Assembled Parties Begins Rehearsals; Jonathan Walker Replaces Sam Robards
The Broadway world premiere of
Richard Greenberg's the family drama starring the previously reported The Assembled Parties, Judith Light and Jessica Hecht, began rehearsals Feb. 11. Jonathan Walker has joined the cast of the Manhattan Theatre Club production, taking over for the originally announced Sam Robards. Previews begin March 21.
As previously reported, director
Lynne Meadow's cast at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre includes Tony nominee Hecht, Tony and Emmy Award winner Light, Tony Award nominee Jeremy Shamos, Obie Award winner Mark Blum, Lauren Blumenfeld ( We Are Proud to Present…), Alex Dreier ( ) and Billy Elliot Jake Silbermann ("As the World Turns"). Robards had to drop out due to professional commitments. Walker appeared recently in The Divine Sister.
Opening night is April 17. According to MTC, "
The Assembled Parties welcomes us to the world of the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov (Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht) and her sister-in-law Faye (Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light) bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A house guest (Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos) has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly — or perhaps by design — insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs' seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. A stunning new play infused with humor, [it's] an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium."
The creative team includes
Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design) and Obadiah Eaves (original music and sound design).
Greenberg, a Tony Award winner for his play
is author of Take Me Out, and The American Plan, The Violet Hour, Three Days of Rain , plus the coming Broadway adaptation of Eastern Standard and the Off-Broadway musical Breakfast at Tiffany's Far From Heaven.
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