Abingdon Theatre Company will present two one-night-only events next month at the Lucille Lortel Theatre: a concert of Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera February 4 and Wade Dooley’s The Prompter February 11.
Inspired by actual events, Tonya & Nancy utilizes the 1994 Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan media scandal to explore America’s obsession with celebrity scandals. With a libretto and concept by Elizabeth Searle and music by Michael Teoli, the presentation will include Heidi Friese, Chase Kamata, Ryan MacConnell, and Colin Barkell. Rachel Klein directs, with musical direction by Henry Aronson.
The play follows veteran actor Irene Young, who, after a 40-year absence, is returning to the Broadway stage. But now, she can’t do it alone; so, the production hires a young actor to be her prompter.
“I’m thrilled to bring these special events to the Abingdon audience in celebration of our 26th season,” says Chad Austin, Abingdon Theatre Company's artistic director. “Tonya & Nancy is just as dramatic as the real thing, packed with hilarious and touching moments from this American tale of triumph and tragedy. Wade Dooley's play, The Prompter, has been an aspiration of mine since I first read it, over a year ago. Now, in this one night only event, directed by the gifted Scott Schwartz and starring the brilliant Estelle Parsons, Abingdon is proud to share in shepherding this new American work to the stage."