|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Tony winner Walter Bobbie (Chicago, The Submission) directs the New York premiere of the dramatic comedy, which began previews Nov. 15 and officially opened Dec. 4 at New York City Center – Stage I. Golden Age was seen earlier in separate productions in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. The MTC production was originally scheduled to conclude Jan. 6.
According to MTC, "Its opening night of Vincenzo Bellini's new opera I Puritani in Paris, and the Italian composer is determined to win the adulation of not only his audience, but his colleagues and rivals as well. When the curtain falls, will a thunderous ovation cement his prominence? Or has Bellini unwittingly composed his own swan song? Blending 21st-century language with the timeless beauty of 19th-century bel canto opera, Terrence McNally's new play portrays the final act of an artist whose desire for greatness has eclipsed all else."
McNally, an opera maven whose plays Master Class and The Lisbon Traviata also touch on classical music, returns to one of his artistic homes for this production. MTC's Stage I was the site of many of his successes, including Lips Together, Teeth Apart. McNally is a four-time Tony Award winner (Master Class, Ragtime, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Kiss of the Spider Woman).
The creative team includes Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Ryan Rumery (sound design) and Tom Watson (hair & wig design). Cyrille Blackburn is the stage manager.
Neuwirth ("Cheers," Chicago, Sweet Charity) plays soprano Maria Malibran (Bellini's muse, late in her career); Morfogen (Ivanov) plays composer Rossini, Pisoni (Humor Abuse) plays swaggering baritone Antonio Tamburini; Rogers (as Bellini's companion and benefactor Francesco Florimo) and Thomas (as tenor Giovanni Rubini) were in Bobbie's cast of the 2011 world premiere of The Submission Off-Broadway; Phillips, playing bass Luigi Lablache, was in Broadway's November and My Favorite Year; Friel, as the wide-eyed soprano who gets a touching marriage proposal in mid-play, appeared in Broadway's Leap of Faith and Second Stage's Dogfight. George Morfogen replaces Abraham (who has a previous commitment) starting Dec. 11.