Off-Broadway Cast Complete for Claudia Shear's Restoration at NYTW

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Tina Benko, Alan Mandell, Danny Mastrogiorgio and Natalija Nogulich will join playwright-performer Claudia Shear in the New York Theatre Workshop Off-Broadway run of her Restoration.
Tina Benko
Tina Benko

Christopher Ashley, who staged the world premiere of the new work at La Jolla Playhouse, now stages the work for its New York debut. Previews begin April 30 towards a May 19 opening night. The show will run through June 13 at the company's downtown home.

In Restoration, Shear plays "Giulia, a down-on-her-luck art restorer from Brooklyn who receives what could possibly be a career-reviving job of 'refreshing' Michelangelo’s David in time for its quincentennial celebration in Florence," as show notes read.

Mandell (The Beard of Avon) and Nogulich (The Iceman Cometh) reprise their turns from the La Jolla run. Benko (Irena's Vow) and Mastrogiorgio (Contact) join the team.

Shear (Dirty Blonde) reteams on this production with director Ashley (Xanadu), who helmed her OBIE Award-winning Blown Sideways Through Life at NYTW.

The design team for Restoration includes Scott Pask (set), David C. Woolard (costumes), David Lander (lighting), Dan Moses Schreier (sound), Kristin Ellert (video) and Mark Adam Rampmeyer (wig). The production stage manager is James FitzSimmons.

Shear earned a Tony Award nomination for Dirty Blonde. Other credits include The Smell of the Kill (also directed by Ashley), Who’s The Daddy?, End of the Day and roles in the films "Living Out Loud," "It Could Happen To You" and a guest spot on "Friends."

NYTW will next present a new musical by "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone with Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez (August-September) — no details about the production have yet been revealed. The company will then present Elizabeth Marvel in an Ivo van Hove staging of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes (September-October).

Tickets to Restoration at NYTW, 79 East Fourth Street, are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information visit nytw.org.

Claudia Shear, Kate Shindle, Natalija Nogulich and Alan Mandell
Claudia Shear, Kate Shindle, Natalija Nogulich and Alan Mandell Photo by Craig Schwartz
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