PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with the Cast of the New Musical Somewhere in Time
12 Jun 2013
The world-premiere musical Somewhere in Time, starring Andrew Samonsky, Hannah Elless and Marc Kudisch, officially opened June 5 at Portland Center Stage after previews that began May 28. A team of cast members share these photos from rehearsal, backstage and around Portland.
Photo by Leslie Becker, Benjie Randall, Tad Wilson, Meggie Cansler, Giovanni Bonaventura and Leslie Flesner
Somewhere in Time has music by Doug Katsaros and lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz with a book by Macbeth, Altar Boyz and Godspell producer Ken Davenport. Scott Schwartz (Jane Eyre, Golda's Balcony) helms the musical that will run through June 30.
Samonsky (South Pacific, Queen of the Mist) stars as Richard Collier opposite Elless (Off-Broadway's The Other Josh Cohen, Mamma Mia! national tour) as Elise McKenna; Kudisch (The Apple Tree, Assassins, 9 to 5) as Robinson, the controlling character who manages actress McKenna; and veteran actor David Cryer (Lend Me a Tenor, The Phantom of the Opera) as Arthur.
Here's how the creative team bills the musical: "In Somewhere in Time, young playwright Richard Collier has an encounter with a mysterious old woman on the opening night of his earliest success; she entreats him, to his bewilderment, to 'come back to me.' Several years later, with his life and career in disarray, he seeks quiet and contemplation and checks in to a storied hotel from his youth. But his stay at the hotel turns into the journey of a lifetime as he unravels history-and time-to discover a powerful but perhaps impossible love."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.