Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater's New York Animals Opens Tonight

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The world premiere of New York Animals, by two-time Tony winner Steven Sater, officially opens Nov. 29 following previews that began Nov. 14. The Off-Broadway staging by the Spring Awakening writer is presented by Bedlam theatre group and features music by six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner Burt Bacharach.

Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach

Bedlam artistic director Eric Tucker helms a cast that features Debra Barsha, Blanca Camacho, Ramsey Faragallah, Lena Gabrielle, Jo Lampert, Edmund Lewis, Susannah Millonzi, David Wearn, Spiff Wiegand and Tucker himself.

The play tells the story of 21 New Yorkers as their lives intersect during a rain day in Manhattan, from an East Village diner to a Park Avenue penthouse. The strictly limited engagement at the New Ohio Theatre runs through Dec. 20 only.

The production has set design by John McDermott, costume design by Nikki Delhomme, lighting design by Les Dickert, vocal design by AnnMarie Milazzo and musical direction by Barsha.

L.A.'s Rougue Machine staged the last workshop production of New York Animals in 2010. In the lead-up to that staging, Sater told Playbill.com, "It's a play in which four actors play 21 characters whose lives collide over the course of a dark rainy New York day [and explores] the desperate dark comic edge of New York. It's about people trying to get somewhere and never getting anywhere, but getting somewhere nonetheless. You begin in an Upper West Side apartment with a woman (who is having fears about confronting her housekeeper) and her own baby who has jaundice. And you end at 3:30 in the morning in an emergency room with that same woman who is touched by a homeless guy who's in the emergency room with her and helping her save this child."

To purchase tickets, priced from $30, visit NewOhio. The New Ohio is located at 154 Christopher St., Manhattan.

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