Tony Award winner Terrence McNally embarks upon another "master class" in his unique Opera-meets-Broadway-play genre with the Broadway premiere of his new play, Golden Age. Centering on an opera composer trying to win favor with the public and his peers, McNally and the Manhattan Theatre Club partner together in this exploration of an artist's inner dilemma of trying to cement his legacy for posterity.
The play focuses on the opening night of Vincenzo Bellini's new opera I Puritani in Paris. The Italian composer is determined to win the love and admiration of not only his audience, but his rival composers as well. But as the curtain falls, will Bellini find favor in the fickle hearts of the public or has he unknowingly written his final farewell?
The cast of the Broadway premiere production of Golden Age stars Tony Award winner Richard Easton who was seen in The Invention of Love, two-time Emmy Award winner and two-time Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth of Chicago and Andrew Lippa's The Addams Family, and Emmy Award nominee Lee Pace of television's quirky "Pushing Daisies". The cast is rounded out by Dierdre Friel of Dogfight, Coco Monroe in her New York debut, Ethan Phillips of November, Lorenzo Pisoni of Humor Abuse, Will Rogers of Unnatural Acts, and Eddie Kaye Thomas of The Submission.
This Broadway premiere production of Golden Age is a limited engagement that will begin Preview performances on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, and have its official Opening Night on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at the Manhattan Theatre Club's New York City Center – Stage I located at 131 West 55th Street.
Golden Age is penned by four-time Tony Award winning playwright Terrence McNally and helmed by Tony Award-winning director Walter Bobbie. The creative team for Golden Age includes Tony Award-winning Costumer and Tony-winning Scenic Designer Santo Loquasto on Scenic Design, Jane Greenwood, of Rebecca the Musical, on Costume Design, Tony-winning Lighting Designer Peter Kaczorowski of Peter and the Starcatcher and Nice Work on Lighting Design, Ryan Rumery on Sound Design, and Tom Watson on Hair and Wig Design.
Performance schedule through the 2012 holidays:
- Tuesday, November 13 through Sunday, November 18: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday at 7:00 p.m.; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Matinee on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Please note the show will play only seven performances this week.
- Monday, November 19 through Sunday, November 25 (Thanksgiving Week): Monday, Tuesday, and Sunday at 7:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Please note there are only seven performances with no performances Wednesday or Thursday of this week.
- Monday, November 26 through Sunday, December 2: Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
- Monday, December 3 through Sunday, December 9 (Opening Week): Wednesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. There are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
- Monday, December 10 through Sunday, December 16: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. There are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
- Monday, December 17 through Sunday, December 23: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
- Monday, December 24 through Sunday, December 30 (Christmas Week): Wednesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are no performances Monday or Tuesday of this week.
- Monday, December 31 through Sunday, December 6 (New Year's Week): Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
Lead support for Golden Age is provided by Manhattan Theatre Club’s Producing Fund Partner, Andrew Martin-Weber.
For more information on the show, schedule, or to get tickets, visit the show's website.
According to the press release:
"Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past three decades, MTC productions have earned a total of 18 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Venus in Fur; Master Class; Good People; The Whipping Man; Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; The American Plan; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin’."