Rob Ruggiero, who staged the play's engagements at three regional theatres in 2009-10, again directs, this time at the intimate Booth Theatre. Turner (Broadway's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Indiscretions, The Graduate and Hollywood's "Body Heat" and "Romancing the Stone") played Sister Jamison Connelly in Hartford, Cincinnati and St. Louis opposite young Philadelphia actor Evan Jonigkeit as Cody, a crystal methamphetamine addict. Tony nominee Stephen Kunken (2010's Enron) is new to the production as Father Michael Delpapp, who brings Cody into the faith-based rehabilitation center.
Here is a first look at the show:
High, Starring Kathleen Turner, on Broadway
Opening night is April 19. Ruggiero directed the Broadway production of Lombardo's Looped (about actress Tallulah Bankhead late in her career), plus the regional hit Ella. Lombardo also penned the Off-Broadway play Tea at Five, about a stalled but eager Katharine Hepburn. Here's how High is characterized: "High explores the universal themes of truth, forgiveness, redemption and human fallibility. When Sister Jamison Connelly (Turner) agrees to sponsor a 19-year-old drug user (Jonigkeit) in an effort to help him combat his addiction, her own faith is ultimately tested. Struggling between the knowledge she possesses as a rehabilitation counselor and a woman of religious conviction, she begins to question her belief in miracles and whether people can find the courage to change."
p> Tickets are available online at Telecharge.com or by phone at (212) 239-6200 or at the Booth Theatre at 222 W. 45th St.
Ticket prices range from $61.50-$111.50 with a special preview price of $61.50-$91.50 for performances March 25-April 18.