PHOTO CALL: LaChiusa's Queen of the Mist, Starring Mary Testa and Andrew Samonsky, Opens Off-Broadway | Playbill

News PHOTO CALL: LaChiusa's Queen of the Mist, Starring Mary Testa and Andrew Samonsky, Opens Off-Broadway
Tony Award nominee Mary Testa stars in Queen of the Mist, the world-premiere Michael John LaChiusa musical about a female turn-of-the-century daredevil who survived the plunge over Niagara Falls, which officially opened Nov. 6 at The Gym at Judson Memorial Church.

The Transport Group presents the latest musical by Tony Award-nominated composer-lyricist-librettist LaChiusa, which began previews Oct. 18 and will run through Nov. 20. Transport Group artistic director Jack Cummings III (See Rock City, The Boys in the Band) directs the production.

Here is a look at opening night:

LaChiusa's Queen of the Mist, Starring Mary Testa and Andrew Samonsky, Opens Off-Broadway

Queen of the Mist is the inaugural production of Transport Group's 20th Century Project, "a ten-year initiative spanning ten productions, each production focusing on a different decade of the 20th century." Queen of the Mist focuses on the decade 1900-1910. In addition to Testa (On the Town, 42nd Street, First Lady Suite, See What I Wanna See) as real-life celebrity Anna Edson Taylor, the cast also features Andrew Samonsky (South Pacific, Tales of the City); D.C. Anderson (The Phantom of the Opera, The Life Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby); Stanley Bahorek (See Rock City & Other Destinations, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee); Theresa McCarthy (Titanic, Floyd Collins); Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party, First Lady Suite); and Tally Sessions (The House of Blue Leaves, Yank!).

Here's how the show is billed: "Based on an astounding, outrageous, and haunting true story, Queen of the Mist stars two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa as Anna Edson Taylor, who, in 1901 at the age of 63, set out to be the first woman to shoot Niagara Falls — in a barrel of her own design. Navigating both the treacherous Falls and a fickle public with a ravenous appetite for sensationalism, this unconventional heroine vies for her legacy in a world clamoring with swindling managers, assassins, revolutionaries, moralizing family, anarchists, and activists. Convinced that there is greatness in her and determined not to live as ordinary, she sets out to battle her fear and tempt her fate. With a score that incorporates turn-of-the-century themes with signature LaChiusa elements, Queen of the Mist is the story of a single great fall, and how one woman risked death so that she could live."

Queen of the Mist was commissioned by Transport Group Theatre Company and is made possible through major support from The Shen Family Foundation, which is committed to new musical theatre writers who take risks beyond commercial boundaries.

General admission tickets start at $58; premium reserved seating tickets start at $65; opening night tickets are $65; gala fundraiser tickets are $95. For tickets and information, visit or phone (866) 811-4111.

The Gym at Judson Memorial Church is located at 243 Thompson Street at Washington Square South in Greenwich Village. 

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