The 2014-15 season is just around the corner with a Curtain Up! kickoff featuring the fully produced premier of the saucy roundabout HELLO AGAIN. Directed by two-time Artie Award winning director, Jeffrey Coyle (FLOYD COLLINS; BBAJ) under music direction of Brett Ruygen, this musical adaptation based on Arthur Schnitzler's LA RONDE weaves several lives throughout ten scenes of hope, love, passion and, in one form or another, sex.
First premiered at Lincoln Center Theater in 1994 at the Mitzi Newhouse, under the directorial eye of the legendary Graciela Daniele, the production featured some of Broadway leading talent including Donna Murphy, Malcolm Gets, Carolee Carmello and John Cameron Mitchell. Describing HELLO AGAIN, LCT's musical director Ira Weitzman, in the liner notes of the original cast recording of the musical, wrote:
"HELLO AGAIN uses the famous circular structure of Schnitzler's play; a series of ten dialogs leading to sexual encounters, each scene linked by a character from a previous one until the first and last characters meet at the end. Where Schnitzler focuses on the social satire of his own 1890's Vienna, HELLO AGAIN encompasses America throughout the 21st Century. Though each scene is set in a different decade, the ten characters are on a universal journey. The longing that leads to sex masks their desire for an elusive emotional connection. Through these private moments come some of more the soul-searching songs in contemporary musical theater."
This WNY debut will feature an amazing ensemble of talent opening with Steve Brachmann as The Soldier engaging under a streetlamp with The Whore, portrayed by Katy Minor, and in turn finds himself in 1944 with The Nurse, played by Carolyn Lansom. The Nurse turns to 1960 were she is hired to "care" for The College Student played by Marc Sacco. Their scene leads to a movie house meeting between The College Student and The Young Wife, voted "Most Likely to Succeed", portrayed by Candice Kogut. After becoming "morally bankrupt", The Young Wife finds herself in 1954 with The Husband, played by Thomas LaChiusa, in a beautiful yet abstract scene where the mirror reflects who she is inside. On board the Titanic in 1912 finds the Husband having champagne and chocolates with The Young Thing portrayed by Michael Wachowiak. After being seduced aboard a sinking ship, The Young Thing escapes to a discotheque in the late 70's into the arms of The Writer, played by Matthew Mooney, who sets the next scene in the making of a 1920's silent movie featuring the "overpowering will" of The Actress portrayed by Shayna Raichilson-Zadok. The Actress then finds herself in 1980 attempting to seduce The Senator played by Robert Ernie Insana. In the final scene, The Senator phones his passion into The Whore and reaches across time to embrace her as all say "hello again" in the end.
HELLO AGAIN opens on September 11th as part of Buffalo's Curtain Up! Celebration and runs to October 4th.
ART in the Box (View)
16 Linwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14219
|Minimum Age: 15|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|