"Toast" of the Town: A.R. Gurney's Black Tie Opens Off-Broadway Feb. 8

News   "Toast" of the Town: A.R. Gurney's Black Tie Opens Off-Broadway Feb. 8 Tony Award nominee Gregg Edelman is the anxious father of the groom, poised to offer a toast, in the world premiere of A.R. Gurney's comedy Black Tie, which officially opens Feb. 8 following previews that began Jan. 25 at 59E59 Theaters.

Carolyn McCormick and Gregg Edelman
Carolyn McCormick and Gregg Edelman Photo by James Leynse

Mark Lamos, who staged the premieres of Gurney's Indian Blood and Buffalo Gal, helms the Primary Stages production, which will run through March 20.

In addition to Edelman (City of Angels, Tale of Two Cities), the cast also features Ari Brand (The Neil Simon Plays) as Teddy, Daniel Davis (La Cage aux Folles) as Curtis' Father, Carolyn McCormick (Equus) as Mimi and Elvy Yost as Elsie.

Here's how Primary Stages bills the comedy: "Father of the groom, Curtis, simply wants to make a memorable toast. But before he is able to raise his glass, he must defend the time-honored ways of his past, including his attire. Cultures clash when a surprise guest is announced, threatening to throw convention out the window. Curtis finds that balancing the standards of his late father and the needs of his future family may prove too messy for a black tie affair."

The design team for Black Tie includes John Arnone (set design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), Stephen Strawsbridge (lighting design) and John Gromada (sound design).

A.R. Gurney is the author of Love Letters, The Dining Room, Sylvia, The Cocktail Hour, Ancestral Voices, Big Bill, Indian Blood, Children and Crazy Mary. His plays have earned him Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Rockefeller awards. His most recent work, The Grand Manner, debuted last spring at Lincoln Center Theater. Read Playbill.com's November 2010 Second Floor of Sardi's interview with Gurney.

Tickets for Black Tie, at the 59E59 Theaters, are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information, visit primarystages.org.

Ari Brand, Carolyn McCormick, Elvy Yost, Gregg Edelman and Daniel Davis
Ari Brand, Carolyn McCormick, Elvy Yost, Gregg Edelman and Daniel Davis Photo by James Leynse
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