Welch, Grant, Glover, Clark, Hagerty Are All in the Family in Bette and Boo, Opening July 13

News   Welch, Grant, Glover, Clark, Hagerty Are All in the Family in Bette and Boo, Opening July 13
 
Marriage, that famous sacrament, is sacrificed to darkly comic effect in the Roundabout Theatre Company's new production of Christopher Durang's The Marriage of Bette and Boo, opening July 13 at Off-Broadway's Laura Pels Theatre.
Christopher Evan Welch and Kate Jennings Grant in The Marriage of Bette and Boo.
Christopher Evan Welch and Kate Jennings Grant in The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Photo by Joan Marcus

Walter Bobbie directs a cast that includes Tony Award winners John Glover and Victoria Clark, and Julie Hagerty ("Airplane!"), as in-laws. Previews began June 12 at Roundabout's Pels, at the troupe's Off-Broadway complex, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street).

Christopher Evan Welch and Kate Jennings Grant are the Bette and Boo of the title, whose marriage and extended families are examined in the dark comedy. The tale is told by their son, Matt (played by Charles Socarides). The limited engagement ends Sept. 7.

The Marriage of Bette and Boo, according to Roundabout, "takes a look at the complex marriage of Bette and Boo. Three decades of marriage, divorce, alcoholism, nervous breakdowns and death — all blended in a unique mix of irony, humor and farce — are played out in 33 quick scenes."

The production features Terry Beaver (Father Donnally), Heather Burns (Emily Brennan), Victoria Clark (Margaret Brennan), John Glover (Karl Hudlocke), Kate Jennings Grant (Bette Brennan), Julie Hagerty (Soot Hudlocke), Adam Lefevre (Paul Brennan), Zoe Lister-Jones (Joan Brennan), Charles Socarides (Matt) and Christopher Evan Welch (Boo Hudlocke).

* The design team includes David Korins (sets), Susan Hilferty (costumes), Donald Holder (lights) and Acme Sound Partners (sound).

Bobbie returns to Roundabout after directing the 2003 Broadway production of Twentieth Century, starring Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche (and featuring The Marriage of Bette and Boo cast member Terry Beaver). Glover returns to Roundabout and the Laura Pels Theatre after the 2004 production of The Paris Letter. He won a Tony for Love! Valour! Compassion! Clark, who won a Tony for The Light in the Piazza, was featured in the Roundabout's production of Cabaret.

The Marriage of Bette and Boo premiered Off-Broadway in May 1985 and won a number of Obie Awards including one for Durang for playwriting. The play also won the Dramatists Guild Hull Warriner Award.

For more information visit www.roundabouttheatre.org or call Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300.

<i>The Marriage of Bette and Boo</i> cast: Heather Burns, Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam LeFevre, Victoria Clark, Kate Jennings Grant, Christopher Evan Welch, Julie Hagerty and John Glover.
The Marriage of Bette and Boo cast: Heather Burns, Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam LeFevre, Victoria Clark, Kate Jennings Grant, Christopher Evan Welch, Julie Hagerty and John Glover. Photo by Joan Marcus
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