Prelude to a Kiss Star to Appear on Radio Show "Downstage Center"

By Ernio Hernandez
April 5, 2007

Actor John Mahoney who currently stars in Prelude to a Kiss on Broadway will appear on the April 6 broadcast of XM Radio's "Downstage Center."

The American Theatre Wing and XM Satellite Radio present the interview with the actor on the weekly theatrical show on XM's On Broadway (XM Channel 28). The show plays April 6 at 6 PM with repeat broadcasts Saturday at noon, Sunday at 7 PM and Wednesday at 12 AM (ET).

Mahoney will chat about his Broadway return after a 20-year hiatus, his decision to start acting at age 37, his early stage work with the St. Nicholas Theatre and his invitation (by John Malkovich) to join Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble. He will also reminisce about his other stage performances.

Known for his Emmy Award-nominated turn as the patriarch on "Frasier," John Mahoney won a Tony Award for his Broadway debut in The House of Blue Leaves. Other film work includes "Fathers and Sons," "She's the One," "Primal Fear," "The American President," "The Hudsucker Proxy," "Reality Bites," "The Water Engine," "Barton Fink," "Dinner at Eight" and "Say Anything."

Daniel Sullivan (Proof) directs Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss, which began previews Feb. 17 and opened March 8 at the American Airlines Theatre. The limited engagement is currently scheduled through April 22.

Prelude to a Kiss follow a young couple's "whirlwind courtship with a storybook wedding," according to production notes. Their love is immediately "put to the test by unknown forces" when a mysterious elderly man kisses the bride at the wedding.

Joining Mahoney is Annie Parisse ("Law & Order," The Internationalist) and Alan Tudyk ("28 Days," Monty Python's Spamalot) as the young couple with James Rebhorn (Twelve Angry Men) and Robin Bartlett (Yentl, Reckless) also featured.

The ensemble cast also includes Francois Battiste, Brandon Dirden, MacIntyre Dixon, Marceline Hugot, Matthew Rauch, John Rothman and Karen Walsh.

Tickets to Prelude to a Kiss at the American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street, are available by calling (212) 719-1300 or by visiting www.roundabouttheatre.org.