Musical The Thing About Men Plays 200th Performance Off-Broadway
28 Jan 2004
Off-Broadway's The Thing About Men reaches its 200th performances at the Promenade Theatre, Jan. 28.
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change creators Jimmy Roberts and Joe DiPietro unveiled their newest work, The Thing About Men, at Off-Broadway's Promenade Theatre, Aug. 27 after previews beginning Aug. 6.
Mark Clements (Speaking in Tongues) directs Marc Kudisch, Ron Bohmer, Leah Hocking, Daniel Reichard and Jennifer Simard in the production with musical staging by Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie).
Kudisch will soon leave the production to begin rehearsals for the upcoming Broadway revival of Assassins. The actor is contracted with the DiPietro Roberts Off-Broadway musical through Feb. 8, according to his agent.
Billed "a musical comedy affair," The Thing About Men features music by Roberts with book and lyrics by DiPietro. I Love You,... producers Jonathan Pollard and Bernie Kukoff team up with Tony Converse to present the work, which has been in development for a number of years.
The show — once simply called Men — is based on the German filmmaker Doris Dörrie's 1985 movie "Männer" (Men). The plot finds a middle-aged ad exec (Kudisch) who moves out after discovering his wife (Hocking) is cheating on him. The spurned man then takes up residence with an artist (Bohmer) — who is "the other man." The interactions between the love triangle are accented by a male and female narrator-like duo (Reichard and Simard), who also play all the show's other eclectic and eccentric characters.
The Thing About Men plays at the Promenade, 2162 Broadway (at 76th Street). For more information, visit www.thethingaboutmen.com.
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.