PHOTO CALL: Stephen Schwartz, Kate Baldwin, Celia Keenan-Bolger Celebrate The Blue Flower Opening Night

News   PHOTO CALL: Stephen Schwartz, Kate Baldwin, Celia Keenan-Bolger Celebrate The Blue Flower Opening Night
 
The Blue Flower, the new image-and-movement-rich musical about artists and thinkers in the first part of the 20th century, opened Off-Broadway Nov. 9 following previews that began Oct. 14 at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre. Marc Kudisch is the haunted painter/collage maker in the middle of the swirl of action about the beginning of the modern world.

Written by Jim Bauer and Ruth Bauer, with choreography by Chase Brock and direction by Will Pomerantz, the multimedia show plays Second Stage's home on West 43rd Street. Pomerantz directed the work when it was seen at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, in 2010. The piece was previously presented in a developmental run by the Prospect Theatre Company in New York in 2008.

Here's the cast on opening night:

"Spanning two continents and half a century, The Blue Flower explores the romantic and tumultuous relationships between four young friends — three artists and a scientist — as they create a world of art, revolution, and passion amidst the turbulence and destruction of the World Wars," according to Second Stage.

The earlier A.R.T. production was described at the time as a fusion of Weimar cabaret and country-western music inspired by the historical figures Max Beckmann, Franz Marc, Hannah Hoech and Marie Curie. 

The full cast at Second Stage includes Sebastian Arcelus (Elf, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Happiness) as Franz, Kudisch (a three-time Tony Award nominee for 9 to 5, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Max, Meghan McGeary (The Blue Flower at A.R.T.) as Hannah, Joseph Medeiros (Irving Berlin's White Christmas), Julia Osborne (national tour of South Pacific), Graham Rowat (Guys and Dolls, LoveMusik, Beauty and the Beast, Barrington's The Game) as the mysterious Mr. O, Aaron Serotsky (August: Osage County) and Teal Wicks (Elphaba in Wicked) as "Maria."

The limited engagement plays to Nov. 27 on the following schedule: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

For tickets or more information, visit www.2ST.com.

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