Wise Guys

Music and Lyrics Stephen Sondheim
Text John Weidman
Direction Sam Mendes

October 29, 1999—November 20, 1999

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The vaudville musical tells the story of Wilson and Addison Mizner, two real-life brothers who created Palm Beach and Boca Raton during the Florida land boom of the 1920s.

Choreography Jonathan Butterell
Music Direction Ted Sperling
Scenic Design Mark Thompson
Costume Design Santo Loquasto
Lighting Design Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer
Sound Design Jonathan Deans
Musical Supervisor Paul Gemignani
Orchestrations John Tunick

with Brooks Ashmanskas, Jessica Boevers, Candy Buckley, Kevin Chamberlin, Christopher Fitzgerald, Victor Garber, Michael Hall, Nathan Lane, Jessica Molaskey, Nancy Opel, William Parry, Clarke Thorell, Lauren Ward and Ray Willis

Lydie Breeze

Lydie Breeze, Parts 1 and 2
Text John Guare
Direction Itamar Kubovy

May 4, 2000—June 18, 2000

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Lydie Breeze is a play about a group of dreamers who retreat to Nantucket after serving in the Civil War to create a Utopian society, who are unable to realize their dream because they refuse to acknowledge and accept their past.  As John Guare describes it, Lydie Breeze “traces the spiritual course of the United States from the post-Civil War to the 20th century- the moment in history when its (American) innocence was slowly being transformed by sordid experience and adventurism.”

Scenic Design Neil Patel
Costume Design Gabriel Berry
Lighting Design Brian Macdevitt
Sound Design Kurt B. Kellenberger
Original Music Adam Guettel
Stage Manager Marci A. Glotzer
Assistant Stage Managers Michael McGoff and Elizabeth Moreau

with Joanna P. Adler, Bill Camp, Alicia Goranson,Jefferson Mays, Elizabeth Marvel, Christopher McCann, Boris McGiver, Alexandra Oliver, Scott Schmidt, Thomas Shaw and Matt Servitto

What You Get And What You Expect

Text Jean-Marie Besset
Direction Chris Ashley
Translation Hal J. Witt

March 3, 2000—March 30, 2000

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When two rival architects compete for the French appointment to design the first monument on the moon, their shared pasts become present, intersecting subplots of sexual betrayal and intrigue.  These characters approach their architectural vision and design with clarity, precision and skill.  However, as the play progresses, the men find the complication and confusion in their personal lives more daunting.  Besset’s twists of fate are cunningly theatrical and at the same time full of compassion for human imperfection—a trick that perhaps only the French can pull off.  Besset offers a lean, sophisticated play with a gleaming aesthetic and brimming eroticism.

Scenic Design Klara Zieglerova
Costume Design Amela Baksic
Lighting Design Frances Aronson
Sound Design Kurt B. Kellenberger
Casting Bernard Telsey Casting
Stage Manager Lee J. Kahrs
Assistant Stage Manager Elizabeth Moreau

with Stephen Caffrey, David Chandler, T. Scott Cunningham, Adam Greer, Peter Jacobson, Kathryn Meisle and Pamela Payton-Wright

Dirty Blonde

Text Claudia Shear
Conception Claudia Shear and James Lapine
Direction James Lapine

December 11, 1999—February 13, 2000

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Dirty Blonde celebrates a uniquely American icon who managed to thumb her nose at polite society, theatrical convention, and continual censorship, by being the ultimate tough girl; “she does exactly what she wants…and likes it.  Doesn’t care if you think she’s a nice girl…”  It is the uncompromising spirit—more than the campy wriggles and sexy bon mot—that is Mae West’s enduring legacy.  She represented a subversive, courageous and independent woman long before anyone thought of burning a bra.

Musical Staging John Carrafa
Musical Direction and Arrangement Bob Stillman
Scenic Design Douglas Stein
Costume Design Susan Hilferty
Lighting Design David Lander
Sound Design Dan Moses Schreier
Associate Direction Gareth Hendee
Dialect Coach Deborah Hecht
Stage Manager Leila Knox
Assistant Stage Manager Anthony Detrano

with Kevin Chamberlin, Claudia Shear and Bob Stillman

A Streetcar Named Desire

Text Tennessee Williams
Direction Ivo van Hove

August 23, 1999—October 16, 1999

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A Streetcar Named Desire brings Blanche to Elysian Fields (a chaotic, noisy place, described by Virgil as the part of Hades where the blessed live in eternal happiness) in New Orleans. This transgression has to end in disaster. It awakens the destructive forces in Stanley and Blanche. By Blanche’s appearance, Stanley is threatened. Blanche’s invasion makes him lose Stella, their marriage becomes sour.

Production Design Jan Versweyveld
Original Music and Sound Design Harry de Wit
Associate Scenic Design Matthew E. Maraffi
Associate Costume Design Amela Baksic
Associate Lighting Design Wendy Luedtke
Dramaturg Bart Van den Eynde
Musical Director and Live Mix David Linton
Dialect Coach Sarah Felder
Casting Bernard Telsey Casting
Stage Manager Martha Donaldson
Assistant Stage Manager Antonia Gianino

with Jenny Bacon, Carolyn Baeumler, Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Johnny Garcia, Erik LaRay Harvey, Justin Klosky, Joan MacIntosh, Elizabeth Marvel, Bruce McKenzie, Ed Vassallo and Christopher Evan Welch