COMPLETE CAST ANNOUNCED FOR FIRST-EVER NEW YORK REVIVAL OF NEIL SIMON’S “PLAZA SUITE”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
COMPLETE CAST ANNOUNCED FOR
FIRST-EVER NEW YORK REVIVAL OF
TWO-TIME TONY AWARD® WINNER & TWO-TIME EMMY AWARD® WINNER
MATTHEW BRODERICK SARAH JESSICA PARKER
TONY AWARD WINNER
JOHN BENJAMIN HICKEY
New York, NY (January 16, 2020) – Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions, and Hal Luftig announced today the complete cast for the first-ever New York revival of Neil Simon’s classic comedy about marriage, Plaza Suite, in a production directed by Tony Award® winner John Benjamin Hickey.
As previously announced, two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick and two-time Emmy Award® winner Sarah Jessica Parker will lead the cast. Joining them for the upcoming Boston and Broadway productions of Plaza Suite are Danny Bolero as The Waiter, Drama Desk Award® nominee Molly Ranson as Jean McCormick/Mimsey Hubley, and Eric Wiegand as The Bellhop/Borden Eisler. The cast is completed by Tony Award winner Michael McGrath and Tony Award nominee Erin Dilly, who will standby for Broderick and Parker, respectively; in addition to understudies Laurie Veldheer and Cesar J. Rosado.
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As previously announced, Plaza Suite will play a strictly limited 17-week Broadway engagement at Hudson Theatre (141 West 44th Street), with previews beginning March 13, 2020 and an official opening night set for April 13, 2020. Plaza Suite will mark the first time Broderick and Parker will share a Broadway stage since the 1995 revival of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. This event will also mark Broderick’s return to the words of Neil Simon, having won his first Tony Award for creating the role of Eugene Jerome in Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, followed by its sequel, Biloxi Blues.
Prior to coming to New York, in a move reminiscent of the golden age of Broadway when stars would take plays out of town, Broderick and Parker will travel with the production to Boston for a strictly limited 22-performance pre-Broadway engagement at the Emerson Colonial Theatre, the same theater where Plaza Suite had its 1968 world premiere and in 1976, Parker made her Boston stage debut as Flora in the pre-Broadway engagement of The Innocents.
Two world-class actors play three hilarious couples in this uproarious and piercing look at love and marriage from legendary playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Neil Simon. This new production will mark the first revival of a Neil Simon play following his passing last August at the age 91. He is remembered as one of the most celebrated, successful, and beloved writers in Broadway history having written more than 30 plays and musicals.
When Plaza Suite first opened on Broadway in 1968, directed by Mike Nichols and starring George C. Scott and Maureen Stapleton, it ran for nearly three years and played a total of 1,097 performances. Simon and Stapleton were nominated for Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, respectively, while Nichols won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play. In 1971, Simon adapted the play for a big screen adaptation starring Walter Matthau, Stapleton, Barbara Harris, and Lee Grant. In 1982, HBO broadcast a taping of a live stage performance of Plaza Suite starring Lee Grant and Jerry Orbach. In 1987, Carol Burnett opposite Hal Holbrook, Dabney Coleman, and Richard Crenna starred in a television movie adaptation of the play co-directed by Roger Beatty and Kenny Solms.
The design team for Plaza Suite is two-time Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty (set design), Tony Award winner Jane Greenwood (costume design), five-time Tony Award winner Brian MacDevitt (lighting design), Tony Award winner Scott Lehrer (sound design), Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman (incidental music), and Jim Carnahan (casting director). Plaza Suite is general managed by 101 Productions, Ltd.
Plaza Suite is produced by Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions, Hal Luftig, with James L. Nederlander, Douglas L. Meyer, Elizabeth Armstrong, Hunter Arnold, Caitlin Clements, Eilene Davidson Productions, Terry Schnuck, Smith and Brant Theatricals, Sherry and Kirk Wright, and Mike Isaacson.
For tickets and additional information, please visit www.plazasuitebroadway.com.
Neil Simon (Playwright) has been represented on Broadway by Come Blow Your Horn; Little Me; Barefoot in the Park; The Odd Couple (1965 Tony Award); Sweet Charity; The Star-Spangled Girl; Plaza Suite; Promises, Promises; Last of the Red Hot Lovers; The Gingerbread Lady; The Prisoner of Second Avenue; The Sunshine Boys; The Good Doctor; God’s Favorite; California Suite; Chapter Two; They’re Playing Our Song; I Ought to Be in Pictures; Fools; Brighton Beach Memoirs; Biloxi Blues (1985 Tony Award); the female version of The Odd Couple; Broadway Bound; Rumors; Lost in Yonkers (1991 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award); Jake’s Women; The Goodbye Girl; Laughter on the 23rd Floor; Proposals; The Dinner Party; and 45 Seconds From Broadway. His Off-Broadway credits include London Suite. His films include Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, The Out-of-Towners, Plaza Suite, The Heartbreak Kid, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Murder by Death, The Sunshine Boys, The Goodbye Girl, The Cheap Detective, California Suite, Chapter Two, Seems Like Old Times, Only When I Laugh, I Ought to Be In Pictures, Max Dugan Returns, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, and Lost in Yonkers. Simon passed away in August 2018 at the age of 91.
John Benjamin Hickey (Director) previously directed Theresa Rebeck’s play Bad Dates starring Julie White at Playwrights Horizons. His Broadway acting credits include The Inheritance, Six Degrees of Separation, The Normal Heart (2011 Tony Award for Best Featured in a Play), Mary Stuart, The Crucible, Cabaret, Love! Valour! Compassion!. Off-Broadway he appeared in Dada Woof Papa Hot, God’s Heart, The Substance of Fire (Lincoln Center), L!V!C! (Obie Award), Blue Window (MTC), The End of the Day (Playwrights Horizons), The Autumn Garden (Williamstown Theatre Festival. His film credits include Sublet (forthcoming), Mapplethorpe, Truth, Pitch Perfect, The Anniversary Party, Infamous, Flags of Our Fathers, The Taking of Pelham 123, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. On television, he has appeared in “Jessica Jones,” “The Good Fight,” “Manh(a)ttan,” “The Good Wife,” and “The Big C” (Emmy nomination). Juilliard School graduate.
Matthew Broderick (Sam/Jesse/Roy) most recently starred in The Starry Messenger, at Wyndham’s Theater in London’s West End. In 2018, he appeared in The Seafarer at the Irish Repertory Theater and The Closet at the Williamstown Theater Festival. Previously, he was seen in The New Group’s Evening at the Talk House at the Pershing Square Signature Center and in Shining City at the Irish Repertory Theatre (Obie Award). Prior to that, he starred in A. R. Gurney’s comedy Sylvia alongside Annaleigh Ashford. He made his stage debut at 17 in Horton Foote’s On Valentine’s Day opposite his father, James Broderick. Off-Broadway: Torch Song Trilogy (Outer Critics Circle, Villager Award), The Widow Claire. Broadway: Brighton Beach Memoirs (Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Theatre World awards), Biloxi Blues, How to Succeed in Business… (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards), Night Must Fall, Taller Than a Dwarf, The Producers (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Roundabout’s The Foreigner, The Philanthropist, The Odd Couple, Nice Work If You Can Get It and It’s Only a Play. TV: “The Music Man” on ABC and “Master Harold and the Boys” on Showtime. Films include: Max Dugan Returns, WarGames, 1918, On Valentine’s Day, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Project X, Ladyhawke, Biloxi Blues, Glory, Family Business, The Freshman, The Lion King, Infinity (directed by Mr. Broderick and written by his mother Patricia Broderick), The Cable Guy, Addicted to Love, Inspector Gadget, Election, You Can Count on Me, The Last Shot, Marie and Bruce, Strangers with Candy, Wonderful World, the film adaptation of The Producers, Bee Movie, Then She Found Me, Finding Amanda, Tower Heist, Rules Don’t Apply, and Manchester By The Sea.
Sarah Jessica Parker (Norma/Muriel/Karen) has worked in theater, on and off Broadway, since 1976 when she debuted on Broadway in The Innocents directed by Harold Pinter. Other Broadway credits include: the title role in Annie, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Once Upon A Mattress. Off-Broadway credits include Sylvia (originated titled role Manhattan Theatre Club, Spring 1995: Drama Desk nomination 1995), The Substance of Fire by Jon Robin Baitz (Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theatre), The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein (Playwrights Horizons), To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday (the original production, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Circle in the Square), April Snow by Romulus Linney (Ensemble Studio Theatre), and By Strouse (Manhattan Theatre Club). Parker starred in HBO’s highly acclaimed television series, “Sex and The City” from 1998-2004 for which she received an Emmy and four Golden Globe Awards. She reprised her role for the screen adaptation of the hit series with the theatrical release of Sex and The City and Sex and The City 2. Past film credits include Here and Now, I Don’t Know How She Does It, Smart People, Failure To Launch, The Family Stone, State and Main, Mars Attacks!, Ed Wood, The First Wives Club, Miami Rhapsody, Honeymoon in Vegas, Footloose, and L.A. Story. Parker recently starred in HBO’s “Divorce” for three seasons. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance. Other television credits include “Equal Justice” and “Square Pegs.” Parker currently serves as a Vice-Chairman of The Board of Directors for the New York City Ballet.
Danny Bolero (The Waiter). Broadway: In The Heights, Joseph. Off-Broadway: Miss You Like Hell, Bedbugs, Roughly Speaking, Fur. Regional: Informed Consent, Golem of Havana, City of Angels, Drowsy Chaperone, Nine, Evita. Film: Low Tide, Rapid Eye Movement, The Hitcher. TV: “Ray Donovan,” “Starling,” “Power,” Blue Bloods.” @ELAactorinNYC, www.dbolero.com. Thank you CTG.
Molly Ranson (Jean McCormick/Mimsey Hubley). Broadway: August: Osage County, Jerusalem, Fish in the Dark. Off-Broadway: Bad Jews (Lortel Award nomination), Carrie (Drama Desk, Lortel, and Drama League nominations), Linda and The Burnt Part Boys. Film/TV: “New Amsterdam,” “Horace and Pete,” and “Love on the Run.”
Eric Wiegand (The Bellhop/Borden Eisler) is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut. NYC: Pop Punk High (LPR). Regional: We Are Among Us (City Theatre). Television: “Outsiders” (WGN America). Education: Carnegie Mellon. Thank you always to Mom, Dad, and Ryan.
Michael McGrath (standby, Sam/Jesse/Roy) last appeared on Broadway as talent agent Stan Fields in Tootsie. His many Broadway credits include principal roles in: The Front Page, She Loves Me, On The Twentieth Century, Nice Work If You Can Get It for which he received the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Also, Born Yesterday, Memphis, Is He Dead, Spamalot (Tony and Drama Desk Award noms.), Wonderful Town, Little Me, Swinging on a Star (Theatre World Award), The Goodbye Girl, My Favorite Year, Follies (Encores), The Boys from Syracuse (Encores), and DuBarry was a Lady (Encores). Off-Broadway credits include his critically acclaimed portrayal of Groucho in the first New York revival of the Marx Brothers classic The Cocoanuts, also appearing in The Louisiana Purchase, The Butter and Egg Man, Cy Coleman’s Exactly Like You, Game Show, and Forbidden Broadway. On television he served as the sidekick and co-host to Martin Short on CBS’s “The Martin Short Show.
Erin Dilly (standby, Norma/Muriel/Karen) is a Tony-nominated Broadway, television and film veteran with over 25 years in the industry. Broadway leading roles include A Christmas Story, Nice Work If You Can Get It (opposite Mr. Matthew Broderick), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical), Into the Woods, Boys from Syracuse, Fiorello, and Babes in Arms. She starred in the national tours of South Pacific, Martin Guerre, and Beauty and the Beast. She’s worked extensively on T.V and film, including “Boardwalk Empire,” “Bull,” “Blue Bloods,” “Person of Interest,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “Law And Order,” “Gossip Girl,” Too Big To Fail, and Julie And Julia, among others. She’s worked extensively in the regions, among them The MUNY, Goodspeed Opera House, The Guthrie, and the Alley Theatre. She is adjunct faculty at Pace University and Manhattan School of Music in their Musical Theatre Departments, and founder of her own studio, the Living Studio, in NYC. (livingstudionyc.com) Erin is proudly married to Broadway actor/teacher Stephen Buntrock, and mother to their two little women, Anna Lou and Catherine.
Cesar J. Rosado. PLANO directed by Taylor Reynolds (Clubbed Thumb); The Things That Were There by David Greenspan directed by Lee Sunday Evans (Bushwick Starr); Dolphins and Sharks (LAByrinth Theater); Seven Spots on the Sun (Rattlestick). Film and television: “Manifest” and “Law & Order: SVU”
Laurie Veldheer. Broadway: Mamma Mia! (Sophie); Newsies (Hannah, ensemble, and understudy for Katherine in original Broadway cast). Tour: Fiasco Theater’s Production of Into The Woods (Cinderella/Granny). Select regional: Steel Magnolias (Cape Playhouse); Thoroughly Modern Mille (Paper Mill; Maltz Jupiter; PCLO); Beauty and the Beast (La Mirada). BFA Penn State University. Endless gratitude to God, my incredible family, friends, DGRW, and everyone at Carnahan.
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