October 16, 2009

A Long and Winding Road: Reviews

The word is in - and people are really enjoying Maureen McGovern in A Long and Winding Road.

The Boston Globe says "Maureen McGovern's voice remains powerful, supple, and expressive. She knows how to navigate a song's emotional peaks and valleys and how to woo and win an audience. When you hear her deliver these songs, it's a reminder of how much they deserve to live on." click here to read more.

We love a good review in the Boston Globe - but we like it even more when we get to hear what you have to say. Join the conversation by adding your comments here.

You are also invited to join the conversation when you come to the theatre. Check out our humanities forum with Steve Morse, host of "Morse on Music" and former staff rock critic for The Boston Globe. Following the 2pm performance on Sunday, October 25. Free with a ticket to the show.

If you can't make it that night we are holding audience discussions following most weeknight and matinee performance, as we did with Fences. Check out the full schedule of performances and discussions here.

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Maureen McGovern in A Long and Winding Road at the Huntington Theatre Company's second stage - The Virginia Wimberly Theatre at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. 527 Tremont St, Boston MA 02116.  Buy tickets online or call our box office at 617 266-0800. Box Office locations and hours click here.

October 7, 2009

Maureen McGovern; A Long and Winding Road - Video & Bios

Maureen McGovern’s* (Performer, Co-writer) nearly 40-year career includes Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Traditional Pop Vocal, a Grammy Award for Best Musical Recording for Children (for her participation in Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mr. Rodgers), and the Academy Award winning gold records “The Morning After” (Billboard No. 1) and “We May Never Love Like This Again.” Her current PS Classics release, A Long and Winding Road, was praised by The New York Times as “a captivating musical scrapbook from the 1960s to the early ’70s, Ms. McGovern is blessed with a vocal technique second to none.” Other critically acclaimed musical tributes include her Gershwin, Arlen, Rodgers, and Marilyn and Alan Berman CDs, and more. On Broadway, she appeared in Little Women: The Musical, creating the role of Marmee, for which she was nominated for a 2005 Drama Desk Award; The Pirates of Penzance; Nine; 3 Penny Opera; and the recent first national tours of Little Women: The Musical and The King and I. Off-Broadway, she appeared in Brownstone, originating the role of Mary. Regionally, she has performed in Maureen McGovern: A Long and Winding Road (Arena Stage, in cooperation with the Huntington), Elegies, Dear World, Letters From ’Nam (originating the role of Eleanor Bridges at the North Shore Music Theatre), The Lion in Winter, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Of Thee I Sing, Let ’Em Eat Cake, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, I Do! I Do!, and The Bengal Tiger’s Ball (for which she composed, co-created, and starred). On screen, she appeared in The Towering Inferno, as the guitar-strumming nun in the film Airplane!, and as the voice of Rachel in the DreamWorks animated feature Joseph: King of Dreams. She is the founder of the McGovern “Works of Heart Foundation". Visit maureenmcgovern.com.

Philip Himberg (Co-writer, Director) is the producing artistic director of Sundance Institute Theatre Program where he has created and overseen the developmental theatre laboratories since 1997. Under Mr. Himberg’s aegis, this nationally recognized program has successfully developed over 150 new works for the stage, including the Tony Award-winning The Light in the Piazza, Grey Gardens, 33 Variations, Passing Strange, Spring Awakening, and I Am My Own Wife, among many others. Mr. Himberg’s directing credits includethe world premiere concert of William Finn’s Songs of Innocence and Experience at Williams College and Merkin Hall in New York. He directed the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s Some Men at Philadelphia Theatre Company, and most recently, Reprise/LA’s revival of Flora, The Red Menace starring Eden Espinosa. For Sundance Summer Theatre, he directed Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Girl, and Dear World. He is also an author; his essay “Family Albums” appears in the Dutton anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys. He is a trustee of Theatre Communications Group.

Jeffrey Harris (Music Director) is equally at home as a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, and lyricist. He has worked with such diverse performers as Maureen McGovern, Chaka Khan, Barbara Cook, Jack Jones, Audra McDonald, and Cleo Laine. His longest association has been with Ms. McGovern, playing and arranging six of her CDs, writing many songs for her (she has recorded 16), and appearing with her frequently on TV and in concert. Mr. Harris has worked extensively on Broadway as both pianist and conductor, most recently as associate musical director for Gypsy (starring Patti LuPone, directed by Arthur Laurents). Other Broadway credits include On the Town (directed by George C. Wolfe), Chicago, Fosse, Beauty and the Beast, and Crazy for You. He is a frequent guest pianist and conductor with many leading orchestras (including the Boston, St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit, and National symphony orchestras) and a regular member of the New York Pops. As a composer for the theatre, he most recently penned Pinocchio (book and lyrics by Susan DiLallo), produced at South Coast Repertory and Omaha Theater Company.

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Maureen McGovern in A Long and Winding Road at the Huntington Theatre Company's second stage - The Virginia Wimberly Theatre at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. 527 Tremont St, Boston MA 02116.  Buy tickets online or call our box office at 617 266-0800. Box Office locations and hours click here.

A Long and Winding Road - Designers

The design team for A Long and Winding Road is;

Cristina Todesco (Scenic Designer) previously designed The Atheist for the Huntington Theatre Company. Her design credits include The Atheist (Culture Project at the Barrow Street Theater and Williamstown Theatre Festival), Sonia Flew (Summer Play Festival), and A Passion for Justice: An Encounter with Clarence Darrow (Olney Theater Center). Local design credits include Grey Gardens (Lyric Stage Company of Boston), Picasso at Lapin Agile, A House With No Walls (New Repertory Theatre), The Pain and the Itch and The Bluest Eye (Company One), The New Century (SpeakEasy Stage Company), and Look Back in Anger (Orfeo Group). Ms. Todesco is the recipient of an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Scenic Design for New Repertory Theatre’s production of The Clean House. She received her M.F.A. in scenic design from Boston University’s School for Theatre Arts, where she currently teaches.

Chip Schoonmaker (Costume Designer) has designed The Einstein Project and Faith Healer (Berkshire Theatre Festival) regionally. His Boston credits include The Light in the Piazza and The Wrestling Patient (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Grey Gardens (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston), Dear Miss Garland (Stoneham Theatre), The Clean House (New Repertory Theatre), and King John (Actors' Shakespeare Project). Other credits include Love Song and Blackbird (Chester Theatre Company), Chicago and La Cage Aux Folles (Riverside Theatre), and The Greeks (Southern Methodist University). His designs for dance include projects at The Juilliard School, Boston Conservatory, The Nashville Ballet, The Richmond Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, and seven seasons as resident costume designer at Jacob’s Pillow. Mr. Schoonmaker has designed for “Another World,” “All My Children,” and “As the World Turns,” for which he has earned four Daytime Emmy Awards. He received his M.F.A. from New York University and is on the faculty at Brandeis University.

David Lander (Lighting Designer) received a 2009 Tony Award nomination for his lighting design for 33 Variations (also at La Jolla Playhouse and Arena Stage). His other Broadway credits include A Man for all Seasons, I Am My Own Wife, Dirty Blonde, and Golden Child. He previously designed Séance on a Wet Afternoon (Opera Santa Barbara), Aftermath and Beast (New York Theatre Workshop), Restoration (La Jolla Playhouse), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Edward Albee’s Occupant (Signature Theatre Company), and Othello (Alley Theatre). Mr. Lander also designed the theatrical lighting for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.

Maya Ciarrochi (Projection Designer) is a New York City-based projection designer and installation artist. Her theatre and dance credits include Elvis People (Henry Wishcamper, New World Stages); Relativity (Talvin Wilks, Ensemble Studio Theatre); Fire Throws (Rachel Dickstein, 3LD Art & Technoloogy Center); The Diary of Anne Frank (Timothy Bond, Syracuse Stage); Tales from the Salt City (dir. Ping Chong, Syracuse Stage); Morph: Live Remix (Wally Cardona, Danspace Project); Event (Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Joyce Theater); Necessary Beauty and Landing/Place, for which she won a 2006 Bessie Award, (Bebe Miller Company, Wexner Center); and Approaching Green (Donna Uchizono, Danspace Project). Her video installations have been exhibited nationally and abroad. Upcoming projects nclude Ping Chong’s The Devil & Daniel Webster (La Mama) and Throne of Blood (Oregon Shakespeare Festival and BAM Next Wave Festival). Ms. Ciarrocchi has B.F.A. in dance from SUNY Purchase and an M.F.A. in computer art from the School of Visual Arts. www.mayaciarrocchi.com.

Ben Emerson’s (Sound Designer) design credits for the Huntington include Fences, The Miracle at Naples, What the Butler Saw, Cookin’ at the Cookery, Gross Indecency, Cabaret Verboten, and The Glass Menagerie. Additional regional credits include Mrs. Sedgwick’s Head (Trinity Repertory Company), and Woman in Black, Quartet, The Pavilion, and Short Haired Grace (Merrimack Repertory Theatre). Mr. Emerson’s local designs include Where Elephants Weep (Cambodian Living Arts), Wind in the Willows (Gloucester Stage Company), The Order of Things (Centastage), Freedom of the City (The Súgán Theatre Company), and others. Mr. Emerson received an IRNE Award for Best Sound Design for his design of The Seafarer for SpeakEasy Stage Company, for whom he also designed The Wrestling Patient. In addition to his design work, Mr. Emerson has been the audio supervisor at the Huntington Theatre Company for the last ten years. He teaches sound design at Boston University’s School of Theatre.

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Maureen McGovern in A Long and Winding Road at the Huntington Theatre Company's second stage - The Virginia Wimberly Theatre at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. 527 Tremont St, Boston MA 02116.  Buy tickets online or call our box office at 617 266-0800. Box Office locations and hours click here.

October 4, 2009

Maureen McGovern - A Long and Winding Road

This week has been all about rehearsals for Maureen McGovern in A Long and Winding Road.  Director Phillip Himberg and Maureen began rehearsals in Boston on Tuesday. They had spent the previous week rehearsing in NY, culminating with a run thru last Sunday, and arrived in the South End with a fresh script chock full of adjustments. They were running the show again by Thursday. Today we started rehearsing in the theatre adding lights, sound and projections to the mix. Previews begin in just 5 days.

I caught a rehearsal on Friday afternoon.

The show caught me off guard, much like it did back when we workshop'd it here last March. This is the music of my youth, yet I never really considered it MY music. I thought I was too young to consider myself a baby boomer - but I looked it up just to be sure. Turns out I'm not that far off. Boomers, they say, were born between 1946 and 1964. I was born in 1965.

My mom played this music as I grew up -  on the record player and on her guitars; Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Peter Paul & Mary, and Carole King. It IS my music, and though there are a few decades between me and Maureen McGovern, there is much we share in this Long and Winding Road.

I bet you'll discover some of your life and music, too, in this uniquely American story. See you in the theatre!

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Maureen McGovern in A Long and Winding Road at the Huntington Theatre Company's second stage - The Virginia Wimberly Theatre at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. 527 Tremont St, Boston MA 02116.  Buy tickets online or call our box office at 617 266-0800. Box Office locations and hours click here.

October 1, 2009

Ronan Noone's Little Black Dress

I saw Ronan Noone at the Fences opening a couple of weeks ago. We talked about the rehearsals for a production of his new play Little Black Dress at Boston Playwrights' Theatre and he was very excited about it... he says he has the BEST cast ever!

Here's what the BPT website has to say about it:

"Following his sold-out Huntington Theatre Company production of Brendan, where he recounts an Irish immigrant’s voyage to US citizenship, and his off-Broadway smash hit starring Campbell Scott as the Midwestern journalist August Early in The Atheist, Elliot Norton Award-winner Ronan Noone continues his exploration of the American psyche in Little Black Dress. Turning the Midwestern rustic stereotype on its ear, Noone’s visceral game of risk conceals twisted dreams lurking behind the video arcade. Featuring Elliot Norton Award-winners Jeremiah Kissel* and Marianna Bassham*, along with newcomers Karl Baker Olson and Alex Pollock, Noone culls all the dark humor and pathos from the Kansas prairie where every girl wants to be Grace Kelly."

"What would you do for a string of pearls?"

BU Today has a slideshow/interview here and the Boston Globe has a preview article here. Enjoy.

Ronan is a Huntington Playwrighting Fellow, and also teaches at Boston University. I'm looking forward to heading over to campus and seeing the show after A Long and Winding Road opens. I hope I can still get in.

Tonight is opening night! Break a leg...

PS: Ronan also said he loved the changes I'd made to the blog. I think he's the only one who noticed! Thanks dude.
PPS: Click the links and read about our productions of The Atheist and Brendan from our blog archives.

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