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March 31, 2009

March 31, 2009

March has been a month full of Broadway theater openings: Blithe Spirit; 33 Variations; Exit the King; God of Carnage; Guys and Dolls; Impressionism; and West Side Story all opened in March in star-studded opening nights.


Opening Night of Guys and Dolls
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick
March 1, 2009
Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick attended the opening night of Guys and Dolls at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre at 208 West 41st Street on March 1, 2009.
Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos.

Two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff directs this brand new production of Guys And Dolls, featuring choreography by Sergio Trujillo. The musical stars Tony Award nominee Oliver Platt as Nathan Detroit, Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham, Tony nominee Craig Bierko as Sky Masterson, and Kate Jennings Grant as Sarah Brown.

Ticket Price: $50.00-$125.00 Tickets by Phone: 212-307-4100; 800-755-4000 For more information on Guys And Dolls: www.guysanddollsbroadway.com
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Nederlander Theatre | 208 West 41st Street



Jane Fonda in 33 Variations


Samantha Mathis, Jane Fonda and Moises Kaufman
Opening Night of 33 Variations
Janet Mayer / PR Photos

33 Variations, (starring Jane Fonda, Samantha Mathis and Moises Kaufman) opened on Broadway on March 9, 2009 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.

Jane Fonda heads a cast of eight in 33 Variations, a new American play written and directed by Moisés Kaufman, about Katherine Brandt (Jane Fonda) trying to solve a centuries-old mystery about the world's greatest composer. Katherine's obsession takes her from present-day New York to 19th century Austria. As the music that consumes Katherine comes to life on stage, she races against time to find common ground with her daughter and to embrace the legacy of her own life.

Tickets $111.50; $176.50 - $226.50 Premium 212-239-6200; 800-432-7250 telecharge.com

Eugene O'Neill Theatre | 230 West 49th Street

 


 

 
  Daryl Roth
Blithe Spirit Opening Night
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Cheyenne Jackson and Rachel Dratch
Blithe Spirit Opening Night
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Blithe Spirit


Opening Night of Blithe Spirit
Jayne Atkinson, Rupert Everett, Angela Lansbury and Christine Ebersole
Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos



Blithe Spirit: An Improbable Farce opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre at 255 West 44th Street on March 15, 2009.

What happens when his once-beloved won't take "til death do us part" for an answer? What happens when his new wife finds out they're not alone anymore? Can anyone conjure up a solution?

Angela Lansbury returns to Broadway in the revival of Noel Coward's classic 1941 farce Blithe Spirit, about a successful novelist haunted by his biggest fan -- his deceased first wife.

The production also stars Rupert Everett, Christine Ebersole, and Jayne Atkinson. Michael Blakemore directs.

Ticket Price: $31.50-$116.50; $151.50 - $301.50 Premium 212-239-6200; 800-432-7250 www.telecharge.com


Shubert Theatre | 225 West 44th Street


 

John Lithgow
Opening Night of Impressionism
March 22, 2009
Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

Elaine Stritch
Opening Night of Impressionism
March 22, 2009
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Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons
Opening Night of Impressionism
March 22, 2009
Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

Impressionism, starring Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons, opened at Broadway's
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre at 236 West 45th Street on March 24, 2009.

Tony Award winners Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons star in the world premiere of Michael Jacobs' Impressionism, directed by Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien.

Impressionism is the story of a world traveling photojournalist and a New York gallery owner who discover each other and also that there might be an art to repairing broken lives.

Tickets $66.50-$116.50 - 212-239-6200, 800-432-7250 & telecharge.com

impressionismtheplay.com

Schoenfeld Theatre |236 West 45th Street


 

 


Hugh Jackman
God of Carnage Opening Night
March 22, 2009
Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos


Bobby Cannavale and Sarah Paulson
God of Carnage Opening Night
March 22, 2009
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Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Jeff Daniels
God of Carnage Opening Night
March 22, 2009
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God of Carnage opened at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre at 242 West 45th on March 22, 2009.

Matthew Warchus directs Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage, in a translation by Christopher Hampton. The play is about a schoolyard dispute and its aftermath. The cast includes Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini, and Marcia Gay Harden.

Ticket Price: $66.50 - $116.50 telecharge.com
Tickets by Phone: 212-239-6200; 800-432-7250

For more information on God of Carnage: www.godofcarnage.com


Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre |242 West 45th Street



Christie Brinkley and Son Jack Paris
West Side Story Opening Night
March 19, 2009
Anthony G. Moore / PR Photos


Spike Lee and Family
West Side Story Opening Night
March 19, 2009
Anthony G. Moore / PR Photos


West Side Story opened at Broadway's Palace Theatre on March 19, 2009.

The landmark musical West Side Story returns to Broadway, directed by two-time Tony Award winning librettist Arthur Laurents.

The show transports Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to the turbulent streets of the Upper West Side in 1950's New York City. Two star-crossed lovers, Tony and Maria, find themselves caught between the rival street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds, the "Jets" and the "Sharks."

Tickets $46.50-$121.50 212-307-4100 ticketmaster.com

broadwaywestsidestory.com

Palace Theatre |1554 Broadway


 


Susan Sarandon
Exit the King Broadway Opening Night
March 26, 2009
Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

 


Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon
Exit the King Broadway Opening Night
March 26, 2009
Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos



Exit the King opened at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre at 243 West 47th Street on March 26, 2009.

Academy Award-winners Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon star in Eugene Ionesco's Exit the King, translated by Rush and director Neil Armfield.

The play is about a megalomaniacal ruler, King Berenger (Rush) whose incompetence has left his country in near ruin. Despite the efforts of Queen Marguerite (Sarandon) and the other members of the court to convince the King he has only 90 minutes left to live, he refuses to relinquish any control.

Tickets $66.50 - $116.50 at 212-239-6200; 800-432-7250 & telecharge.com

www.exitthekingonbroadway.com

Barrymore Theatre |243 W. 47th Street

 



Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter
Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos



Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter were on hand for Broadway's Tea with the Queens at the Bernard B. Jacobs Room at Sardi's at 234 West 44th Street in New York City on March 16, 2009.

Mary Stuart opens on Broadway on March 30, 2009. Tony Award winner Janet McTeer and Olivier Award winner Harriet Walter -- who both starred in the critically acclaimed London production of Mary Stuart -- reprise their roles on Broadway!

Mary Stuart is a Friedrich Schiller's thrilling account of the extraordinary relationship between England's Elizabeth I (Harriet Walter) and her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots (Janet McTeer), Elizabeth's rival to the throne. With its behind the scenes intrigue, scheming and betrayal, the play has the feel of a modern-day political thriller. The play builds to one of the most electrifying dramatic confrontations in world theatre, in which Schiller imagines a meeting between the two monarchs on the grounds at Fotheringay Castle.

Ticket Price: $64.00 - $116.50 Tickets by Phone: 212-239-6200 800-432-7250
telecharge.com

For more information on Mary Stuart: www.marystuartonbroadway.com

Broadhurst Theatre| 235 West 44th Street

 


 



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