When two high school friends and the women they love reconnect at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas, everything changes as their relationships' status quo is threatened. The combination of sex, love, and Barry Manilow come together to provide a comedic take on the highs and lows of love.The Performers is a new romantic comedy by David West Read, who came to wide recognition for penning his acclaimed The Dream of the Burning Boy. This production of The Performers will have its Broadway premiere in the Fall of 2012 with an all-star cast that includes Cheyenne Jackson, Ari Graynor, Daniel Breaker, Jenni Barber, and television icon Henry Winkler.
The Performers is directed by Evan Cabnet who helmed Kenneth Lin's play Warrior Class at Second Stage Theatre, Outside People at the Vineyard Theatre, and All American for Lincoln Center. Set Design is by Anna Louizos who was nominated for a 2011 Lucille Lortel Award for excellence in Off-Broadway theatre. Lighting design is by Jeff Croiter, who was a 2012 Tony Award nominee for his work on the imaginative Peter and the Starcatcher. Costume Design is by Jessica Wegener Shay with Sound Design by Nevin Steinberg.
The Performers will begin Preview performances on October 23, 2012, with its official Opening Night set for November 14, 2012, at the Longacre Theatre located at 220 West 48 Street in New York City.
Marking his return to Broadway where he last appeared in 2000 in Neil Simon's The Dinner Party, Henry Winkler is perhaps best known to millions of fans as "The Fonz" from the 1970's television series "Happy Days." Winkler won two Golden Globes for this role. He has a career that spans 40 years that includes being the author of 21 children's books with his collaborator Lin Oliver. Winkler was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition for helping children with learning disabilities.
Cheyenne Jackson’s Broadway appearances include the revival of Finian's Rainbow, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination, Xanadu which earned him Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominations, All Shook Up for which he won a Theatre World Award, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Aida. His Off-Broadway credits include Damn Yankees, The Agony and The Agony, and Altar Boyz. Jackson also has extensive television experience including a recurring role on “30 Rock," and featured roles in "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Glee," "Law & Order," "Ugly Betty," "Life on Mars," and "Lipstick Jungle.”
Ari Graynor was last seen on Broadway in Relatively Speaking, and previously starred in The Little Dog Laughed and Brooklyn Boy, earning the Clarence Derwent Award for her performance. Off-Broadway credits include Trust and Dog Sees God.
Daniel Breaker starred on Broadway in the musical Passing Strange, receiving Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations and even winning the Village Voice’s Obie Award. Last seen on Broadway as “Donkey” in Shrek: the Musical, his other Broadway appearances include Lincoln Center’s Well and Cymbeline.
Jenni Barber appeared on Broadway in The 25TH Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She appeared in Brooklyn Academy of Music’s productions of As You Like It and The Tempest, both directed by Sam Mendes. Her Off-Broadway appearances include roles in The Cactus Flower and From Up Here at the famed Manhattan Theatre Club.
The Performers is produced on Broadway by Robyn Goodman, Scott M. Delman, and Amanda Lipitz.
Robyn Goodman has produced two Tony Award-winning musicals that include Avenue Q and In the Heights. Her other Broadway credits include Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Steel Magnolias, and the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story. Scott M. Delman's productions on Broadway include Death of a Salesman, The Mountaintop, Venus in Fur, The Book of Mormon, and many others. Amanda Lipitz was a producer of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Legally Blonde.