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News AmEx Pre-Sale for Is He Dead? Begins Sept. 12 Tickets for the new Broadway production of an old Mark Twain play, Is He Dead?, adapted by David Ives, will be on sale Sept. 12-21 in an offer to American Express Card holders.

Tickets for this world premiere comedy — about artists and a scheme to make money — go on sale to the general public Sept. 22. For a first crack at tickets, AmEx members can call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 or visit

Is He Dead? is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Michael Blakemore and stars Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels). It will open at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th Street, Nov. 29 after previews from Nov. 8.

According to the producers, "In this newly discovered Mark Twain comedy, the original master of American humor dishes out a sly critique of the art world with acerbic wit and social commentary well ahead of his time. Is He Dead? is a fast-paced play about a struggling artist who stages his own death to drive up the price of his paintings. As the riotous scheme unfolds, Twain poses daring questions about fame, greed and the value of art, and pokes his signature, mischievous fun at everyone involved."

Written in 1898, Is He Dead? remained unpublished until it was rediscovered in 2002 by noted Twain scholar Shelley Fisher Fishkin.

The cast includes Jeremy Bobb (Translations), Marylouise Burke (Into the Woods), Patricia Conolly (Enchanted April), Jenn Gambatese (Tarzan, All Shook Up), Tony Award nominee Byron Jennings (Inherit the Wind), Tony Award nominee Michael McGrath (Spamalot), five-time Tony Award nominee John McMartin (Grey Gardens), Tony Award nominee David Pittu (LoveMusik), Bridget Regan and Tom Alan Robbins (The Lion King). Is He Dead? will be produced on Broadway by Bob Boyett, Roger Berlind, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergère and O'Boyle-Stevens in association with Robert G. Bartner.

The design team includes scenic design by Tony Award nominee Peter J. Davison, costume design by two-time Tony Award winner Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by Tony Award winner Peter Kaczorowski and sound design by David Van Tieghem.

The box office at the Lyceum Theatre will open Oct. 22.

Ticket prices for all performances are $26.50, $46.50, $76.50 & $98.50. All prices include a $1.50 facility fee.

The performance schedule Nov. 8-Dec. 2 is Monday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2 PM. There are no performances on Nov. 14 at 2 PM and Nov. 22. There is an additional performance on Nov. 23 at 2 PM.

Performance schedule from Dec. 3 will be Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2 PM and Sunday matinees at 3 PM.

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