The Party's Over: A Catered Affair Closes on Broadway July 27

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27 Jul 2008

Leslie Kritzer, Matt Cavenaugh and Faith Prince in <I>A Catered Affair</I>.
Leslie Kritzer, Matt Cavenaugh and Faith Prince in A Catered Affair.
Photo by Jim Cox
A Catered Affair, the new musical penned by John Bucchino and Harvey Fierstein, who co-stars, plays its final performance at the Walter Kerr Theatre July 27 at 3 PM.

When it closes, the wedding-themed musical will have played 27 previews and 116 regular performances.

In a recent statement Tony winner Fierstein said, "Our team set out to create a new form of musical storytelling. What we achieved was raw, honest, emotionally daring theater. I couldn't be prouder of A Catered Affair. And, from all indications, the show will have a long and prosperous life in every sort of venue around the globe. That ain't chopped liver!"

Producer Roth added, "A Catered Affair stands as a jewel among musicals. Thanks to the brave work of all involved, it will live on in our audiences who are so deeply moved at every performance, in our magnificent original cast album and in future productions around the world."

A Catered Affair opened on Broadway following a much-extended run at San Diego's Old Globe. The New York run received the Drama League's 2008 Best Musical Award, 12 Drama Desk Award nominations and three Tony nominations.



Fierstein, who was last on Broadway in the revival of Fiddler on the Roof, stars in the small cast opposite Tony winner Faith Prince as Aggie Hurley (mother of the bride), Tom Wopat as Tom Hurley (father of the bride), Leslie Kritzer as Janey Hurley (the bride) and Matt Cavenaugh as Ralph Halloran (the groom). Also in the company are Philip Hoffman (Mr. Halloran and Sam), Katie Klaus (Alice and Army Sergeant), Heather MacRae (Delores and the Caterer), Lori Wilner (Mrs. Halloran) and Kristine Zbornik (Myra and the Dress Saleswoman). Jennifer Allen, Britta Ollmann and Matthew Scott are understudies.

The marriage-minded musical (based on the Paddy Chayefsky TV film and movie) features a score by John Bucchino and direction by Tony winner John Doyle, who helmed the actor-musician Broadway revivals of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Company. Constantine Kitsopoulos is the show's musical director; orchestrations were penned by Jonathan Tunick.

The design team comprised David Gallo (sets), Ann Hould-Ward (costumes), Brian MacDevitt (lights), Dan Moses Schreier (sound), Zachary Borovay (projections) and David Lawrence (hair).

According to press notes, "Funny, heartbreaking and oh so human, A Catered Affair reveals relationships strained to their limits when a couple must decide whether to spend their life savings on a family business or to launch their only daughter's marriage with a lavish catered affair. Harvey Fierstein's book and John Bucchino's score seize the opportunity to explore the meaning of family and the need for love, both new and reawakened."

The musical is based on the Turner Entertainment motion picture distributed by Warner Brothers and written by Gore Vidal, and the original teleplay by Paddy Chayefsky.

A Catered Affair was produced on Broadway by Jujamcyn Theaters, Jordan Roth, Harvey Entertainment/Ron Fierstein, Richie Jackson, Daryl Roth, John O'Boyle/Ricky Stevens/Davis-Tolentino, Barbra Russell/Ron Sharpe in association with the Frankel-Baruch-Viertel-Routh Group, Broadway Across America, True Love Productions, Rick Steiner/Mayerson-Bell-Staton-Osher Group, Jan Kallish, Stacey Mindich and Rhoda Mayerson.

The musical's cast recording was released on the PS Classics label.

Tickets, priced $29.50-$119.50 with premium seats for $179.50 and $199.50, are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com.

The Walter Kerr Theatre is located in Manhattan at 219 West 48th Street.