Full Troupe of LoveMusik Expected Back May 15

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Donna Murphy is expected to rejoin her LoveMusik castmates May 15 at Broadway's Biltmore Theatre following two missed performances May 12-13.

Murphy snagged a 2007 Tony Award nomination as Best Actress in a Musical May 15. A spokesman confirmed the full cast of the Harold Prince-directed musical about Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya will be on stage for the Tuesday show.

In the Alfred Uhry-scripted bio musical, Murphy plays actress-muse Lenya to 2007 Tony nominee Michael Cerveris' Weill. The musical, produced by Manhattan Theatre Club, was also Tony-nominated in the categories of Orchestrations (Jonathan Tunick) and Featured Actor in a Musical (David Pittu, who plays Bertolt Brecht).

The May 12 evening performance of LoveMusik was canceled due to the absence of co-stars Donna Murphy and Judith Blazer.

A statement from Manhattan Theatre Club at the time indicated "there is only one female swing" in the show, so it "was cancelled on Saturday night and a reduced cast size version was rehearsed for the Sunday matinee."

Ann Morrison went on in Murphy's place at the Sunday matinee. Performances for the scheduled limited run by MTC continue to June 24.


LoveMusik began Broadway performances April 12 and officially opened May 3.

The Manhattan Theatre Club staging boasts John Scherer (as George Davis), Edwin Cahill, Herndon Lackey (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Parade), Erik Liberman, Graham Rowat (Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Dr. Zhivago), Rachel Ulanet (King David) and Jessica Wright (2006's Company, 2005's Sweeney Todd).

Suggested by the letters of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, LoveMusik features a book by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy, Parade), "a full range of Kurt Weill songs," musical staging by Patricia Birch (A Little Night Music), and direction by 21-time Tony Award winner Harold Prince (The Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret and Sweeney Todd).

LoveMusik "follows the lives of the unlikeliest of lovers — the brilliant, intellectual German composer Kurt Weill (Cerveris) and the woman who became his muse and star, Lotte Lenya (Murphy)," according to MTC. "LoveMusik is an epic romance, set in Berlin, Paris, Broadway and Hollywood, spanning 25 years in the lives of this complicated couple."

Act One is called "Europe," and Act Two is called "America."

LoveMusik features the lyrics of Maxwell Anderson, Bertolt Brecht, Howard Dietz, Roger Fernay, Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Langston Hughes, Alan Jay Lerner, Maurice Magre, Ogden Nash, Elmer Rice and Kurt Weill.

LoveMusik is produced by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, artistic director, Barry Grove, executive producer) by special arrangement with Marty Bell, Aldo Scrofani, Boyett Ostar Productions, Tracy Aron, Roger Berlind/Debra Black, Chase Mishkin and Ted Snowdon. The commercial names attached indicate a hope for a future life beyond its not-for-profit MTC launch.

The LoveMusik design and production team are Beowulf Boritt (scenic design), Judith Dolan (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Duncan Edwards (sound design), Paul Huntley (wig design), Angelina Avallone (makeup design), Mark Simon (casting), Jonathan Tunick (orchestrations), Kristen Blodgette (musical supervisor), Seymour Red Press (music coordinator), Milton Granger (additional vocal arrangements), and Nicholas Archer (conductor).

Tickets are available by calling Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NYC metro area, online at Telecharge.com, and at the Biltmore Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). Tickets range in price from $76.25-$101.25.

Visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com for more information.

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