Jonathan Cake Joins Off-Broadway Cast of Shear's Restoration

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Stage and screen star Jonathan Cake will replace Danny Mastrogiorgio in the New York Theatre Workshop Off-Broadway run of Claudia Shear's Restoration.
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Christopher Ashley, who staged the world premiere of the new work at La Jolla Playhouse, will direct the work for its New York debut. Previews begin April 30 towards a May 19 opening night. The show will run through June 13 at the company's downtown home.

Cake — seen on Broadway in The Philanthropist and Medea — has also appeared on the New York stage in Cymbeline, Almost an Evening, Parlour Song and in London's Baby Doll and Coriolanus. He has been seen on television in "Six Degrees," "Inconceivable," "Cows" and "Extras." Film credits include "First Knight," "True Blue," and "Brideshead Revisited."

The actor joins a cast that includes original La Jolla cast members Shear (Dirty Blonde), Alan Mandell (The Beard of Avon) and Natalija Nogulich (The Iceman Cometh) with newcomer Tina Benko (Irena's Vow).

In Restoration, Shear plays "Giulia, a down-on-her-luck art restorer from Brooklyn who receives what could possibly be a career-reviving job of 'refreshing' Michelangelo’s David in time for its quincentennial celebration in Florence," as show notes read.

Shear reteams on this production with director Ashley (Xanadu), who staged her OBIE Award-winning Blown Sideways Through Life at NYTW.

The design team for Restoration includes Scott Pask (set), David C. Woolard (costumes), David Lander (lighting), Dan Moses Schreier (sound), Kristin Ellert (video) and Mark Adam Rampmeyer (wig). The production stage manager is James FitzSimmons.

Shear earned a Tony Award nomination for Dirty Blonde. Other credits include The Smell of the Kill (also directed by Ashley), Who’s The Daddy?, End of the Day and roles in the films "Living Out Loud," "It Could Happen To You" and a guest spot on "Friends."

Tickets to Restoration at NYTW, 79 East Fourth Street, are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information visit

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