PHOTO CALL: Bernadette Peters, Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan and Cast Celebrate Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis' A Bed and a Chair
18 Nov 2013
Three-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters starred in A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair, a collaboration between Tony-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and jazz musician-composer Wynton Marsalis, which played its limited engagement at New York City Center Nov. 13-17.
This Encores! Special Event was directed by Tony winner John Doyle and choreographed by Parker Esse.
A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair, presented by the combined forces of City Center’s Encores! program and Jazz at Lincoln Center, "celebrates love in New York and love of New York. Native Manhattanite Sondheim and adopted citizen Marsalis (originally from New Orleans) will compare musical notes on their shared passion for our city," according to press notes.
The program featured more than two-dozen Sondheim compositions, each piece newly re-imagined by Marsalis.
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.