Dorfman and Smagula Join Cast of Broadway's To Be Or Not To Be

By Andrew Gans
and Kenneth Jones
31 Jul 2008

Jimmy Smagula
Jimmy Smagula

Complete casting has been announced for the world premiere of Nick Whitby's To Be or Not to Be, which will begin previews at Broadway's Biltmore Theatre Sept. 11.

As previously announced, the Manhattan Theatre Club production will feature the previously announced Craig Bierko (The Music Man) and Jan Maxwell (Coram Boy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) with three-time Tony nominee Brian Murray, Peter Benson (The Pajama Game), Steve Kazee (Monty Python's Spamalot), Michael McCarty (Mary Poppins), Kristine Nielsen (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, MTC's Our Leading Lady), Brandon Perler (Broadway debut), Rocco Sisto (Iphigenia 2.0) and Marina Squerciati (MTC's Beauty of the Father).

Newcomers to the cast include Robert Dorfman (The Lisbon Traviata) and Jimmy Smagula (Encores! Damn Yankees).

Based on the 1942 motion picture, Whitby drew on the Ernst Lubitsch film classic for this project. The production will be directed by three-time Tony Award nominee Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python's Spamalot).



To Be Or Not To Be will officially open at the Biltmore (261 W. 47th Street) Oct. 2.

According to MTC, "At the Polski Theatre in 1939 Warsaw, Joseph (Bierko) and Maria Tura (Maxwell) are about to open yet another smash with their theatrical troupe. As the German invasion gets underway, the theatre is closed by the censors, forcing the troupe to face desperate times. But when a handsome young bomber pilot enlists their help to catch a spy, what is a group of actors to do? This hilarious black comedy is an ingenious commentary on the World War II era and an inspired tribute to the timeless joys of the theatre."

The creative team includes Anna Louizos (scenic design), Gregg Barnes (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Darron L West (sound design) and Josh Marquette (hair design).

Single tickets will be available at a later date. For more information visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com.