Tyne Daly Confirmed to Play Maria Callas in Broadway Master Class
By Kenneth Jones
Manhattan Theatre Club officially announced on Dec. 15 news that had previously leaked out: Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly will return to MTC to play Maria Callas in a new Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play Master Class, directed by Stephen Wadsworth.
The limited engagement will play MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) with previews starting May 24 with an opening night set for June 21. This production, which is offered as part of MTC's 2010-2011 subscription series, will be the first show to open as part of the 2011-2012 Broadway season.
Daly returns to MTC after appearing in the world-premiere production of David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole, which earned her a Tony nomination. She received a Tony Award for her performance in the 1989 revival of Gypsy. Daly is best known for her portrayal of Detective Mary Beth Lacey in TV's "Cagney and Lacey," for which she received four Emmy Awards.
Daly previously portrayed the role of Maria Callas in an acclaimed production at The Kennedy Center last spring. Wadsworth also directed. Additional casting will be announced for the Broadway run.
MTC's collaboration with Terrence McNally has resulted in productions of Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune (1987); The Lisbon Traviata (1989); Lips Together, Teeth Apart (1991), which became one of the longest-running hits in MTC’s history, and Love, Valour, Compassion! (1994), which transferred to Broadway and received the Tony Award for Best Play.
Master Class, according to MTC, takes us to one of opera soprano Maria Callas' famous master classes, where — late in her own career — she challenges the next generation "to make the same sacrifices and dare to rise to the same heights she did, making her the most celebrated, the most reviled and the most controversial singer of her times."
Tickets will be available beginning Dec. 17 by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.Telecharge.com. Tickets will be available at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street) beginning Jan. 3. Ticket prices will be $57–$116.
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