Broadway's Assembled Parties to Star Sam Robards, Mark Blum, Judith Light, Jessica Hecht; Cast Complete
By Kenneth Jones
Casting is complete for the Broadway world premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties, the family drama starring the previously reported Judith Light and Jessica Hecht, Manhattan Theatre Club announced. Previews begin March 21.
Director Lynne Meadow's cast at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre will include Tony nominee Hecht, Tony and Emmy Award winner Light, Tony Award nominee Jeremy Shamos, Obie Award winner Mark Blum, Lauren Blumenfeld (We Are Proud to Present…), Alex Dreier (Billy Elliot), Tony Award nominee Sam Robards and Jake Silbermann ("As the World Turns").
Opening night is April 17. According to MTC, "The Assembled Parties welcomes us to the world of the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov (Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht) and her sister-in-law Faye (Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light) bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A house guest (Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos) has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly — or perhaps by design — insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs' seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. A stunning new play infused with humor, [it's] an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium."
The creative team includes Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design) and Obadiah Eaves (original music and sound design).
Greenberg, a Tony Award winner for his play Take Me Out, is author of The American Plan, The Violet Hour, Three Days of Rain and Eastern Standard, plus the coming Broadway adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's and the Off-Broadway musical Far From Heaven.
For more information, visit ManhattanTheatre Club.com.
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