Jacquelyn Piro Donovan Is Closer Than Ever Off-Broadway, Beginning Aug. 3

By Andrew Gans
August 3, 2012

Broadway actress Jacquelyn Piro Donovan, who just concluded a limited run as the evil Miss Hannigan in The North Shore Music Theatre's production of the Tony-winning musical Annie, joins the cast of The York Theatre Company's critically acclaimed revival of Closer Than Ever, the revue that features the songs of lyricist Richard Maltby, Jr. and composer David Shire, Aug. 3.



Piro Donovan (Miss Saigon, Les Misérables) succeeds Christiane Noll, who played her final performance Aug. 2. As previously reported, Drama Desk nominee Julia Murney (Wicked, Wild Party) will begin performances Aug. 6, taking over for Jenn Colella; both Noll and Colella are departing to join the company of the new Broadway musical Chaplin.

With direction by Maltby, associate direction and choreography by Kurt Stamm and music direction by Andrew Gerle, Closer Than Ever also features George Dvorsky and Sal Viviano.

The production, now in performance through Aug. 25 at The York Theatre at Saint Peter's, is described as an "intimate musical about love, friendship, security, happiness – and holding onto those essentials in a world that pulls us in a hundred directions at once."

The creative team includes Kurt Stamm (choreography), James Morgan (sets), Nicole Wee (costumes), Kirk Bookman (lights) and Stephanie Wagner (props). The production stage manager is Bernita Robinson.

Show times are Monday and Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday-Friday 8 PM and Saturday at 2:30 PM and 8 PM.

As previously reported, a cast recording will be released by Jay Records on a date to be announced. The original Off-Broadway cast recording is available from RCA Victor.

Read the recent Playbill.com feature about Maltby and Shire reflecting on their '80s revue, and talking about changes to the revival.

Tickets are priced at $67.50 and are available online at yorktheatre.org, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter's (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).