PHOTO CALL: The Performers Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet Arrivals, Curtain Call and Cast Party

News   PHOTO CALL: The Performers Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet Arrivals, Curtain Call and Cast Party
The Performers, the new comedy by David West Read, officially opened Nov. 14 following previews that began Oct. 23 at the Longacre Theatre.

Henry Winkler, who is best known for his work as The Fonz on the long-running situation comedy "Happy Days," plays Chuck Wood, an aging adult film star, in The Performers, which is set at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas. The cast also features Xanadu and "30 Rock" star Cheyenne Jackson, Tony nominee Daniel Breaker (Broadway's Shrek the Musical), Ari Graynor, Jenni Barber and Alicia Silverstone (Broadway's Time Stands Still and The Graduate).

Evan Cabnet directs the 90-minute intermissionless comedy for producers Robyn Goodman, Scott M. Delman and Amanda Lipitz.

The Performers, according to press notes, "is a romantic comedy about two high school friends (Cheyenne Jackson and Daniel Breaker) — and the women in their lives (Ari Graynor and Alicia Silverstone, respectively) — who reconnect at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas. When the night takes an unexpected turn and relationships are threatened, Chuck Wood (Henry Winkler), the hardest-working man in the business, steps in to lend a hand.  Sex, love and Barry Manilow intersect in this comedy about the ups and downs and ins and outs of love."  

Click here to read's Brief Encounter interview with playwright David West Read. The production has set design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, costume design by Jessica Wegener Shay and sound design by Nevin Steinberg.

Winkler has appeared on Broadway in The Dinner Party and 45 Seconds from Broadway. Well known for his role as Fonzie on "Happy Days," his screen credits also include "Arrested Development," "Out of Practice" and "Third Watch." He has appeared in the films "Night Shift," "The King of Central Park," "Down to You" and "The Waterboy." 

Read the Playbill magazine feature about Henry Winkler.

Longacre Theatre is located at 220 W. 48th St. in New York City. Patrons can purchase tickets by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or by visiting

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