Max Von Essen, Julie Halston, and More Star in Murder on the Orient Express

Regional News   Max Von Essen, Julie Halston, and More Star in Murder on the Orient Express
Ken Ludwig’s stage adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic begins March 15 at the McCarter.
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A host of theatre favorites star in the McCarter Theatre Center's world premiere of Ken Ludwig’s stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, which is presented March 15-April 2 at the Princeton, New Jersey, venue. (The first preview, originally scheduled for March 14, was canceled due to the winter storm.)

Emily Mann directs the murder mystery.

The cast features Allan Corduner as Detective Hercule Poirot, Veanne Cox (An American in Paris) as Princess Dragomiroff, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh (Disgraced at McCarter) as Michel, Julie Halston (You Can’t Take it With You) as Helen Hubbard, Susannah Hoffman (Baby Doll at McCarter) as Mary Debenham, Alexandra Silber (Fiddler on the Roof) as Countess Andrenyi, Juha Sorola (About Heroes at United Solo Festival – Best Festival Debut 2016) as Hector MacQueen, Samantha Steinmetz (Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility) as Greta Ohlsson, Max von Essen (An American in Paris) as Samuel Ratchett/Col. Arburthnot, and Evan Zes (Incident at Vichy) as Monsieur Bouc.

The creative team comprises a quartet of Tony Award-winning designers: sets by Beowulf Boritt (Act One, On the Town), costumes by William Ivey Long (15 Tony nominations; six wins), lighting by Ken Billington (Chicago), and sound by Darron L. West (Peter and the Starcatcher).

In an earlier statement Agatha Christie’s grandson, Mathew Pritchard, said, “Hercule Poirot is 100 years old and has never been more full of life. My grandmother’s best known character continues to invite new interpretations and to inspire other great talents. The theatre is no exception and that is why I’m delighted that Ken Ludwig will be bringing his unique voice to what some would say is Poirot’s greatest story. No medium is more collaborative than the theatre and working with Ken for us is also about working with his great collaborators. We are delighted that Emily Mann will continue her collaboration with Ken and that McCarter is to be the scene of their crime. McCarter’s record as an American theatre able to take great works to their full potential is unrivalled and we couldn’t be in better hands.”

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(Updated March 14, 2017)

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