Off-Broadway’s Hit Comedy “39 Steps” Supports Red Nose Day
Rick Miramontez / Michael Jorgensen / Matthew Troillett
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
TONY AWARD® WINNING
“ 3 9 S T E P S ”
SUPPORTS RED NOSE DAY
$1 FROM EVERY TICKET SOLD IN MAY
WITH CODE “RED39”
WILL BE DONATED TO
RED NOSE DAY AND COMIC RELIEF
New York, NY (May 13, 2015) – The two-time Tony Award® winning hilarious hit comedy 39 Steps will celebrate Red Nose Day by donating $1 from every full-priced ticket purchased for a May performance with the Offer Code RED39 to the Red Nose Day charity and Comic Relief. 39 Steps opened to rave reviews on April 13, 2015 and is a New York Times and Time Out Magazine Critic’s Pick. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.39StepsNY.com.
39 Steps has been handing out FREE Red Nosies to everyone who attends the show at the Union Square Theatre as part of their “Something Funny is Happening in New York” campaign, resulting in hundreds of people posting #nosie selfies on social media. The long-running London production of 39 Steps celebrated the UK Red Nose Day on March 13 with special events of their own.
“Red nosies have been an essential part of the 39 Steps experience since we began performances, and we are thrilled to be adding our support to the recently announced American debut of Red Nose Day,” said lead producer Douglas Denoff.
For over 30 years, Red Nose Day has been the UK’s premier comedic live benefit. On Thursday, May 21, NBC will air a star-studded special that, for the first time, brings Red Nose Day to America, and 50 cents from the sale of every red nose purchased for $1 at Walgreens goes to Red Nose Day to fight poverty.
Since 1985, Comic Relief’s mission has been to drive positive change through the power of entertainment. All money raised through their Red Nose Day and Sport Relief campaigns are used to tackle the root causes of poverty and social injustice around the world. Comic Relief Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
39 Steps features original Broadway cast member Arnie Burton reprising his role of Clown #2, Billy Carter as Clown #1, recent Juilliard grad Brittany Vicars as Pamela/Annabella/Margaret, and Broadway vet Robert Petkoff as the dashing hero Richard Hannay.
Adapted by Tony® nominated author Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, and based on the book by John Buchan and the classic 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, 39 Steps features Tony® nominated direction by Maria Aitken, Tony® winning lighting design by Kevin Adams, Tony® winning sound design by Mic Pool, and Tony® nominated scenic and costume design by Peter McKintosh.
39 Steps is a comedic spoof of the classic 1935 film, with only 4 “insanely talented” actors portraying more than 150 characters, sometimes changing roles in the blink of an eye. The brilliantly madcap story follows our dashing hero Richard Hannay (Robert Petkoff) as he races to solve the mystery of The 39 Steps, all the while trying to clear his name. The show’s uproarious fast-paced 100 minutes promises to leave you gasping for breath… in a good way! It’s fun for everyone from 9 to 99.
Originally premiering in 2005 at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in England, 39 Steps went on to wow London audiences in 2006 at the Tricycle Theatre before transferring to the West End’s Criterion Theatre, where it is still playing in its 9th smash year, quickly approaching its 3,500th performance. The production, and Patrick Barlow, went on to receive the 2007 Olivier Award for Best Comedy, and has since been seen across the globe, from Melbourne and Madrid to Tel Aviv, Seoul, Tokyo and Buenos Aires. In North America, it is one of the top ten licenses shows in regional theatres. It’s original Tony Award-winning New York production ran 1,135 performances from 2008-2011.
39 Steps is playing the following performance schedule at the Union Square Theatre (100 East 17th Street): Mondays at 7:00 PM, Wednesdays at 2:00PM and 8:00 PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 PM, Saturdays at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM, and Sundays at 3:00 PM. Tickets for the show are now on sale via www.39StepsNY.com, thru Ticketmaster online and by phone at 1-877-250-2929, and, in person at the Union Square Theatre box office, which opens at 1PM daily except Tuesdays (Noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays) and remains open until show time (5PM on Sundays.) Tickets are priced at $39-89. Premium seats are $105. $20 tickets for students, veterans, armed forces, NYPD and FDNY are available in person at the box office with ID the day of the show.
39 Steps is produced by Douglas Denoff, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, Mark Leonard, Neal Rubinstein, Neil Gooding Productions, J.M. Allain, Corey Brunish/Terrence Cranert, Patrick Blake, Albert and Trudy Kallis, in association with Fiery Angel, London.
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