PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Backstage at Enter Laughing With Kate Shindle (or "The Night the Lights Went Out at Bay Street")

News   PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Backstage at Enter Laughing With Kate Shindle (or "The Night the Lights Went Out at Bay Street")
 
Broadway favorite Kate Shindle agreed to document a recent day backstage at the Bay Street Theatre production of Enter Laughing, The Musical for Playbill.com... only to get more than she expected when the theatre experienced a sudden blackout the evening of shooting.

Still, as they say, the show must go on. The actors and Bay Street staff continued their pre-show activities as patrons waited patiently for power to be restored, which it eventually was.

Armed with a camera throughout, Shindle offers "The Night the Lights Went Out at Bay Street."

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Inspired by the early life of writer Carl Reiner, who is among the producers of the Broadway-aimed production, Enter Laughing was seen in an extended run at the York Theatre Off-Broadway in 2008. It has a book by Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof, Zorba) with music and lyrics by Stan Daniels ("Taxi").

Grisetti (Broadway Bound), who originated the role of aspiring actor David Kolowitz, reprises his performance alongside Jill Eikenberry (Into the Woods, "L.A. Law") and Michael Tucker ("L.A. Law") as Mother and Father, respectively. They are joined by Richard Kind (Bounce!, The Producers) as Marlowe and Kate Shindle (Wonderland, Legally Blonde) as Angela.

Completing the cast are Gina Milo, Erick Devine, Eric Mann, Paul Binotto, Gerry McIntyre, Betsy DiLello, Emily Shoolin, Ray DeMattis and Phil Reno, many of whom also appeared in the 2008 York engagement.

Off-Broadway director Stuart Ross directs and choreograph the production that runs through Sept. 4. "The production comes to Bay Street Theatre before continuing on its journey to Broadway," according to producers.

The 1930's-set musical "tells the story of young, hapless David Kolowitz, a shop boy from the Bronx who pursues his dream of becoming a leading man on stage while facing mounting pressures from his despondent girlfriend, dismissive boss, distracted best friend, disgusted acting coach and disapproving parents," according to Bay Street.

Enter Laughing is presented at Bay Street by special arrangement with Dan Whitten and Tiger Theatricals in association with Reiner. In 2009 Whitten announced plans to bring Enter Laughing to Broadway as part of the 2010-2011 season. The musical was first seen on Broadway in a short-lived 1976 run with the title So Long, 174th Street. Stein and Daniels had revised the work since its  premiere.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (631) 725-9500 or by visiting BayStreet.

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