre dedicated to producing regional and world premieres of works by contemporary American playwrights. Sara Garonzik is artistic director.