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ZACH Theatre presents IMMORTAL LONGINGS

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ZACH Theatre announces the world premiere of Immortal Longings, the newest work by playwright and American Legend Terrence McNally. Previews begin June 12 with an Opening Date of June 20 and will run through July 14 in The Topfer at ZACH. The world premiere of Immortal Longings is a thoroughly revised version of Fire and Air which premiered at the Classic Stage Company (CSC) in New York City in the winter of last year.

Four-time Tony Award®-winning playwright and LGBT activist Terrence McNally (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman) expands on Immortal Longings, “When we performed the play at CSC, it was very much a work in progress. Few plays are flawless at their world premiere. Plays are not written, they are re- written. I knew in New York that the play was not finished to my satisfaction and I was grateful when ZACH invited me to finish my work on the play with a new director, a new cast, and most importantly, a new text. A change of title, even after a first production, is not an unusual part of a play’s journey. Away We Go in Boston became Oklahoma! before Broadway.”

Immortal Longings explores the rich history of the great Russian impresario Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev and his legendary Ballets Russes, who introduced the world to such revolutionary artists as Nijinsky, Stravinsky and Picasso. Surrounded by great talents of art, design, and music, the tempestuous relationship between Diaghilev and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky revolutionizes dance forever. The play takes place as the iron claw of the Bolsheviks closes in on the free spirits of New Art, forcing them to take refuge in a liberated and liberating Paris, at the birth of the 20th Century.

On producing Immortal Longings at ZACH, Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley states, “Classic plays we love like A Streetcar Named Desire or Death of a Salesman were once new plays. It is important for the future of our culture that we are always creating new work that may become one of these lasting legacies that impacts generations of readers and writers to come. It is an opportunity to respond in the here and now to the forces in our lives, which impact a generation and imbue our lives with meaning. Terrence has had the most famous, interesting, articulate colleagues as collaborators on his work – actors, directors, designers, musicians – a lifetime of who’s who, and he brings all that knowledge and experience with him when he approaches a creative endeavor. We have the great fortune to be his students and collaborators in this moment.”

In addition to Steven Epp as Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev and Wyatt Fenner as Vaslav Nijinsky, Immortal Longings will star; James Patrick Nelson as Dmitry “Dima” Filosofov; Shannon Koob as Misia Sert; Suzanne Warmanen as Dunya; Joshua Pagan as Leonide Massine; Rachael Hanlon, Marie Pearce, Kevin Murdock-Waters, and Ian J. Bethany as Ballet Ensemble; and Rob Greenfield as Pianist.

Directed by Peter Rothstein, the production team also includes Kelli Foster Warder as Choreographer, Michael Hoover as Scenic Designer, Susan Branch Towne as Costume Designer, Serret Jensen as Hair and Makeup Designer, Philip Rosenberg as Lighting Designer, Craig Brock as Sound Designer, Scott Groh as Properties Designer, Rod Simonson as Projection Designer, Amanda Cooley Davis as Dialect Coach, and Catherine Anne Tucker as Stage Manager.

Age recommendation: Seventeen and up for adult language, sexual situations and full nudity.

Tickets start at $25 and are available online at zachtheatre.org, by phone at 512-476-0541, or in person at the ZACH Theatre Box Office, in the Topfer Theatre, 202 South Lamar Boulevard (corner of Riverside Drive and South Lamar) Monday through Saturday, 12–5p.m. ZACH Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Student Rush Tickets are $20 one hour before show time (with valid ID).

Immortal Longings opens Wednesday, June 12, 2019 and runs through Sunday, July 14, with performances on Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM and 2:30 PM on Saturday and Sundays at the ZACH’s Topfer Theatre at 202 South Lamar Blvd.

Special Events in Celebration of Immortal Longings:

  • Pride Night – Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Wednesday Post-Show Discussion – Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • ASL Interpreted, Open Captioned, and Audio Described – Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Champagne Opening and Press Night – Thursday, June 20, 2019

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Penfold Theatre presents GHOST QUARTET

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Penfold Theatre presents Dave Malloy’s spirited new musical, Ghost Quartet, at Blue Genie Art Bazaar and the Driskill Hotel October 11 to November 1, 2019.

Ghost Quartet is a happily haunted musical about love, death, and whiskey. We listen in as four friends drink and spin yarns about two fairy tale sisters, a tree house astronomer and a lazy evil bear, a subway tragedy and the ghost of Thelonious Monk. As the evening winds on and glasses empty, we realize the narrative threads are interweaving into a centuries-long tale of encounters with the otherworldly. Ghost Quartet seductively pulls at our desire to believe in ghosts and subtly asks us why these stories continue to endure and multiply in the human imagination.

The New York Times calls the piece “rapturous… [Ghost Quartet] slyly addresses the questions of why we want to believe in ghosts and feel the need to keep talking about them. And I promise you, you will believe by the evening’s end… ingenious and affecting.” The Boston Globe praises the work’s “seductive allure… Tight harmonies, compelling characters and rich musicianship draw us into a cozy world to explore our fascination with and connection to the otherworldly spirits for a uniquely thrilling evening.”

Ghost Quartet is penned by Dave Malloy, the ascending composer most known for the hit Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, which is enjoying an international tour after winning 2 Tony Awards and being nominated for 10 others. Mr. Malloy’s work has never been seen in Austin, making Penfold’s Ghost Quartet the regional premiere of both a thrilling new work and an increasingly important voice in musical theatre.

The Blue Genie Art Bazaar will be transformed into a haunted hideaway for the show’s first three weekends. Then, for two nights only – October 31st and November 1st – the production will move to the Citadel Ballroom of the Driskill Hotel. These Halloween performances will feature a special pre-show of live ghost stories, told by Penfold co-founder and Haunted Texas alumnus Nathan Jerkins, about the eerie environs of the historic Austin landmark.

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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

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Following critically acclaimed, sold-out engagements in the UK, the reimagined 50th Anniversary tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR will launch its national tour at Austin’s Bass Concert Hall from October 8 – 13, 2019. The 2017 Olivier awarding-winning production from Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre are on sale now.

Featuring award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, the North American tour of this iconic musical will be helmed by acclaimed director Timothy Sheader and cutting-edge choreographer Drew McOnie. Rounding out the creative team is set and costume design by 2016 Tony Award nominee, Tom Scutt, lighting design by Lee Curran, and music supervision by Tom Deering.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is a proven musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. As demonstrated by NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, this epic work attracted over 9.6 million viewers, earned the highest ratings in its time period, and received the highest critical ranking of any live musical event on network TV. Now, almost 10 years after the last major tour in the US, this award-winning Regent’s Park production will play over 50 markets throughout North America.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, selling out two consecutive engagements in 2016 and 2017. The production will open for a limited engagement on West End, this summer at the Barbican.

The North American tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is produced by Stephen Gabriel and Work Light Productions. The original production was produced by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

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LES MISÉRABLES

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The company of LES MISÉRABLES performs “One Day More." Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts is proud to present the Austin engagement of LES MISÉRABLES. By popular demand, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES will return to Austin at Bass Concert Hall for one-week only September 10-15, 2019. Tickets on sale now.

With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck and has been hailed as the “Les Miz for the 21st Century.”

Cameron Mackintosh said, “I’m delighted that after a four-year absence this glorious production is once again touring the major cities across North America and is more spectacular than ever.”

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring one of the greatest scores of all time, with thrilling and beloved songs including “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Do You Hear the People Sing” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Along with the Oscar-winning movie version, it has now been seen by more than 120 million people in 52 countries and in 22 languages around the globe. LES MISÉRABLES is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 33rd year.

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Boublil and Schönberg’s LES MISÉRABLES has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer from the original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, additional material by James Fenton and original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. The original LES MISÉRABLES orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke, Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker. The production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter, musical staging by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions. Music Supervision is by Stephen Brooker and James Moore, with casting by Kaitlin Shaw for Tara Rubin Casting.

LES MISÉRABLES originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on October 8, 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on December 4, 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen’s Theatre on April 3, 2004 where it continues to play to packed houses and is the only version of the original production left in the world. The original Broadway production of LES MISÉRABLES opened at the Broadway Theatre on March 12, 1987 and transferred to the Imperial Theatre on October 17, 1990 running for 6,680 performances. The original US National Tour began in November 1987 and visited over 150 cities before closing in St. Louis, MO in 2006. Broadway audiences welcomed LES MIZ back to New York on November 9, 2006 where the show played the Broadhurst Theatre until its final performance on January 6, 2008.

The new production was conceived in 2009 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary, with record-breaking productions in the U.K., Australia, Korea, Japan, Spain, France, Manila, Singapore, São Paulo and Dubai. The North American Tour traveled across the U.S. for two years then played a five-month engagement in Toronto before returning to the Imperial Theatre on Broadway in March 2014 for over 1,000 performances. The new production is currently playing to sold out houses across North America, Mexico City and on tour in the U.K and has also been seen in Brazil, Korea, Japan, Canada, Australia, Spain, France, Manila, Singapore, Dubai and Broadway..

To date, LES MISÉRABLES remains the 5th longest-running Broadway production of all time.

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