John Patrick Shanley’s romantic comedy Outside Mullingar derives its setting in the county of Westmeath, Ireland and the real town of Mullingar. The administrative, business, and cultural center of the county, the town was visited by Shanley as he was writing the play. Here are a few quick facts about the history of Mullingar:
Photo by Finn Mac Ginty
• With a current population of 20,000 inhabitants, Mullingar is roughly equal in size to South Lake Tahoe, CA. Continue reading
Here’s your first look at the Bay Area premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s wry romantic comedy:
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Four familiar faces return to TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in John Patrick Shanley’s romantic comedy:
STEVE BRADY (Tony Reilly) appeared in TheatreWorks’ The Great Pretender as Mr. Felt (2014, SFCC nomination for Best Actor). He appeared on Broadway in Inherit the Wind, and toured nationally in The Exonerated, including two weeks at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco. He toured the world with West Side Story, and Germany as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Mr. Brady has performed off-Broadway several times, most recently in Bill W. and Dr. Bob (SoHo Playhouse). In the past year he’s played J. Edgar Hoover in All the Way (Denver Center Theatre), Sigmund Freud in Freud’s Last Session (Riverside Theatre, Florida), Anything Goes opposite Sally Struthers (Gateway Playhouse), and Singin’ in the Rain (North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly, MA). TV: Law & Order, Law & Order CI, Spin City, Seinfeld, Diff’rent Strokes, and others. Continue reading
During The Life of the Party, we’re asking a special question of our audience in the lobby of the theatre: Which Andrew Lippa lyric relates the most to your life?
I made some mistakes, but I made something new. And I love my life this way!
(The Man in the Ceiling)
I’m not made for things like mowin’ lawns or apron strings
I’m my best when not at rest.
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Check out this new footage of Damian Humbley, Andrew Lippa, Sally Ann Triplett, and Teal Wicks onstage in The Life of the Party:
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Check out this gorgeous live rendition of “Make a Wish” by the Kilbanes with actor Reggie White from Eddie the Marvelous, Who will Save the World:
In this innovative new musical, Eddie the Marvelous fronts a band, struts the stage, saves the world. Eddie the Real can’t leave the house, can’t hold a job, can’t keep a friend. His mom makes every sacrifice, but when she finds a new man neither Eddie knows what to say or what to sing.
Eddie the Marvelous, Who Will Save the World will be a part of our 2016 New Works Festival, with a cast that includes White.
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All summer long, the teen students of our Summer Studio have been hard at work on The Feathers, an original play adapted from the classic Greek comedy The Birds…with a unique twist. Given the basic outline of the classic text, these students have written the remainder of the play themselves, including the addition of music and hip hop dance. We asked a few of our teen Lin-Manuel Mirandas to describe in one sentence why you should see The Feathers, and here’s what they had to say:
“Come see The Feathers because it is a whirlwind of witty humor and commentary and current events.” -Julia C Continue reading
The Life of the Party celebrates the music of Andrew Lippa. Before you see the show, take a look back at a few highlights from his long career:
Lippa wrote the music for John & Jen, a two-person musical which premiered at the Goodspeed Opera House in 1993 and opened off-Broadway in 1995. For the show’s twentieth anniversary in 2015 it was revived off-Broadway in a production starring Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan.
Check out Lippa’s thoughts on the 2015 production and the 20th anniversary of the show:
The excitement is building for Gravity, a new musical by writers Joel Chapman, Weston Gaylord, Matt Herrero, Jessia Hoffman, and Ken Savage, all current or former students at Stanford University.
This special next-generation event will be a part of our 2016 New Works Festival! Take a sneak peek at the creative process and the music in this live performance from Stanford earlier this year:
We’re less than two weeks from our 2016 New Works Festival. Learn more about this year’s lineup!
“This partnership with the celebrated Chocolate Factory is a thrilling step forward for TheatreWorks,” says TW Artistic Director Robert Kelley. “We’re proud that our long and distinguished history with composer Andrew Lippa has led to this electrifying American Premiere.”
We are honored to be co-producing The Life of the Party this summer with The Menier Chocolate Factory, reuniting author and star Andrew Lippa with director David Babani. Built in 1870 to house a chocolate factory, this unique space now comprises a restaurant and bar, rehearsal room, and 150 seat theatre. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Babani, the Chocolate Factory has been producing musicals, plays, live music, and stand-up comedy and is considered one of London’s premiere off-West End companies.
The Chocolate Factory received great international acclaim when their 2005 production of Sunday in the Park with George opened on Broadway, receiving eight Tony Award nominations including Best Revival of a Musical and acting nods for stars Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell.
Check out highlights from the Broadway production:
2010 proved to be a major year for Chocolate Factory productions on Broadway, with their revivals of La Cage aux Folles and A Little Night Music both picking up Tony nominations for Best Revival of a Musical. La Cage went on to win the award, providing Babani with his first Tony. Continue reading