1998 Tony Award nominee Sam Trammel (Ah, Wilderness) and Tony winner Cherry Jones (set to return to Broadway in the spring with A Moon For The Misbegotten) attended the opening of Marie Christine Dec. 2. Marie Christine is a modern American retelling of the Greek Medea story by Euripides (circa 431 B.C.). The tale is set in New Orleans a century ago. Audra McDonald plays a passionate young woman willing to do anything to preserve her love for an ambitious sea captain, the Jason figure, played by Anthony Crivello. Act One is set in the South, Act Two is in Chicago. LaChiusa wrote the lead role with McDonald in mind.
The musical runs though Jan. 9 at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre.