Sebastian Arcelus, Marc Kudisch, Graham Rowat, Teal Wicks Will Help Blue Flower Grow at Second Stage

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08 Sep 2011

Sebastian Arcelus
Sebastian Arcelus

The cast bringing light to Second Stage's The Blue Flower — a musical tale of artists and thinkers in the early 20th century —will include Sebastian Arcelus, Marc Kudisch, Graham Rowat, Teal Wicks and more. Performances begin Oct. 12.

Written by Jim Bauer and Ruth Bauer, with choreography by Chase Brock and direction by Will Pomerantz, the show will open Nov. 9 at Second Stage's home on West 43rd Street. Pomerantz directed the multimedia-enhanced work when it was seen at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, in 2010. The piece was previously presented in a developmental run by the Prospect Theatre Company in New York in 2008.

"Spanning two continents and half a century, The Blue Flower explores the romantic and tumultuous relationships between four young friends — three artists and a scientist — as they create a world of art, revolution, and passion amidst the turbulence and destruction of the World Wars," according to Second Stage.

The earlier A.R.T. production was described at the time as a fusion of Weimar cabaret and country-western music inspired by the historical figures Max Beckmann, Franz Marc, Hannah Hoech and Marie Curie.

The full cast at Second Stage will include Arcelus (Elf, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Happiness), Kudisch (a three-time Tony Award nominee for 9 to 5, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Meghan McGeary (The Blue Flower at A.R.T.), Joseph Medeiros (Irving Berlin's White Christmas), Julia Osborne (national tour of South Pacific), Rowat (Guys and Dolls, LoveMusik, Beauty and the Beast, Barrington's The Game), Aaron Serotsky (August: Osage County) and Wicks (Elphaba in Wicked).

Marc Kudisch
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The Blue Flower will feature scenic design by Beowulf Boritt; costume design by Ann Hould-Ward; lighting design by Donald Holder; sound design by Dan Moses Schreier; and projection design by Aaron Rhyne. The musical director is Dominick Amendum.

Writer/composer/lyricist Jim Bauer earned a Bachelor's degree in music composition and theory at Haverford College, where he was mentored by composers Harold Boatrite and John Davison. He has composed and produced music scores for film and television while performing as singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist in a variety of bands he periodically assembles. With his collaboration called Dagmar, his current project with singing partner Meghan McGeary, he performs in the New York City subways under the Music Under New York (MUNY) banner and on the streets of Boston and Cambridge. Dagmar recently released its third CD, "Door No. 3." He received the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award in 2004, with his wife Ruth Bauer, for their work on The Blue Flower.

Co-writer/visual artist/videographer Ruth Bauer is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Her oil paintings, watercolors, collages and monotypes have been shown in group exhibits in museums including Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, The Hudson River Museum, The Tuscon Museum of Art, The DeCordova Museum, The Brockton Museum and the Rose Art Museum, and in solo exhibitions in galleries across the United States. Her work is included in notable private and public collections.



The limited engagement plays to Nov. 27 on the following schedule: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

For tickets or more information, visit www.2ST.com.