Off-Broadway Comedy Revue Til Divorce Do Us Part, Directed by Mark Waldrop, Opens Feb. 18
18 Feb 2014
Dana Wilson, Erin Maguire and Gretchen Wylder
Photo by Janine N. Ajamian
Til Divorce Do Us Part: The Musical, an original musical comedy revue based on the real-life story of Ruthe Ponturo, who wrote the piece while going through her divorce from a Broadway producer, officially opens Feb. 18 at the DR2 Theatre.
Mark Waldrop (Bea Arthur on Broadway) directs Til Divorce Do Us Part — presented by Rosemary Kalikow, Leslie Simpson, 3 Cats Productions and Dean A. Carpenter — which features a concept, lyrics and choreography by Ponturo and music by John Thomas Fischer.
The cast includes Fischer, Martin Landry, Erin Maguire, Dana Wilson and Gretchen Wylder. Previews began Feb. 7.
Til Divorce Do Us Part: The Musical, according to press notes, "is inspired by the true story of Ms. Ponturo, a Broadway producer's wife who was unceremoniously dumped by her husband after decades of marriage. Determined to celebrate a new chapter in her life, Ponturo's character turns to her wickedly witty friends, who together sing, dance and laugh their way through the ripple effects of divorce and self-discovery in this musical comedy revue."
Other members of the creative team include set designer Mitchell Greenberg, lighting designer Julie Duro and sound designer Nevin Steinberg. Costumes are by Tony Award winner Paloma Young and Ashley Rose Horton.
An earlier incarnation of Til Divorce Do Us Part: The Musical played eight sold-out showcase performances at the Triad in 2013.
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.