Tyne Daly Opens in West End in Master Class Feb. 7
By Mark Shenton
Tyne Daly opens officially in Terrence McNally's Master Class, reprising the role of Maria Callas that she has played in Washington, DC and on Broadway last year, at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre Feb. 7, following previews that began Jan. 21. It is booking for a 14-week run only through April 28.
Directed by Stephen Wadsworth, with set design by Thomas Lynch, costume design by Martin Pakledinaz, lighting by David Lander and sound by Jon Gottlieb, it is produced in the West End by Max Cooper, Maberry Theatricals, the Marks-Moore-Turnbull Group, Ted Snowdon and Sonia Friedman Productions in association with the Manhattan Theatre Club.
Daly is joined in the production by Gerard Carey (Stagehand), Jeremy Cohen (Emmanuel Weinstock), Naomi O’Connell (Sharon Graham), Dianne Pilkington (Sophie De Palma) and Garrett Sorenson (Anthony Candolino).
The play was previously seen in the West End in a short-lived run at the Queen's Theatre in 1997, when the original Broadway production transferred with Patti LuPone, who had taken over the role of Maria Callas from Zoe Caldwell.
The play takes audiences to one of Callas' famous master classes, where, late in her own career, she dares the next generation to make the same sacrifices and rise to the same heights that made her the most celebrated, the most reviled and the most controversial singer of her time. The Tony-winning play first opened on Broadway in 1995; this production was first seen at Washington DC's Kennedy Center before transferring to Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre last year.
Daly is best known on TV for her roles as Detective Mary Beth Lacey in "Cagney and Lacey," for which she won four Emmy Awards, as well as Maxine Gray in "Judging Amy" and Alice Henderson in "Christy." Her Broadway credits include a Tony-winning performance in Gypsy as well as starring as Arkadina in The Seagull and Rabbit Hole.
Director Wadsworth has worked for Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, Edinburgh Festival, Nederlandse Opera, Seattle Opera and in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto and Santa Fe. He is Head of Dramatic Studies at the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, the James S. Marcus Faculty Fellow and Director of Opera Studies at The Juilliard School, an artist in residence at the Aspen Institute, and a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 412 4663, or visit www.masterclasstheplay.com for more details.
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