For Immediate Release:

October 20, 2017

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

(207) 646-2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org

Staged Reading of Mr. Holland’s Opus – A New Musical
to be Featured by the Ogunquit Playhouse New Works Program

Ogunquit, ME - The Ogunquit Playhouse is pleased to announce Mr. Holland’s Opus – A New Musical as the latest feature in its New Works Program. The Ogunquit Playhouse New Works Program, led by Program Director Matt Schicker, was developed by the Playhouse in 2016 to incubate and develop new musicals for the stage. On Monday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 24 at 3PM at New 42nd Street Studios in New York, NY, the New Works Program presents, by special arrangement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, an invite-only Actors' Equity Association staged reading of Mr. Holland’s Opus – A New Musical, with music by Wayne Barker and book and lyrics by BD Wong, based on the screenplay by Patrick Sheane Duncan. Mr. Holland’s Opus tells the story of an aspiring young composer working as a music teacher in a public high school in the 1960s to make ends meet. As the years go by, he grows further from his dreams and experiences decades of disappointment, regret, and difficulties both in the dwindling of support for arts education, and within his own family, as he raises his hard of hearing son Cole with his wife, Iris.

The reading will be directed by BD Wong, with music direction by Matthew Perri. The staged reading will feature James Edward Alexander, Gilbert Bailey II, Anastasia Barzee, David Beach, Joshua Castille, Cindy Cheung, Bonale Fambrini, Tyler Hanes, Jessica M. Humphrey, Kennedy Kanagawa, Amy Jo Jackson, John McGinty, Manu Narayan, Olivia Oguma, Chris Orbach, Nataysha Rey, and Tonilyn E. Sideco.

Ogunquit Playhouse Executive Artistic Director Bradford Kenney stated, “We are proud to collaborate with BD Wong and Wayne Barker on their wonderful vision of Mr. Holland’s Opus the Musical. We are looking forward to introducing this beloved story in a unique and diverse way.”

Wayne Barker (Composer) received a Tony nomination and won the Drama Desk Award for composing the score of Peter and the Starcatcher, composed music for the HBO series A Little Curious as well as for four different Dame Edna stage shows written by and starring Barry Humphries (two of those on Broadway).

BD Wong (Librettist/Lyricist) co-authored (with Robert Lee) the 2016 La Jolla Playhouse Pop Tour production of Alice Chan, which he also directed. He directed Speak Up Connie at the All For One Festival, The Yellow Wood at the NYMF festival, and authored the critically acclaimed memoir Following Foo (Harper). As an actor he received a Tony Award for his performance in M. Butterfly and an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Whiterose in the USA series, “Mr. Robot”.
 


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

September 26, 2017

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

(207) 646-2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org

Ogunquit Playhouse to Stage From Here to Eternity

Ogunquit, ME — The Ogunquit Playhouse is honored to be part of the North American rollout of the new musical From Here to Eternity, on stage October 4 through 29. The musical is based on the acclaimed novel (which also became a multi-Academy Award-winning film), by James Jones with lyrics by Tim Rice, book by Donald Rice and Bill Oakes and music by Stuart Brayson. As part of its development path to Broadway, Sir Tim Rice is collaborating with the Ogunquit creative team to mount this compelling new musical set in Hawaii in the weeks before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. “The epic story by WWII veteran James Jones, From Here to Eternity, is one of the most searing, honest and romantic views of the men and women who served our country during World War II. The way in which this story had to be told more than 60 years ago due to censorship, softened some of the reality of military life at that time. Today, we are able to tell the story as it was originally intended, revealing the grit and intrigue of military life that Mr. Jones experienced. It has been a great honor to collaborate with Sir Tim Rice, Donald Rice, Brett Smock and our entire creative team on this new musical adaptation to tell this iconic American story in a new way,” said Ogunquit Playhouse Executive Artistic Director Bradford Kenney.

This epic tale follows the powerful story of two U.S soldiers, the soulful Private Prewitt played by Derek Carleyand ardent Sergeant Warden, played by Kevin Aichele, as they embark on doomed and dangerous love affairs with the wrong women. The sultry wife of G Company’s commanding officer, Karen Holmes, is played by Robyn Hurder, and Lorene, the beautiful escort who is looking to make a better life for herself, is played by Jenna Nicole Schoen. As the infamous date of December 7th approaches, the claustrophobic world of the four lovers and the desperation of the soldiers of G Company splinter amidst an escalating war. The compelling story of men at war along with a fantastic new score is not to be missed.

Returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse is Bradley Dean as Captain Dana Holmes, commanding officer of G Company. Mr. Dean last appeared in 2016’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame as Frollo, for which he was nominated for an Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award for Best Actor in a Musical. On Broadway he has starred in numerous productions including Dear Evan HansenA Little Night Music, The Last Ship, Doctor Zhivago, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Story of My Life, Evita, and Man of La Mancha.

Kevin Aichele (First Sergeant Milton Warden) most recently portrayed Warden in the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival production of From Here to Eternity. Some of his selected credits include, Sam in Mamma Mia!, Captain Von Trapp in Sound of Music, and Javert in Les MiserablesDerek Carley (Private Robert E. Lee Prewitt) regional credits include Ghost, Daddy Long Legs, Titanic, Big, and Gay Bride of Frankenstein, and he was in the first National Tour of FlashdanceRobyn Hurder (Karen Holmes) returns to the Ogunquit Playhouse after previously starring as Norma Cassidy in 2015’s Victor/Victoria. On Broadway she has performed in Nice Work if You Can Get It, Grease, Chicago, Wedding Singer, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Ms. Hurder starred in NYCC Encores! productions of The New Yorkers, and Paint Your Wagon, as well as Off-Broadway in Play It Cool. She was in the National Tours of A Chorus Line, Monty Python’s Spamalot, and Starlight ExpressJenna Nicole Schoen (Lorene) recently appeared in the National Tour of Jersey Boys. Her regional theatre credits include CATS and Monty Python’s Spamalot at Pittsburgh CLO, Theory of Relativity at Goodspeed Opera Houseand La Cage Aux Folles at Theatre By The Sea. Michael Tacconi (Private Angelo Maggio) is reprising his role from the Finger Lakes production of From Here to Eternity, and recently portrayed Nick in New World Stage’s Bare. Mr. Tacconi has also appeared on television on ABC’s The Family, and LMN’s I Love You…But I Lied. Reed Campbell returns to the Ogunquit Playhouse as Sergeant James Judson. He was seen earlier this season in his critically acclaimed performance as the hit-man “Cheech” in Bullets Over Broadway. Mr. Campbell was Cookie McGee in the National Tour of Nice Work If You Can Get It, and performed off-Broadway in Important Hats Of The Twentieth Century at the Manhattan Theatre Club, in The Comedy Of Errors at The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park, and regionally as Judas Iscariot in Stage 773’s The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot. 

Director and choreographer for From Here to Eternity is Brett Smock. Mr. Smock is the Producing Artistic Director of the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival and Merry Go Round Playhouse in Auburn, New York. He served as the Producer and Director/Choreographer of the North American premiere of From Here to Eternity in 2016, and will be continuing the development of the production in Ogunquit. Mr. Smock has served as Director and Choreographer for over 85 shows, including Parade, Saturday Night Fever, The Light in the Piazza, Treasure Island, and They Shoot Horses, Don’t They, as well as the regional premiere of Stardust, and a new version of Putting It Together, with the permission of Stephen Sondheim.

Music Director for From Here to Eternity is Vadim Feichtner. Mr. Feichtner has worked on many Off-Broadway productions including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeFalsettosFly By Night, A New Brain, Little Miss Sunshine, Nobody Loves You, Infinite Joy, Ordinary Day, and I Sing!. On television he has worked on Last Week Tonight and Live from Lincoln Center.

Fight Director for From Here to Eternity is Christopher ElstHe has performed, directed, and designed for many theaters across the country and is a Certified Teacher and Secretary of the Governing Body with the Society of American Fight Directors, and an Associate Instructor with Dueling Arts International.

Returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse as Costume Designer for From Here to Eternity is Dustin Cross. Most recently Mr. Cross designed the costumes for World Premiere of Heartbreak Hotel at the Ogunquit Playhouse. His work on Broadway includes The 24Hour Plays and Off-Broadway in numerous productions including, The Glass Menagerie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Spamilton, for which he won an Off-Broadway Alliance Award and was nominated for Best Costume Design by Outer Critics Circle. Mr. Cross’s costume designs can also be seen in the upcoming film, Little Button Girl, starring Dick Van Dyke.

Stanley A. Meyer is the Set Designer for From Here to Eternity, returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse after last designing for 2016’s Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. He has designed sets for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Broadway and worldwide, and for many regional productions including Saturday Night Fever at FLMTF, Aida at Alliance Theatre, and WarholCapote at American Repertory Theater. Mr. Meyer has won multiple Dramalogue Awards for his design work and has been nominated for both the New York Outer Critics Circle Award and the American Theatre Wing Design Award.

Resident Lighting Designer, Richard Latta, is designing the lighting for the Ogunquit Playhouse production of From Here to Eternity. Mr. Latta has created the lighting design for dozens of Ogunquit productions, including most recently Mamma Mia!, Bullets Over BroadwayRagtime, Heartbreak Hotel, Anything Goes, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame for which he received a nomination for Best Lighting Design by the IRNE Awards. Christopher Ashjoins the creative team as Projection Designer for From Here to Eternity. His work on Broadway includes Sunday at the Park with George and regionally at Guthrie, Yale Reparatory, Bucks County Playhouse, Classic Stage Co, Old Globe, San Diego Reparatory, Laguna Playhouse, Lyric Opera Chicago, Charlotte Ballet, and River North, among many others. Sound designer for From Here to Eternity is Kevin Heard, returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse for his eleventh production, after designing for Mamma Mia! and Ragtime this season. Mr. Heard was the sound designer for the Finger Lakes production of From Here to Eternity last summer, and has been Associate Sound Designer for All The Way, The Cherry Orchard, The Country House, and Sylvia, on Broadway, as well as for Fun Home and Kinky Boots internationally.

Don’t miss the final show of the 85th Anniversary season, From Here to Eternity, at the Ogunquit Playhouse! Individual tickets are on sale and prices start at $52 each. To learn more about becoming a Playhouse member, or to purchase tickets and gift cards, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511.

The Ogunquit Playhouse production of the holiday classic Irving Berlin’s White Christmas returns to the Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH November 29 to December 17. For tickets or more information visit www.themusichall.org or call 603-436-2400.
 


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For Immediate Release:

September 18, 2017

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

(207) 646-2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org

 Contact:

Brian Swasey, Associate Producer
(207) 251-7010
bswasey@ogunquitplayhouse.org

Anthony Daniel, Casting Director
casting@ogunquitplayhouse.org

Ogunquit Playhouse Announces Auditions for Holiday Production of White Christmas

The Ogunquit Playhouse is holding children’s auditions for the upcoming production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Auditions will take place on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Colony Rehearsal Studio behind the Ogunquit Playhouse at 48 Hartwig Lane in Ogunquit, Maine. 

Auditions are by appointment only.  To schedule an appointment time, please email casting@ogunquitplayhouse.org 

Participants must prepare a short traditional musical theatre song, in their key, and bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Performers should bring a picture with a resume/performance experience stapled to the back. Actors must be available for rehearsal period and to perform in all designated shows during the run of November 29 through December 17 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH.

The character role being sought is the following:

SUSAN:  (9-12 years old, 4’5” and under, to play 9 years old) The General's granddaughter, Susan is a lovable and outgoing kid. She is very smart, wise beyond her years, and cares deeply about her grandfather. Once bitten hard by the showbiz bug, she demonstrates everything that is winning in the ultimate child performer.

For sides and more information please visit: http://www.ogunquitplayhouse.org/auditions

Directions: 

From the south – Take exit #7 off I 95 and left on Rt 1 in York, ME.  Travel 7 miles north to Ogunquit. Take first right onto Bourne Lane then the last right at the Barn Gallery. Make a sharp right onto Hartwig Lane and follow to end.

From the north – Travel through the Center of Ogunquit on Rt. 1 through yellow blinking light, passing the Meadowmere Resort on the left and take a left onto Bourne Lane, then the last right at the Barn Gallery. Make a sharp right onto Hartwig Lane and follow to end.

On stage now at the Ogunquit Playhouse is Heartbreak Hotel running from through September 30. Closing the Ogunquit Playhouse season is From Here to Eternity on stage October 4 to 29. The Irving Berlin classic White Christmas will be presented just in time for the holidays, November 29 to December 17 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511.


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August 25, 2017

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(207) 646-2402 ext. 215

cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org

Ogunquit Playhouse Set to Stage the World Premiere of Heartbreak Hotel

Ogunquit, ME — From the creator of Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet, the Ogunquit Playhouse is proud to produce the World Premiere of Heartbreak Hotel, as part of its 85th anniversary season, on stage August 30 to September 30. This brand new musical tells the story of Elvis Presley’s journey from an unknown musician to the cusp of his super-stardom. This new musical features hit songs from the King himself, as well as the legends who influenced his iconic music, with chart-toppers including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Tutti Frutti,” “That’s All Right,” “Shake Rattle and Roll,” and, of course, “Heartbreak Hotel.”

Executive Artistic Director Bradford T. Kenney stated, “Throughout this year I have had the privilege of working very closely with Floyd Mutrux, the creator of the Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet on its prequel, Heartbreak Hotel, now making its premiere on our stage. It has been an incredible journey working hand in hand with Floyd, the commercial partners, and Authentic Brands Group/Elvis Presley Enterprises, to bring the rich story and music of Elvis to life. Elvis became one of the great icons of our popular culture. He made a lasting imprint on our society, and his career changed the course of popular music, not only in our country, but around the world – all during a time of great change in America. I am thrilled that Ogunquit audiences will be the first to see this exciting new show.”

This brand new tribute to the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” features actors who also play all their own instruments. It stars Eddie Clendening in the role of Elvis Presley, as well as Co-Musical Director. Mr. Clendening originated the role of Elvis in the Broadway production of Million Dollar Quartet, which he played for 1500 performances, and later Off-Broadway for 523 performances. He will recreate the role for this tender story that follows Elvis Presley in the early years of his bourgeoning career as he and Sam Phillips create the music that will forever change their lives. As Elvis’ career skyrockets, both lifting and shattering the lives of those he loves, a secret love story is revealed, a betrayal is discovered, and “Colonel” Tom Parker changes the course of history. When describing the show, Writer/Director Floyd Mutrux explained, “This is the story of 18 months of the life of a truck driver, and how he and his music impacted the world around him.”

Jerry Kernion makes his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse as Col. Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s long-time manager. Mr. Kernion has performed around the world with The Reduced Shakespeare Company for the last 15 years; many regional and international productions including Cirque du Soliels’ The BeatlesLOVECirque du Soliels’ BananaShpeel; and various shows at regional theatres including Laguna Playhouse, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, and many more.

Joining the cast as Sam Phillips, the record producer who founded Sun Records and is credited with discovering Elvis Presley, is Matt McKenzie. He recently debuted on Broadway in Monday After the Miracle with Jane Alexander, directed by Arthur Penn. He's played leading roles at many regional theatres across the country. In the Academy Award-winning film Gods and Monsters, he played Colin Clive opposite Sir Ian McKellan.

Also returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse is Christopher Sutton who will portray Dewey Phillips, one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s early disc jockeys. He was last seen on the Ogunquit stage as Prince Herbert in Spamalot. In New York he has appeared as Mark Antony in The Harlem Shakespeare Festival’s Antony and CleopatraHenry VIAncient HistoryI Love You, You're PerfectNow Change, and the World Premieres of Flight of the Lawnchair ManLissabonLola-LolaBloodtiesValuevilleHell Is For Real, and The It Girl directed by Jerry Zaks. Mr. Sutton played Prince Herbert in Monty Python's Spamalot (Outstanding Actor Award) for over 1,200 performances under the direction of Mike Nichols, and is a recipient of the Barrymore Award (The Buddy Holly Story), and the Sudler National Prize in the Arts. His regional credits include MemphisElfBlood BrothersCarouselOf Mice and MenDesire Under the ElmsTwelfth Night, and As You Like It.

Los Angeles music scene veteran Geno Henderson serves as Co-Music Director and also appears as B.B. King, Ike Turner and Chuck Berry in this production. Mr. Henderson is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, who has toured, recorded and/or made television with: The Gap Band (featuring Charlie Wilson), The Pointer Sisters, Billy Preston, Roberta Flack, James Ingram and Patti Austin (at Carnagie Hall), Smokey Robinson, Sly Stone, and many others. In 2011, he made his Broadway debut originating the role of Jocko Henderson in the musical Baby It’s You.

Bassist Nathan Yates Douglass returns to the Ogunquit Playhouse as Bill Black, one of the pioneers of Rock ‘n’ Roll music and bassist in Elvis Presley's trio in the early days of his career. He was last seen on the Ogunquit stage in the 2016 production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Million Dollar Quartet. His National Tour credits include The Buddy Holly Story and The Tammy Wynette Story, and Off-Broadway On the Bum.

Drummer Jamie Pittle will perform as DJ Fontana, a drummer for the Louisiana Hayride radio broadcasts and Elvis Presley’s drummer for fifteen years. Mr. Pittle appeared Off-Broadway in the US Premiere of Missed Connectionsand Requiem for a Lost Girl. In regional theatres he has appeared in Million Dollar Quartet as Fluke, and The Buddy Holly Story as Jerry Allison. Guitarist Matt Codina will make his acting debut in Heartbreak Hotel as Scotty Moore, the guitarist and recording engineer who was known for backing Elvis Presley in the first part of his career, up to the beginning of Elvis's Hollywood years.

Brenna Bloom portrays Marion and the queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson. She has performed Off-Broadway in One Day and in regional theatres in such productions as Spring Awakening, ChicagoGrease and A Chorus Line. Erin Burniston plays Elvis’ girlfriend Dixie Lock. She recently performed in the National Tour of Spring Awakening and in regional theatre productions of GypsyLa Cage Aux FollesHello, Dolly!George M!Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and many more.

Kara Mikula joins the cast as Gladys/ensemble, returning to the Playhouse after last being seen as Mrs. Hoallum in the 2016 production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She has performed Off-Broadway in Classic Stage Company’s Allegro and in the National Tour of White ChristmasFallon Goodson is making her debut on the Ogunquit Stage as Alice from Dallas/ensemble. She has appeared in numerous films such as Maladies starring Catherine Keener, David Strathairn and James Franco, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2013; L!fe Happens starring Kate Bosworth, Krysten Ritter and Jason Biggs and is the lead in Eli Roth's upcoming film Lake Mead. Terita Redd joins the cast as Rosetta Tharpe/ensemble. She has appeared on Broadway in Leap of Faith, Hairspray, Caroline or Change, and Rent as well as the First National Tours of Ain’t Misbehavin' and Rent. Her regional theatre credits include HairsprayAin’t Misbehavin’Beehive and The Wiz. Musician and solo artist, Berlando Drake plays Ruth Brown/ensemble. She is an Image Award nominee who has performed on Broadway in Baby It’s You and in regional theatre productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Bad Water, For Colored Girls, and Showboat.  

Director and writer for Heartbreak Hotel is Floyd Mutrux, who is the co-author of the Tony award-winning Million Dollar Quartet and the co-author/director of the Tony nominated Broadway production of Baby It's You! Mr. Mutrux has worked at Alley Theatre, Houston; Second City, Chicago; and studied in New York at Columbia University. In Los Angeles, he created, wrote, directed or produced fifty films over 25 years including American Hot WaxScarecrow (Best Film, Cannes), Hollywood Knights, Urban Cowboy, The Untouchables, American Me, Freebie and the Bean, Up in Smoke, and Dick Tracy.

Birgitte Mutrux joins the creative team as Choreographer. She choreographed Million Dollar Quartet in the original Florida production and Baby It’s You! on Broadway (NAACP Theatre Award-Best Choreography). For the last decade, she has collaborated on projects with her husband, Floyd Mutrux.

Music Supervisor for the Ogunquit Playhouse production of Heartbreak Hotel is John Banister. Mr. Banister was the Music Supervisor for the very successful 2013 Ogunquit production of Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story and is the Music Supervisor for Buddy Worldwide Productions. He has appeared in several West End, London productions including Great Balls of FireJailhouse Rock, and The Sound of Music.  

Returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse as Costume Designer for Heartbreak Hotel is Dustin Cross. His work can be seen on Broadway in The 24Hour Plays and Off-Broadway in numerous productions including Spamilton, for which he won an Off Broadway Alliance Award and was a Outer Critics Circle nominee, The Glass Menagerie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Other Josh Cohen, and Cougar: The Musical. Mr. Cross’s costume designs can be seen in the upcoming film, Little Button Girl, starring Dick Van Dyke.

Ogunquit Playhouse Resident Lighting Designer, Richard Latta, is the lighting designer for Heartbreak Hotel. Mr. Latta has created the lighting for dozens of Ogunquit Playhouse productions, including most recently Mamma Mia!, Bullets Over BroadwayRagtime, Anything Goes, and Million Dollar Quartet, in addition to many regional theatres in the US. He recently was nominated for Best Lighting Design by the IRNE Awards for the 2016 Ogunquit Playhouse production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Adam Koch is the Set Designer for Heartbreak Hotel. He is returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse after previously working on Sister ActSaturday Night Fever, and Mamma Mia!. Mr. Koch was nominated for Best Scenic Design by the IRNE Awards for the 2016 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Brad Peterson joins the creative team as Projection Designer for Heartbreak Hotel. On Broadway he has worked on the 2016 revival of CATS as well as Fish in the Dark. Some of Mr. Peterson’s numerous regional credits include Bring It! Live, A Little Night Music, Carousel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, On the Town, and 9 to 5.

Sound designer for Heartbreak Hotel is Don Hanna, returning to the Playhouse where his past credits include 2016’s Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and 2013’s Young Frankenstein. He was Sound Designer for the Regional Premieres of Saturday Night Fever, Rock of Ages, and The Addams Family


For Immediate Release:

August 16, 2017

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

(207) 646-2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org

Ogunquit Playhouse Cast Honored with Special Guests During Heartbreak Hotel Rehearsal

As the world turns its attention to Graceland this week to honor the 40th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s passing, the Authentic Brand Group/Elvis Presley Enterprises visited the cast of the Ogunquit Playhouse world premiere production of Heartbreak Hotel during rehearsal in New York City today. They got a sneak peak of the musical, Elvis’ music, and his cultural impact on America as he became the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Pictured with Bradford T. Kenney, Ogunquit Playhouse Executive Artistic Director, are Floyd and Birgitte Mutrux, creators of the new musical; Jamie Bendell from Big Block LA; the cast and creative team of Heartbreak Hotel; Marc Rosen, SVP Business Development; Katie Jones, VP Entertainment; Jim Gibb, Creative Director for ABG.

Heartbreak Hotel, is on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine from August 30 to September 30. This world premiere musical features hit songs from the King himself as well as the legends who influenced his iconic music, with chart-toppers including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Tutti Frutti,” “That’s All Right Mamma,” “Shake Rattle and Roll,” and, of course, “Heartbreak Hotel.” Individual tickets are on sale now, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.com or call the Box Office at
207-646-5511. 

About the Ogunquit Playhouse:

The Ogunquit Playhouse, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization listed on the National Historic Register, is located on Route One in Ogunquit, Maine and produces the finest Broadway musicals each season with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from May 17 to October 29. Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Twitter (@OgunquitPH) and on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse) for behind-the-scenes info, photos and fun throughout the season. For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the season visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.


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For Immediate Release:

July 24, 2017

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

(207) 646-2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org

Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime Opens August 2 at the Ogunquit Playhouse

Ogunquit, ME – The Ogunquit Playhouse is proud to create an all new production of the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime, on stage from August 2 to August 26. This sweeping musical is complete with a cast and creative team of Broadway veterans including Kirsten Scott, Jamie LaVerdiere, Darnell Abraham, Lindsay Roberts, Tony-Award nominee Josh Young, Director Seth Sklar-Heyn and Set and Projection Designer Tim Mackabee. The Ogunquit production will also feature the original Tony-nominated costumes by Santo Loquasto.

Ragtime tells the story of three families trying to find their way during the turn of the twentieth century in New York City; each struggling with the changing cultural climate in America and each facing the promise of hope and new beginnings in the midst of prejudice and bigotry. A stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician are each united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair... and what it means to live in America. Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, Ragtime is the winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. Called by Time Magazine “A triumph for the stage,” “Intoxicating” by the Associated Press, and "Explosive and thrilling!” by Bloomberg News, this acclaimed musical is filled with pageantry, emotion and hope, bursting onto the stage like no other show.

“Truly a story we need to tell at this point in our nation’s history, Ragtime is one of the most powerful shows ever written for the stage, and possibly my favorite show of all time,” stated Executive Artistic Director Bradford Kenney. “To tell this compelling story we have brought together a stellar creative team led by Director Seth Sklar-Heyn. Broadway set designer Tim Mackabee has also joined the team to create an all-new set for our Ogunquit production. I am looking forward to a production of Ragtime that we all will be so very proud of.”

Making her debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse is Kirsten Scott, as Mother. Ms. Scott’s numerous Broadway roles include Young Phyllis, in the 2012 revival and cast album of Follies, Jenny Hill in Big Fish, and Lorraine in Jersey Boys. Regionally she was the Narrator in Stages St. Louis’ Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mary in Goodspeed Opera House’s A Wonderful Life, and Laurey in Lyric Theater’s Oklahoma!. Additionally, Ms. Scott has appeared in ABC’s Quantico and All My Children, as well as in the 2017 film, Green.

Joining Ms. Scott in his Playhouse debut as Father is Jamie LaVerdiere. On Broadway, Mr. LaVerdiere has performed in The Producers, Pirate Queen, and Motown, as well as the National Tours of Urinetown, Motown, and A Chorus Line. Recently, he has starred as John Adams in both CT Repertory and John W Engeman Theater’s productions of 1776. Mr. LaVerdiere’s film credits include The Producers and Hell Is Other People, winner of Best Comedy at the Boston Library Film Festival. He can also be seen on Comedy Central’s TV Funhouse.

Josh Young, returns to Ogunquit to portray Tateh. He last appeared on the Ogunquit Playhouse stage as Marius in 2008’s highly acclaimed production of Les Miserables. Mr. Young originated the role of John Newton in the World Premiere of Amazing Grace on Broadway. In 2012, he received a Tony Award nomination and Theatre World Award for his acclaimed Broadway debut as Judas in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Mr. Young also appeared in two seasons at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival where his credits included Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Connie Rivers in Grapes of Wrath, and Che in Evita, each of which earned him a Broadway World Award. He also appeared in the National Tour of Les Miserables as Marius, as Che in the National Tour of Evita, and as Tony in the 50th Anniversary International Tour of West Side Story.

Darnell Abraham joins the cast of Ragtime as Coalhouse. His recent regional credits include Coalhouse in the Barrington Stage Company’s production of Ragtime, Nakawa in Disney’s Festival of the Lion King, and Jake in Media Theatre’s Side Show. Mr. Abraham has also been featured in Symphony Space’s Project Broadway, the Tekken 7 Soundtrack through Bandai Namco Entertainment, and the NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles.

Lindsay Roberts is cast as Sarah. Regionally she has performed in Sister Act, Memphis, Shadowboxer, The Phantom Tollbooth, My Fair Lady, and Sweeny Todd. Ms. Roberts received a IRNE Nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her 2016 performance as Queenie in Fiddlehead Theater’s Showboat. She has performed in the National Tours of Porgy and Bess, Memphis, and After Midnight as well as in The Golden Apple, The New Yorkers, Lady, Be Good, and Gentleman Prefer Blondes at City Center Encores!.

Playing Younger Brother in the Ogunquit production is Julian Decker who recently was seen in the Broadway revivals of Sunset Boulevard and Les Miserables. He has performed in regional theatres across the U.S. in many productions including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Bye, Bye Birdie, and Singin’ in the Rain.

Portraying Emma is Klea Blackhurst who is known for her award-winning tribute to Ethel Merman, Everything The Traffic Will Allow, as well as her many regional theatre credits that include the world premiere of Drury Lane, The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis, and the 50th Anniversary production of Hello Dolly!.

Directing Ragtime is Seth Sklar-Heyn. Since 2013, he has served as the Executive Producer for Cameron Mackintosh Inc. in New York. Mr. Sklar-Heyn is the Executive Producer and Associate Director for the 2017 Broadway revival of Miss Saigon, and is the Production Supervisor for The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, as well as the Associate Director for the North American tour, which opened in the fall of 2013. Additionally, he directed the 2009 US tour of Frost/Nixon, the second National US tour of Billy Elliot, and the most recent US tour of Evita, based on the original staging of Michael Grandage. Mr. Sklar-Heyn was the Executive Producer for the 2014 Broadway revival of Les Miserables and has worked as Associate and Assistant director on numerous Broadway productions, including Evita, A Little Night Music, Finian’s Rainbow, Good Vibrations, Mary Stuart, Rock’n’Roll, Frost/Nixon, and The Coast of Utopia.

Jesse Robb joins the Ragtime production as choreographer. He was the Dance Captain/Swing for the World Premiere of The Lord of the Rings at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, as well as the Associate Resident Choreographer for We Will Rock You at the Canon Theatre. Mr. Robb has performed in Beauty and the Beast at Walt Disney World, and with the First National tour of Fame. As an instructor, Mr. Robb has taught for Cirque Du Soliel’s touring production of Delerium, and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal.

Ragtime fight director is Joe Bostick who has worked on the Broadway productions of Miss Saigon, Les Miserables and Ragtime. In addition to his many credits as fight director, he is also a founding member of Fight Directors of Canada and has taught in many universities and theatre schools in both Canada and the U.S.

Scenic and projection design for Ragtime was created by Timothy Mackabee. Mr. Mackabee has designed numerous sets for performances on and off Broadway, including The Elephant Man, starring Bradley Cooper, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, directed by Spike Lee, and Guards at the Taj, for which he won a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Set Design in 2016. Regionally he has worked with ACT San Francisco, Ford’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, Yale Repertory Theatre, The Muny, and nine seasons of Williamstown Theatre Festival, among many others. On television, Mr. Mackabee’s work can be seen on NBC’s The Today Show, HBO’s Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, FOX’s Gotham, and NBC’s Smash.

Ogunquit Playhouse Resident Lighting Designer, Richard Latta, is the lighting designer for Ragtime. He recently was nominated for Best Lighting Design by the IRNE Awards for his work on the Playhouse’s 2016 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Mr. Latta has created the lighting for dozens of Ogunquit Playhouse productions, including most recently Mamma Mia!, Bullets Over Broadway, Sister Act, Anything Goes, Million Dollar Quartet, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and White Christmas in addition to many regional theatres in the U.S.

Also joining the creative team is Jeffrey Campos, who returns to the Playhouse as Music Director for Ragtime. A veteran of the Playhouse, Mr. Campos has worked on numerous performances including 2017’s Mamma Mia! and 2015’s Saturday Night Fever, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and Victor/Victoria.

Sound designer for Ragtime is Kevin Heard, returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse for his tenth production. Mr. Heard has been Associate Sound Designer for All The Way, The Cherry Orchard, The Country House, and Sylvia, on Broadway, as well as for Fun Home and Kinky Boots internationally at Atlantis Theatrical in Manila. He has worked with numerous production companies across the country, including The 5th Avenue, ACT Theatre, ArtsEmerson, Asolo Rep, Seattle Rep, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Village Theatre, among others.

The season continues with the world premiere of Heartbreak Hotel, the new musical from the creators of Million Dollar Quartet, on stage August 30 to September 30. This brand new tribute to the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” is the prequel to the Tony-winning, record-setting, smash hit Million Dollar Quartet and follows Elvis Presley in the early years of his bourgeoning career. Closing the landmark season is From Here to Eternity, on stage October 4 to October 29. The Ogunquit Playhouse is honored to be collaborating with Sir Tim Rice on the rollout of the North American premiere of this epic new musical set in Hawaii in the weeks before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

Mark your calendars now and get ready to see every show this year. Individual tickets are on sale and prices start at $52 each. To learn more about becoming a Playhouse member, or to purchase tickets, show subscriptions and gift cards, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511.

About the Ogunquit Playhouse:
The Ogunquit Playhouse, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization listed on the National Historic Register, is located on Route One in Ogunquit, Maine and produces the finest Broadway musicals each season with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from May 17 to October 29. Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Twitter (@OgunquitPH) and on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse) for behind-the-scenes info, photos and fun throughout the season. For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the season visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 June 27, 2017

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(207) 646-2402 ext. 215

cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org

Vincent Pastore and Sally Struthers to star in Bullets Over Broadway at the Ogunquit Playhouse

Ogunquit, Maine–The Ogunquit Playhouse takes audience on a hilarious trip back to the Roaring Twenties with their production of the musical adaptation of Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath’s madcap film, Bullets Over Broadway on stage from July 5 – July 29. Hailed by Time Magazine as “Musical Theatre Gold!,” Bullets Over Broadway is the side-splitting musical comedy about the making of a Broadway show, filled with tap dancing gangsters, saucy showgirls, big laughs and colorful characters. A young playwright who is in desperate need of financial backing for his next show accepts an offer he can’t refuse from a gangster looking to please his ditzy, talentless girlfriend. Stage and screen star Vincent Pastore is cast as the mobster Nick Valenti, joined by Emmy-winnerSally Struthers who returns to the Playhouse as the dog-toting Eden Brent. Loaded with songs that made the '20s roar, this six-time Tony-nominated musical features hits from the decedent decade, including "Let's Misbehave," "'Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do" and "There's a New Day Comin'!"

Vincent Pastore makes his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse reprising the role of Nick Valenti, which he originated in the Broadway production of Bullets Over Broadway. He is best known for his long running performance on HBO’s The Sopranos, as well as his work on HBO’s 1996 television movie, Gotti and ABC’s The Practice. His numerous film roles include Goodfellas, RevolverMade, and The Hurricane. On stage, he has played the role of Amos Hart in Chicago. His Off-Broadway roles include Queen for the Day and Lampost Reunion.

Two-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Sally Struthers joins the cast as the dog-toting Eden Brent. She is probably best known for her role as Gloria in the groundbreaking TV series All in the Family. She has also starred in the Fox television series 9 to 5 and her own CBS series Gloria, as well as recurring roles on the CBS comedy Still Standing and the CW network’s highly acclaimed Gilmore Girls. Ms. Struthers joined the Gilmore cast for Netflix’s new four movie limited revival, which premiered in the fall of 2016, and recently guest starred in the acclaimed IFC comedy series Maron. Sally Struthers has performed many roles at Ogunquit Playhouse including last season’s Anything Goes as the socialite Evangeline Harcourt, as the Duchess Estonia Dulworth in Nice Work If You Can Get It, as Louise Seger in Always, Patsy Cline, Mama Morton in Chicago, Paulette the hairdresser in Legally Blonde and as Felicia Gabriel in The Witches of Eastwick.

John Rochette is making his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse as young playwright, David Shayne. On Broadway, he starred as Norm Waxman in Jersey Boys. Off-Broadway, he’s performed with Blue Man Group at Center Blue Man and some of his many regional credits include Elvis in Million Dollar Quartet, as well as Sir Lancelot in Spamalot and Frank N Furter in Rocky Horror Picture Show. He has performed on television on NBC’s Guiding Light, and on ABC’s One Life to Live and All My Children.

Joining the cast is Reed Campbell, in his Ogunquit Playhouse debut as Cheech. He was Cookie McGee in the National Tour of Nice Work If You Can Get It, and performed off-Broadway in Important Hats Of The Twentieth Century at the Manhattan Theatre Club, in The Comedy Of Errors at The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park, and regionally as Judas Iscariot in Stage 773’s The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot. On television, he’s starred as C.O. Will Frank in Netflix’s hit series Orange Is The New Black and on NBC’s The Blacklist: Redemption. He is the co-creator of BROdway and Broadway Late Night on The Broadway Channel.

Reprising her role from the First National Tour of Bullets Over Broadway as Olive Neal is Jemma Jane. Her overseas credits include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Texas in Cabaret, and as the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Kenny Morris is making his Ogunquit debut as Julian Marx, the producer that enlists the help of a wealthy gangster to help pay for David Shayne’s play. On Broadway, he’s starred in Hairspray, Les Miserables, and the 20th Anniversary of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. He was a member of the National companies of Kinky Boots, Hairspray, Sunset Boulevard, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He was nominated for a Barrymore Award for Best Supporting Actor for his regional performance in Funnyman at Arden Theatre. He can be seen on film in Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick, and on television on ABC’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent and NBC’s Third Watch.

John Paul Almon joins the cast as Warner Purcell. His Broadway and National credits include, Karpathy in the Kennedy Center’s My Fair Lady, Tussaud in The Scarlet Pimpernel, and as a performer in the past twelve seasons of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regionally he was in the World Premiere of The Bridges of Madison County at Williamstown, and in the Carbonnell Award-winning, Romeo and Bernadette at Paper Mill Playhouse.

Joining the cast as Helen Sinclair in her Playhouse debut is Michele Ragusa. On Broadway, she’s starred as Elizabeth in Young Frankenstein, as Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, and as Pennywise in Urinetown, among others. Regionally she’s performed in Mame, Hello Dolly, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into the Woods, Marry Poppins, and Boeing, Boeing, as well as headlining with numerous symphonies across the country.

Bridget Elise Yingling returns to the Ogunquit Playhouse as Ellen, after last being seen on the Playhouse stage in 2015’s Sister Act. She is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and has starred as Little Red in Into the Woods, and Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

The ensemble members includes Blaire Baker, Jake Corcoran, Elizabeth Dugas, Carissa Fiorillo, Dan Higgins, Justin Jutras, Patrick Lavallee, Will Mann, Brian Martin, Vanessa Mitchell, Corinne Munsch, Kaylee Olson, Joey Ortolani, Kelly Peterson, Lexie Plath, andIan Saunders.

Helming Bullets Over Broadway for the Ogunquit Playhouse is Jeff Whiting, who is recreating the original direction and Tony nominated choreography of five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. He was associate director and choreographer on the Broadway production of Bullets Over Broadwayalongside Stroman, and was director on the National Tour. Other Broadway credits include twelve-time Tony nominated The Scottsboro Boys, Big Fish, and Young Frankenstein as well as the National Tours of Hairspray and The Producers. A member of Disney’s Creative Team, he’s provided television direction for Disney’s Magical Moments Parade, as well as numerous shows and events such as Disney’s Very Merry Christmas, Disney’s 100 Years of Magic, and Disney’s Magic Mirror.

Music Director and Conductor is Robbie Cowan. He has worked on the National Tour of Bullets Over Broadway, as well as Anything GoesElfShrek, and Damn Yankees. Regionally he has spent multiple seasons at the New London Barn Playhouse, where he received the New Hampshire Theater’s “Best Music Direction” award for his work on The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Ken Goodwin joins the creative team as Sound Designer. His Broadway credits include work as assistant sound designer on Groundhog DayHedwig and the Angry Inch, and On the Town at Lyric Theatre. Regionally he was the sound designer for Yale Repertory Theatre for A Doctor In Spite of Himself and The Realistic Joneses.

Jason Ardinozze-West reimagined the original Tony-nominated scenic design by Santo Loquasto for the Ogunquit Playhouse production of Bullets Over Broadway. On Broadway he was the associate set designer for Bullets Over Broadway as well as for The Winter’s Tale, American Psycho, and Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812. His upcoming work includes the 2018 Broadway production of Harry Potter & The Cursed Child. In addition to his work on the stage, he has designed sets for musicians such as Adele, Beyoncé, and The Weeknd.

William Ivey Long’s Tony-nominated costumes for the original Broadway production of Bullets Over Broadway are featured in the Ogunquit Playhouse production. Mr. Long is a six-time Tony Award winner and has been nominated for fifteen Tony Awards for his costume designs. He was elected Chairman of the Board for The American Theatre Wing in 2012 and recently was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on FOX’s Grease: Live! and designed ABC’s re-imagining of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Lighting Design for Bullets Over Broadway is by Richard Latta. Mr. Latta is the Ogunquit Playhouse’s resident lighting designer and recently was nominated for an IRNE Award for Best Lighting Design for his work on the Playhouse’s 2016 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Mark your calendars now and get ready to see every show this year. Individual tickets are on sale and prices start at $52 each. To learn more about becoming a Playhouse member, or to purchase tickets and gift cards, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511.

The Ogunquit Playhouse’s milestone season runs to October 29 and features the American and the world premieres of two new musicals, From Here to Eternity and Heartbreak Hotel. Next on stage is Ragtime, one of the most powerful musicals ever adapted for the stage. The season will stretch to the holidays once again with the return of the hit show White Christmas in collaboration with The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

About the Ogunquit Playhouse: 
The Ogunquit Playhouse, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization listed on the National Historic Register, is located on Route One in Ogunquit, Maine and produces the finest Broadway musicals each season with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from May 17 to October 29. Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Twitter (@OgunquitPH) and on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse) for behind-the-scenes info, photos and fun throughout the season. For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the season visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.


For Immediate Release:

June 26, 2017

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

(207) 646-2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org

The Ogunquit Playhouse Hosts a Community Day to Celebrate 85 Years of Community Support

Ogunquit, Maine – This summer marks a very special anniversary for the Ogunquit Playhouse. On Monday, July 10, from 10AM to 2PM, the Ogunquit Playhouse is hosting a Community Day in celebration of 85 years as a proud member of the Seacoast community!

Come join Playhouse staff and volunteers for a day of celebration in the Patio Garden at the Ogunquit Playhouse! All activities are free of charge and include picnic food and cake, and a specialty soda tasting by Captain Eli’s Tap Van. Guests will also enjoy music, photos, face painting, and so much more! There will be free hot air balloon rides from 9AM to 11AM courtesy of REMaxx. Children can take a tour of one of the Ogunquit Fire Department’s trucks before having a blast in the bounce house. Keep an eye out for Myles Bratter and Rainbow the Talking Macaw arriving on their motorcycle during the event. There’ll even be a sneak peek at the Children’s Theatre performance of Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.!

The Ogunquit Playhouse opened its doors for the first time during the summer of 1933, in a renovated garage in Ogunquit’s town square. Four years later a parcel of farmland was purchased outside the village center, and the first purpose-built summer theatre in the country was constructed, which at the time rivaled many theatres in New York City. The present day theatre opened its doors for the first time on July 10, 1937. Now, 85 years later, the Ogunquit Playhouse is still going strong, producing the newest and brightest musicals, complete with top-notch professional cast and creative teams direct from Broadway, Los Angeles, and London.

Join in on the celebration at this family friendly event, Monday, July 10th from 10AM – 2PM at the Ogunquit Playhouse.

About the Ogunquit Playhouse:
The Ogunquit Playhouse, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization listed on the National Historic Register, is located on Route One in Ogunquit, Maine and produces the finest Broadway musicals each season with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from May 17 to October 29. Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Twitter (@OgunquitPH) and on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse) for behind-the-scenes info, photos and fun throughout the season. For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the season visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.


For Immediate Release:

June 14, 2017

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

(207) 646-2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org

Ogunquit Playhouse Presents: American Sign Language Performance (ASL) for Mamma Mia!

Ogunquit, MEMamma Mia!, now on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse, will be offered to the deaf community with American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters during the Tuesday, June 27, 8PM regularly scheduled performance. This hilarious musical comedy is receiving rave reviews from audiences and critics alike for its spectacular dance numbers, colorful costumes and touching story. Assistive Listening Devices are always available at the Ogunquit Playhouse so patrons in need can enjoy each show. This ASL performance was generously funded by the Dirigo Delta Zeta Alumni Chapter of Maine. Delta Zeta National has a philanthropic focus on speech and hearing issues.

Joining the Ogunquit Playhouse to sign the ASL show are Meryl C. S. Troop, and Elaine Williams. Ms. Troop is president of the Maine Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and has won numerous awards for her work as an interpreter, including the Dedicated Service Award from Department of Health and Human Services and the Excellence in Interpreting award from the Maine Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Ms. Williams is a freelance interpreter working in community and education settings, and has interpreted for many arts programs including the annual Maine Deaf Film Festival, at Portland Players and Lyric Music Theater, and for performances of the Maine Gay Men’s Chorus.

The international hit sensation Mamma Mia! runs through July 1, 2017. Over sixty million people from around the globe have fallen in love with the characters, the enchanting story and ABBA’s timeless music that makes Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! This sunny, funny show unfolds on a Greek island paradise when on the eve of her wedding a young woman’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited twenty years ago. Non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers, along with the magic of ABBA's timeless hit songs that include “Super Trouper," "Dancing Queen," "Knowing Me, Knowing You," "Take a Chance on Me," "Thank You for the Music," "Money, Money, Money," "The Winner Takes It All," and "SOS," combine to make this enchanting show a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

Tickets for the evening ASL interpreted performance are on sale now, prices start at $52 each. Mark your calendars to see every show this year. To learn more about becoming a Playhouse member, ticket subscriber or to purchase individual tickets and gift cards, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511.

The Ogunquit Playhouse’s milestone season runs from May 17 to October 29 and features the American and the world premieres of two brand-new musicals, From Here to Eternity and Heartbreak Hotel. Rounding out the 2017 season are Bullets Over Broadway, the delightful and hilarious musical based on the acclaimed Woody Allen film, and Ragtime, one of the most powerful musicals ever adapted for the stage. The season will stretch to the holidays once again with the return of the hit show White Christmas in collaboration with The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

About the Ogunquit Playhouse:
The Ogunquit Playhouse, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization listed on the National Historic Register, is located on Route One in Ogunquit, Maine and produces the finest Broadway musicals each season with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from May 17 to October 29. Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Twitter (@OgunquitPH) and on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse) for behind-the-scenes info, photos and fun throughout the season. For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the season visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.


For Immediate Release:

June 12, 2017

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

(207) 646-2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org

The Ogunquit Playhouse Welcomes Dann Dunn to the Junior Players Children’s Theatre Camp Staff

Ogunquit, Maine–The Ogunquit Playhouse is thrilled to welcome Dann Dunn as the director of the Junior Player’s Theatre Camp production of Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. running July 3 - 16. This Junior Players camp session is open to ages 9 to 14, and is designed to improve and refine student’s performance skills over two weeks of camp, culminating in a fully staged production complete with sets and costumes on the main stage.   

Mr. Dunn will be working with the Junior Players to help strengthen and enhance each student’s performance skills, self-esteem and self-expression. Students receive training in dance and choreography, improvisation, acting, staging and vocal work while preparing to perform Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. before a live audience on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse. A Philadelphia-based artist, Mr. Dunn has worked around the world as an award-winning director, choreographer, associate dance captain, as well as a performer on Broadway, National and International Tours, television, regional theatre, summer stock, and cruise ships.

Mr. Dunn’s credits include Miracle on 34th Street (Madison Square Garden), CATS (National Tour), Because of Winn-Dixie (pre-Broadway), The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber Concert Tour, Dancer for Mariah Carey and Mark Kanemura (So You Think You Can Dance), Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Good Morning America. As an educator, Mr. Dunn has been a guest artist at University of Pennsylvania, Arizona State, West Chester University, Temple University, and New York's famed Camp Broadway. Mr. Dunn is currently on Musical Theatre faculty at University of the Arts and is co-artistic director/founder of one of Philadelphia's hottest new musical theatre training facilities, Music Theatre Philly.

Registration space is still available for Disney’s The Lion King, Jr., camp session: July 3 – July 16 (2 weeks) with performances on Saturday, July 15 at 10AM and 1PM and Sunday, July 16 at 10AM.

About the Production:
Simba the lion cub just can’t wait to be king in the Ogunquit Playhouse production of Disney's The Lion King, Jr. on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse two weekends this summer, July 15 and 16 and August 12 and 13. The African savannah comes to joyous life on stage with Simba, Rafiki, Timon, Pumbaa, and all your favorite characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. Join Simba and the gang as they perform songs from the beloved film including “Hakuna Matata,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” and “I Just Can’t Wait to be King.” This production is ideal for kids of all ages, so be sure to bring the whole family out to experience this exciting adventure in Africa!

Tickets for the production are on sale now at www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or 207.646.5511!

For more information or to register visit: www.ogunquitplayhouse.org/camps. For additional information about Children’s Theatre Camps please contact Mark Ford at 207.646.2402, ext. 261 (voicemail only) or mford@ogunquitplayhouse.org.

About the Ogunquit Playhouse:
The Ogunquit Playhouse, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization listed on the National Historic Register, is located on Route One in Ogunquit, Maine and produces the finest Broadway musicals each season with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from May 17 to October 29. Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Twitter (@OgunquitPH) and on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse) for behind-the-scenes info, photos and fun throughout the season. For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the season visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.


For Immediate Release:

May 25, 2017

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

(207) 646-2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org

The Ogunquit Playhouse Opens Stage Doors for 2017 Backstage Tours - Walk in the Footsteps of Theatre Legends

Ogunquit, Maine– It is a perfect time to take an exclusive backstage tour of the National Historic Register theatre at the Ogunquit Playhouse. The historic theatre is one of Maine’s cultural jewels and a cornerstone of America’s theatrical heritage. It has produced the finest Broadway shows for 85 years, showcasing over 300 Broadway, television and film stars on its stage. Come walk in the footsteps of theatre legends guided by a group of enthusiastic docents who are eager to share the fascinating stories of the Ogunquit Playhouse.

Walk through the stage door and go behind the scenes to see how the magic on stage is made, from wigs, sound, sets and costumes to the dressing rooms, where luminaries such as Bette Davis, Myrna Loy, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Walter Matthau, Steve McQueen, and more prepared for their performances in years past – just as stars such as Sally Struthers, Charles Shaughnessy, and Stefanie Powers still do today! The live tour highlights the history of the theatre, including how it survived the Great Depression, thrived after WWII (when hundreds of summer theatres closed permanently), and how it became America’s Foremost Summer Theatre.

Tours are scheduled on the following dates: Fridays, May 26, July 28, August 25, and September 8, 15 and 29; Sundays, June 11 and 25, August 6, and September 10 and 24; and Mondays, June 5 and 19, July 10 and 24, August 21, and September 18 and 24. A 90 minute tour is $10. The abbreviated 45 minute tour is $5. Tours can be purchased directly through our Box Office at 207-646-5511.

The Ogunquit Playhouse’s 2017 season will be filled with the newest and brightest musicals, world and national premieres and a timeless classic, all complete with top-notch professional casts and creative teams direct from Broadway, Los Angeles, and London. The milestone season runs from May 17 to October 29 and will feature two brand-new musicals, From Here to Eternity and the world premiere of Heartbreak Hotel. It also includes one of the biggest international hit sensations of all time, Mamma Mia!, on stage now through July 1. Rounding out the 2017 season are Bullets Over Broadway, the delightful and hilarious musical based on the acclaimed Woody Allen film, and Ragtime, one of the most powerful musicals ever adapted for the stage. The season will stretch to the holidays once again with the return of the hit show White Christmas in collaboration with The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Mark your calendars now and get ready to see these exciting shows. Tickets are on sale now. To learn more about becoming a Playhouse member, or to purchase tickets and gift certificates, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511. 

About the Ogunquit Playhouse:

The Ogunquit Playhouse is America’s Foremost Summer Theatre, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, producing the finest Broadway musicals each season, with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from mid-May to mid-October. Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Twitter (@OgunquitPH) and become our fan on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse) for behind-the-scenes info, photos and fun throughout the season. For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the season visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.


For Immediate Release:

May 24, 2017

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

(207) 646-2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org

Ogunquit Playhouse and Rotary International Team Up Again:
Tickets to Mamma Mia! Benefit Rotary International’s Fight Against Polio

Ogunquit, ME — The venerable Ogunquit Playhouse, which is celebrating its 85th Anniversary season is once again joining forces with Rotary International to continue in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide by 2018. The annual Rotary Night is scheduled for Thursday, June 1, for the evening performance of Mamma Mia! Joining the fight is as easy as buying a ticket to the international hit show! A portion of every ticket purchased for that evening’s performance will be donated to Rotary International. The Ogunquit Playhouse has contributed over $10,000 towards this cause through Rotary Night ticket proceeds over the past six years.

The fight to end polio is led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which includes Rotary International, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and governments around the world, with the support of many others across the globe.

“We are so close to eradicating polio. A polio-free world could be achieved in the next few years,” said Kevin Raymond of York Rotary. “While polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease, for under $1 a child can be vaccinated for life. Rotary raises funds to make sure every child receives access to the polio vaccine. We must continue to immunize wherever and whenever the threat of polio exists. Thanks to the Gates Foundation, every Rotary dollar raised is matched 2 for 1. By attending this special show, you can help achieve a polio-free world.  I hope you will join us.”    

The international hit sensation Mamma Mia! opens the Ogunquit Playhouse season May 17 and runs for seven weeks through July 1. Over sixty million people from around the globe have fallen in love with the characters, the enchanting story and ABBA’s timeless music that makes Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! This sunny, funny show unfolds on a Greek island paradise when on the eve of her wedding a young woman’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited twenty years ago. Non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers, along with the magic of ABBA's timeless hit songs that include “Super Trouper," "Dancing Queen," "Knowing Me, Knowing You," "Take a Chance on Me," "Thank You for the Music," "Money, Money, Money," "The Winner Takes It All," and "SOS," combine to make this enchanting show a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

Mark your calendars now and get ready to see every show this year. Season tickets are on sale now and are the best way to guarantee the best seats for the lowest price, starting at only $240 for a five-show or $149 for a three-show subscription. Individual tickets are also on sale and prices start at $52 each. To learn more about becoming a Playhouse member, or to purchase tickets and gift cards, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511.

The Ogunquit Playhouse’s milestone season runs from May 17 to October 29 and features the American and the world premieres of two brand-new musicals, From Here to Eternity and Heartbreak Hotel. Rounding out the 2017 season are Bullets Over Broadway, the delightful and hilarious musical based on the acclaimed Woody Allen film, and Ragtime, one of the most powerful musicals ever adapted for the stage. The season will stretch to the holidays once again with the return of the hit show White Christmas in collaboration with The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

About the Ogunquit Playhouse:
The Ogunquit Playhouse, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization listed on the National Historic Register, is located on Route One in Ogunquit, Maine and produces the finest Broadway musicals each season with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from May 17 to October 29. Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Twitter (@OgunquitPH) and on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse) for behind-the-scenes info, photos and fun throughout the season. For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the season visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.


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For Immediate Release:

May 4, 2017

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

(207) 646-2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org

The International Hit Sensation Mamma Mia!
Kicks off the Ogunquit Playhouse’s 85th Anniversary Season

Ogunquit, Maine–The Ogunquit Playhouse kicks off its 85th Anniversary Season with the international smash hit Mamma Mia!, dazzling audiences on stage from May 17 to July 1. Over sixty million people from around the globe have fallen in love with the characters, the enchanting story and ABBA’s timeless music which makes Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! This sunny, funny, international sensation unfolds on a Greek island paradise when on the eve of her wedding, a young woman’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited twenty years ago. Non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers, along with the magic of ABBA's hit songs that include “Super Trouper,” “Dancing Queen,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Thank You for the Music,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes It All,” and “SOS,” combine to make this enchanting show a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

A cast of Broadway veterans will headline the show including Kate Chapman, Jodie Langel, Angie Schworer, David Engel, Fred Inkley, and star of stage and screen Patrick Cassidy.

Starring as Donna is Jodie Langel, who is making her Ogunquit Playhouse debut. Langel has performed on Broadway and National Tours as Cosette in Les Miserables, as the youngest ever Grizabella in CATS, and as the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Her many regional theatre credits include Evita as Eva Peron, and Funny Girl as Fanny.

Angie Schworer returns to the Ogunquit Playhouse to star as Tonya. Schworer was last on the Ogunquit stage as Roxie in 2010’s Chicago and as Irene in 2007’s Crazy for You. On Broadway, Schworer has appeared alongside Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane as Ulla in The Producers, and received an Astaire Award nomination for her performance in Catch Me if You Can. She’s been seen on television in “Law and Order,” “CSI,” “As The World Turns,” and “Smash.” She has also appeared in the film version of The Producers.

Starring as Rosie is Kate Chapman, who hails from Broadway to make her Ogunquit Playhouse debut. Most recently, Chapman starred in the cast of Mary Poppins on Broadway, and was a part of the original 2006 revival cast of Les Miserables. Chapman starred as Ms. Claus for five seasons on the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and was a part of the ensemble in the films Chicago and Nine.

Briana Rapa is making her Ogunquit Playhouse debut as Sophie, following her international tour as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Star of stage and screen, Patrick Cassidy makes his Ogunquit Playhouse debut as Sam. A veteran of Broadway, film and television, Cassidy most recently appeared in A Little Night Music at A.C.T. in San Francisco and starred opposite Patti Lupone in Annie Get Your Gun. He also had the honor of recreating the role his father, Jack Cassidy, originated on Broadway in the Dallas Theater Center's production of It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman. Cassidy won the 2002 National Broadway Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in Elton John’s Aida, and was nominated for an Emmy for his performance on the TV Miniseries “Dress Grey.” In addition to his lauded performance as Julian Marsh in 42nd Street, Cassidy originated the role of Balladeer in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins at Playwright Horizons, and appeared in Lady in the Dark at City Center’s Encores! On television, Cassidy has guest starred on “Law & Order SVU,” “Castle,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Without a Trace,” “According to Jim,” “CSI Miami,” and “ER,” among many others.

Returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse to star as Harry is David Engel, who was last seen at the Playhouse as Gomez in the 2014 hit, The Addams Family. Engel most recently appeared on Broadway in Putting It Together and Seussical, as well as the original production of La Cage aux Folles. Engel created the role of Smudge in the original New York production of Forever Plaid, and again in Plaid Tidings and Forever Plaid: The Movie. In addition to his work on the stage, Engel shared an on-screen romance with RuPaul in the award winning musical short film Zombie Prom.

Fred Inkley stars as Bill in his Ogunquit Playhouse debut after his lauded tenure as Valjean in Broadway’s Les Miserables. Inkley received a Helen Hayes and Jeff Awards nomination for his performance as Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, as well as a Jeff Award nomination for his touring performance as Valjean in Les Miserables. Inkley appeared as a Guest Artist for the Boston Pops in 2013.

Directing Mamma Mia! is Larry Raben. Raben returns to the Ogunquit Playhouse after directing the 2015 hit, Nice Work If You Can Get It, for which he received an IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) nomination for Best Direction. Raben most recently directed Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks for Coyote StageWorks, and Thoroughly Modern Millie for Performance Riverside. He directed the world premiere of Tony winner Joe DiPietro’s Falling For Eve off-Broadway at The York Theatre, and Titanic, the Musical at Moonlight Amphitheatre. A founding member of Coyote StageWorks in Palm Springs, Raben has also authored a children’s book, Ibby Makes A Wish.

Richard J. Hinds is returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse as choreographer after last choreographing 2015’s Saturday Night Fever. Most notably, Hinds recently served as Associate Choreographer on Broadway for Come From Away, as well as Associate Director for Disney’s Newsies.

Jeffrey Campos returns to the Ogunquit Playhouse as Music Director for Mamma Mia!. Campos has worked on numerous performances at the Playhouse over recent years, including 2016’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Lighting Design is by Ogunquit Playhouse Resident Lighting Designer, Rich Latta, who recently was nominated for Best Lighting Design by the IRNE Awards for his work on the Ogunquit Playhouse’s 2016 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Adam Koch returns to the Ogunquit Playhouse as Set Designer for Mamma Mia!. Koch previously designed the sets for the Ogunquit Playhouse productions of Sister Act and Saturday Night Fever in 2015 and for the 2016 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, for which he received an IRNE Award nomination for Best Scenic Design.

Mark your calendars now and get ready to see every show this year. Season tickets are on sale now and are the best way to guarantee the best seats for the lowest price, starting at only $240 for a five-show or $149 for a three-show subscription. Individual tickets are also on sale and prices start at $52 each. To learn more about becoming a Playhouse member, or to purchase tickets and gift cards, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511.

About the Ogunquit Playhouse:
The Ogunquit Playhouse, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization listed on the National Historic Register, is located on Route One in Ogunquit, Maine and produces the finest Broadway musicals each season with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from May 17 to October 29. Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Twitter (@OgunquitPH) and on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse) for behind-the-scenes info, photos and fun throughout the season. For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the season visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.

PHOTO CAPTION: Star of stage and screen Patrick Cassidy joins a cast of Broadway veterans in the Ogunquit Playhouse production of Mamma Mia! on stage May 17 through July 1. The cast includes Kate Chapman, Jodie Langel, Angie Schworer, David Engel, and Fred Inkley. Don’t miss this funny, sunny show filled with non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers, along with the magic of ABBA's hit songs that include “Super Trouper,” “Dancing Queen,” and “Take a Chance on Me.” To purchase tickets visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511.


Photo by Gary Ng

Photo by Gary Ng

For Immediate Release:

March 23, 2017

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

(207) 646-2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org

Ogunquit Playhouse Children’s Theatre Camps Offer Training for Ages 5 to 16

The Ogunquit Playhouse Children's Theatre Camps are filling up fast. Register your aspiring thespian today for either the Rising Star Camp for children ages 5 to 8, Center Stage Camp for children ages 8 to 10, or the Junior Players Camp for ages 9 to 16. These programs offer theatrical training in a supportive and nurturing environment, and no prior training or skill level is required to participate.

Rising Star Theatre Camp combines fun and educational games with instruction for children ages 5 to 8. The directors bring performing arts to life for youngsters new to theatre by teaching basic staging, music and choreography with an emphasis on group performance. By emphasizing the group aspects of performance, students are encouraged to grow at their own pace with no pressure. Speaking roles are available and students may choose to audition for larger roles if they wish. Students attend camp Monday – Friday from 9:00am-Noon with a performance for family members and friends on Friday at 11:00am in the rehearsal space located behind the Playhouse. There is currently space available for all camps: Cinderella – If the Shoe Fits, June 26 – 30 and August 14 – 18; Tweet, July 10 - 14; Circus Jamboree, August 7 – 11.

Center Stage Theatre Camp is especially designed for children ages 8 to 10. This exciting program is the perfect step up from the Rising Stars for campers to continue to explore and develop vocal, movement and acting skills. The culminating production will provide a more challenging, yet developmentally appropriate, theatrical experience. It will incorporate a higher level of individual responsibility, perfect for the young performer who enjoys being center stage! Limited space is available for the production of Willy Wonka Kids, July 24 – 28.

Junior Players Theatre Camp is for students from ages 9 to 16, and will identify, strengthen and enhance each student’s performance skills, self-esteem and self-expression. Students receive training in dance and choreography, improvisation, acting, staging and vocal work while preparing to perform before a live audience. Each of the sessions culminates in a fully staged production on the Playhouse’s main stage! Registrations are now being accepted for Disney’s The Lion King, Jr., for ages 9 to 14, camp session: July 3 – July 16 (2 weeks) with performances on Saturday, July 15 at 10AM and 1PM and Sunday, July 16 at 10AM, and an additional camp session, also for ages 9 to 14, on July 31 – August 13 (2 weeks) with performances on Saturday, August 12 at 10AM and 1PM and Sunday, August 13 at 10AM; Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr., camp session is SOLD OUT, performances are on Saturday, July 22 at 10AM and 1PM and Sunday, July 23 at 10AM; Fame the Musical, Jr., camp session: August 14 – 20 (1+ week) with performances Saturday, August 19 at 10AM and 1PM and Sunday, August 20 at 10AM.

For more information or to register visit: www.ogunquitplayhouse.org/camps.  For additional information about Children’s Theatre Camps please contact Mark Ford at 207.646.2402, ext. 261 (voicemail only) or mford@ogunquitplayhouse.org.


Photo by Gary Ng

Photo by Gary Ng

For Immediate Release:

March 9, 2017

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

(207) 646-2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org

The Ogunquit Playhouse Receives Three IRNE Award Nominations for The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Ogunquit, Maine –The Ogunquit Playhouse is proud to announce that it has received three Independent Reviewers of New England Award (IRNE) nominations in the large theatre category for its 2016 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame including Best Set Design, Best Lighting Design, and Best Actor in a Musical. The IRNE Awards honor the best of the previous year’s actors, directors, choreographers, designers and companies across the full spectrum of large, mid-size and fringe theater companies in Boston and New England.

Nominated for Best Actor in a Musical is Bradley Dean, who joined the cast for his Ogunquit Playhouse debut as Claude Frollo. Adam Koch and Richard Latta are nominated for Best Set Design and Best Lighting Design for their work in transporting audiences to fifteenth century Paris and inside the cathedral walls made famous by Victor Hugo’s classic novel. The Ogunquit production was helmed by director Shaun Kerrison and also starred F. Michael Haynie in his Playhouse debut as Quasimodo, alongside a cast of Broadway veterans, including Sydney Morton, Christopher Johnstone, and Paolo Montalban.

Bradley Dean gave a critically acclaimed performance as the menacing Claude Frollo in the Ogunquit Playhouse production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and has appeared on Broadway in A Little Night Music, The Last Ship, Company, Doctor Zhivago, Spamalot, The Story of My Life, Evita, Jane Eyre, Man of La Mancha as well as many Off-Broadway, National Tours and regional theatre productions.

Adam Koch designed an all new set exclusively for the Ogunquit production that reached out over the audience, complete with areas for Quasimodo to venture. Mr. Koch previously designed sets for the Ogunquit Playhouse productions of Sister Act and Saturday Night Fever. He has designed sets for theatres across the nation, including the landmark outdoor production of Carousel and The Sleepy Hollow Experience for Serenbe Playhouse; the original Chicago production of Million Dollar Quartet at the Apollo Theatre; Hello, Dolly! for Ford’s Theater; Miss Saigon, Dreamgirls, Kiss of the Spiderwoman (2008 Helen Hayes nomination), and See What I Wanna See for Signature Theatre; and Bat Boy for 1st Stage for which he received a 2015 Helen Hayes nomination. His Off-Broadway credits include Rooms: A Rock Romance, Loaded, We the People, Pinkalicious and Freckleface Strawberry.

Richard Latta created the bold and dramatic lighting which swept the audience back in time and created the atmosphere for this beloved classic. A 30 year veteran of the Ogunquit Playhouse, Mr. Latta previously created the lighting for Playhouse productions of Sister Act, Victor Victoria, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Million Dollar Quartet, Saturday Night Fever and White Christmas at the Music Hall, in Portsmouth, NH. His recent work includes Sister Act for North Shore Music Theater; Ain't Misbehavin' for Alabama Shakespeare Festival; El Posada Nunca Se Termina projections at the Chicago Lyric Opera; A Christmas Story; Hasbro Toy Fair 2016; and Newark Arts Ballet 2016. His previous work includes Cabaret at Engeman Theatre, Maltz Jupiter, and the Ogunquit Playhouse; projection research for the opera Moby Dick in Houston, SF, Sydney and the Kennedy Center; Thurgood and The People In The Picture on Broadway; and Fiddler on the Roof for both Engeman and the Ogunquit Playhouse.

“We are honored to be nominated along with some of New England’s best theatres by this year’s IRNE Awards! We are extremely proud of the exceptional creative team and wonderful cast who made it possible for The Hunchback of Notre Dame to be recognized by the IRNE nominating committee and want to extend our congratulations to Bradley, Adam and Rich. I am thrilled for Bradley Dean to be recognized for his debut performance here at the Playhouse, and equally delighted for Adam and Rich to be lauded for their creative work,” Bradford Kenney, Executive Artistic Director at the Ogunquit Playhouse.

The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards were founded by Beverly Creasey of the Journal Newspapers and Larry Stark of Theater Mirror in 1997. The IRNE Award ceremony is New England’s largest theater arts recognition program, recognizing the work of playwrights, designers, actors, choreographers and directors among small, mid-size, small and fringe theater companies throughout the previous year. The IRNE Awards recognize the extraordinary wealth of talent in the Boston and New England theatre community. The IRNE Award ceremony will take place on Monday, April 11, at 7:30 pm (doors at 7 p.m.), at the 1200 Hotel Ballroom (The Holiday Inn) in Brookline, MA, just outside Kenmore Square.  All are invited, the event is free and open to the public – but registration is required due to space limitations.


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For Immediate Release:

February 22, 2017

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

(207) 646-2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org

The Venerable Ogunquit Playhouse Celebrates its 85th Anniversary Season with a North American Premiere, a World Premiere, a Global Sensation and Broadway Hit Shows!

The Ogunquit Playhouse, one of the Northeast’s cultural jewels and a cornerstone of America’s theatrical heritage, is celebrating its 85th Anniversary Season, and, true to its legacy, the 2017 season will be filled with the newest and brightest musicals, world and national premieres and a timeless classic, all complete with top-notch professional casts and creative teams direct from Broadway, Los Angeles, and London. The milestone season runs from May 17 to October 29 and will feature the American and the world premieres of two brand-new musicals, From Here to Eternity and Heartbreak Hotel. It also includes one of the biggest international hit sensations of all time, Mamma Mia!, which will run for an unprecedented seven weeks. Rounding out the 2017 season are Bullets Over Broadway, the delightful and hilarious musical based on the acclaimed Woody Allen film, and Ragtime, one of the most powerful musicals ever adapted for the stage. The season will stretch to the holidays once again with the return of the hit show White Christmas in collaboration with The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The Ogunquit Playhouse is honored to be collaborating with legendary lyricist Tim Rice (Evita, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aida and more) and the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival on the continued North American rollout of the new musical From Here to Eternity.  The musical is based on the acclaimed novel by James Jones with lyrics by Tim Rice, book by Donald Rice and Bill Oakes and music by Stuart Brayson. Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Producing Artistic Director Brett Smock introduced the musical to American audiences in a very successful premiere production in 2016. As part of its development path to Broadway, Tim Rice and Brett Smock will collaborate with the Ogunquit creative team to mount this compelling new musical.  

Also in the lineup for the Ogunquit Playhouse 85th Anniversary Season is the world premiere of the brand new musical Heartbreak Hotel from the creator of the Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet. The show tells the story of Elvis Presley’s rise to stardom during the years leading up to the day of the famous recording session at Sun Studios. The story focuses on Presley’s journey from an unknown musician to the cusp of his super-stardom and the people who influenced him along the way, complete with some of his biggest hits.

“As we enter our 85th Anniversary Season, we are very focused on the legacy we are proud to preserve and its future so that it endures for generations to come. We are thrilled to bring a mix of pure entertainment along with some of the most compelling stories ever created for the stage, including two exciting new shows to American audiences,” said Ogunquit Playhouse Executive Artistic Director Bradford Kenney. “This year seems to be the perfect time to share one of the greatest stories ever adapted for the stage, Ragtime. With its beautiful score, it tells the emotional story of three families set against the turmoil and swiftly changing culture of early twentieth century America, when immigrant families were striving to find their place in a new world. Heartbreak Hotel tells the story of a young Elvis Presley and the groundbreaking music he brought to the popular culture during the height of the civil rights movement. It is a true rags to riches tale set within a time period when America was once again challenged with changing times. And, we are so very honored to be working with the great Tim Rice on the development of his musical adaptation of one of the most influential World War II stories, From Here to Eternity.”

Season ticket packages are on sale now and the only way to guarantee the best seats for the best price to these five exciting shows. Prices start at only $240 for a five-show package and $149 for a three-show package. Gift certificates and Flex Passes are also on sale. Individual tickets are on sale exclusively for Ogunquit Playhouse members beginning Wednesday, March 1. Three-show subscribers pre-sale dates are March 3 and 6. Individual tickets sales begin March 7 and prices start at $52. White Christmas tickets will be on sale through the Music Hall beginning April 14. To learn more about becoming a member, or to purchase subscriptions, ticket packages and gift certificates, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.com or call the Box Office at 207-646-5511.

The international hit sensation Mamma Mia! opens the Ogunquit Playhouse season May 17 and runs for seven weeks through July 1. Over sixty million people from around the globe have fallen in love with the characters, the enchanting story and ABBA’s timeless music that makes Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! This sunny, funny show unfolds on a Greek island paradise when on the eve of her wedding a young woman’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited twenty years ago. Non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers, along with the magic of ABBA's timeless hit songs that include “Super Trouper," "Dancing Queen," "Knowing Me, Knowing You," "Take a Chance on Me," "Thank You for the Music," "Money, Money, Money," "The Winner Takes It All," and "SOS," combine to make this enchanting show a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

The 1920s come roaring to life with showgirls, gangsters and more in this musical adaptation of Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath's madcap film Bullets Over Broadway on stage July 5 to July 29 and directed by Jeff Whiting. Hailed by Time Magazine as “Musical Theatre Gold!,” Bullets Over Broadway is the hilarious musical comedy about the making of a Broadway show, filled with tap dancing gangsters, saucy showgirls, big laughs, and colorful characters including an aging diva, a savant hit-man and Sally Struthers as the dog-toting comedienne Eden Brent. A young playwright in desperate need of financial backing for his next show accepts an offer he can’t refuse from a mobster looking to please his ditzy, talentless girlfriend. Loaded with songs that made the '20s roar, this six-time Tony-nominated musical features the Broadway sets, William Ivey Long’s Tony-nominated costumes, and hits from the decadent decade, including "Let's Misbehave," "'Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do" and "There's a New Day Comin'!" This is one big, splashy and wildly entertaining show that is sure to knock 'em dead. 

The season continues with the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime, on stage August 2 to August 26. At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing... and anything is possible. This sweeping musical portrait of early twentieth century America tells the story of three families in pursuit of the American Dream. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair... and what it means to live in America. Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, Ragtime is the winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. Called by Time Magazine “A triumph for the stage,” “Intoxicating” by the Associated Press, and "Explosive and thrilling!” by Bloomberg News, this acclaimed musical is filled with pageantry, emotion and hope, bursting onto the stage like no other show.

From the Tony-winning creator of Million Dollar Quartet, we are proud to produce the world premiere of Heartbreak Hotel, on stage August 30 to September 30. This brand new tribute to the "King of Rock ‘n’ Roll" is the prequel to Tony-winning, record-setting, smash hit Million Dollar Quartet that became the greatest selling show in Ogunquit Playhouse history. This tender story follows Elvis Presley in the early years of his bourgeoning career as he and Sam Phillips create the music that will forever change their lives. As Elvis’ career skyrockets, both lifting and shattering the lives of those he loves, a secret love story is revealed, a betrayal is discovered, and “Colonel” Tom Parker changes the course of history, all in just 18 short months. This world premiere musical features hit songs from the King himself as well as the legends who influenced his iconic music, with chart-toppers including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Tutti Frutti,” “That’s All Right Mamma,” "Shake Rattle and Roll,” and, of course, “Heartbreak Hotel.” This is where the story begins“…take a walk down lonely street."

Closing the landmark season is From Here to Eternity, on stage October 4 to October 29. The Ogunquit Playhouse is honored to be collaborating with Tim Rice and the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival on the rollout of the North American premiere of the epic new musical From Here to Eternity, based on James Jones’ acclaimed novel with lyrics by Tim Rice, book by Donald Rice and Bill Oakes and music by Stuart Brayson. Set in Hawaii in the weeks before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, this epic tale follows the powerful story of two U.S soldiers, the soulful Private Prewitt and ardent Sergeant Warden, as they embark on doomed and dangerous love affairs with the wrong women. As the infamous date of December 7th approaches, the claustrophobic world of the four lovers and the desperation of the soldiers of G Company splinter amidst an escalating war. The compelling story of men at war along with a fantastic new score is not to be missed.

About the Ogunquit Playhouse:
The Ogunquit Playhouse, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization listed on the National Historic Register, is located on Route One in Ogunquit, Maine and produces the finest Broadway musicals each season with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from May 17 to October 29. Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Twitter (@OgunquitPH) and on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse) for behind-the-scenes info, photos and fun throughout the season. For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the season visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.

Contact Info:

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
207.646.2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org