|GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR begins Broadway rehearsals; complete casting announced|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 03:57 pm EDT 03/15/23|
|Rehearsals Begin for Broadway's Highly Anticipated Play
GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR
Complete Casting Announced
Written by Doug Wright
Directed by Lisa Peterson
At The Belasco Theatre beginning April 7; Opening April 24
Limited Engagement Through August 27
Broadway rehearsals began yesterday for the eagerly anticipated new American play, Good Night, Oscar starring Sean Hayes . Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Doug Wright and directed by Lisa Peterson, Good Night, Oscar begins performances on April 7 and opens on April 24 at Broadway's Belasco Theatre, (111 West 44th Street). The 20-week limited engagement will end on August 27.
In addition to Sean Hayes, the cast includes Emily Bergl as June Levant; Marchánt Davis as Alvin Finney; Peter Grosz as Bob Sarnoff; Ben Rappaport as Jack Paar; Alex Wyse as Max Weinbaum; John Zdrojeski as George Gershwin; with previously announced understudies Sam Bell-Gurwitz; Postell Pringle; Max Roll; and Thomas Michael Hammond and Stephanie Janssen who have joined the company.
In Good Night, Oscar, Sean Hayes plays Oscar Levant: Hollywood actor, concert pianist, and the most subversive wit ever to appear on television during its Golden Age.
It's 1958 and Jack Paar is hosting "The Tonight Show." He's booked his favorite guest, a pundit as hilarious as he is unpredictable: Oscar Levant, who once famously proclaimed, "There's a fine line between genius and insanity, and I have erased that line." In 90 short minutes, Oscar will have audiences howling, censors scrambling, and - when it's all over - America will be just a little less innocent than she was before.
Good Night, Oscar is produced on Broadway by Grove Entertainment, Barbara Whitman, Hazy Mills Productions, Yonge Street Theatricals, Frank Marshall, Rich Entertainment Group & Jeremiah J. Harris, Mary Lu Roffe, David Shapiro & Mark Losher, John H. Tyson, Patty Baker, Rodney Rigby, John Gore Organization, Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg, James L. Nederlander, Creative Partners Productions, Sharon Karmazin, The Forstalls, Jamie deRoy, David Barnett, Barbara Freitag, Universal Theatrical Group, and Leah Dagen & Jimmy Wilson.
Good Night, Oscar premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre earlier this year to sold-out houses and critical acclaim, winning five Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best Production of a Play (Large), Best New Work for Doug Wright, Best Principal Actor Sean Hayes, Best Set Designer Rachel Hauck and Best Sound Designer Andre Pluess.
The Chicago Tribune said Good Night, Oscar is "blistering and hilariously funny. A master class on the nature and value of satire. Sean Hayes delivers a stunner of a lead performance: moving, empathetic, deeply emotional, and slightly terrifying."
WTTW TV said Good Night, Oscar is "riveting" and went on to say that "Sean Hayes soars and is so compelling, and so real, that you might begin to wonder if Levant has been fully reincarnated."
WGN TV calls Good Night, Oscar "brilliantly written and a must-see."
The creative team for Good Night, Oscar includes Rachel Hauck (Set Design), Emilio Sosa (Costume Design), Carolina Ortiz Herrera and Ben Stanton (Lighting Design), Andre Pluess (Sound Design), Chris Fenwick (Music Supervision), J. Jared Janas (Wig, Hair and Make-Up Design), Stephen Kopel (Casting), and Jacqueline E. Lawton (Dramaturgy).
Tickets are now on sale at www.Telecharge.com or by phone at 212-239-6200. Tickets for groups of 10+ are on sale through Group Sales Box Office at Broadway.com at 1-800-BROADWAY (1 800 276 3929), extension 2.
Sean Hayes (Oscar Levant) Sean originated the title role in Good Night, Oscar last year at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. He is a three-time Emmy Award winning actor, host and producer. He is best known for his role as Jack McFarland on the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace," for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award and four SAG Awards, along with six Golden Globe nominations. He is also known for his work on Broadway including An Act of God and Promises, Promises for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Hayes is the co-founder of Hazy Mills Productions, the television production company behind several hit shows such as "Hot in Cleveland," "Grimm," "Hollywood Game Night," and "History of Comedy." He currently co-hosts the #1 comedy podcast in the world, "Smartless," as well as a second podcast, "HypochondriActor."
Emily Bergl (June Levant) received a Jeff Award nomination for her role as June Levant at the Goodman Theatre. Broadway: The Ferryman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Touch of the Poet, The Rivals, The Lion in Winter. She is best known for her recurring roles on TV in "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "Shameless," "The Knick," "Gilmore Girls," "Desperate Housewives," "American Crime," "Southland," and "Men in Trees." Film credits include Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, The Rage: Carrie 2, and the upcoming Escaping Ohio. As a solo cabaret artist, she has headlined at the Carlyle, Oak Room, and Feinstein's.
Marchánt Davis (Alvin Finney) is an actor and writer from Philadelphia. He appeared in Jordan E. Cooper's Ain't No Mo' on Broadway and received Lucille Lortel and Audelco Award nominations for the off-Broadway run. Other stage credits include Broadway's The Great Society. Film: The Day Shall Come and A Journal for Jordan. Davis will be seen starring with Sydney Sweeney in Tina Satter's feature about whistleblower Reality Winner. Davis's debut children's book, A Boy and His Mirror, was published in January. He holds an MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program. Twitter & Insta: @marchantdavis
Peter Grosz (Bob Sarnoff) Off-Broadway credits: A Kid Like Jake (Lincoln Center), Recipe for Success With Chef Michael Denardi (NYC Fringe Festival) Chicago credits: Curious George Goes to War, Pants on Fire, Show Title Deemed Indecent by The FCC, From Fear to Eternity (The Second City). Film credits: Stranger Than Fiction, Rough Night, Things Heard and Seen, The Menu. TV credits: "Veep," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "Search Party," "The President Show," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Colbert Report", (Emmy, Peabody and Writers Guild Awards), "Late Night with Seth Meyers", "At Home with Amy Sedaris" (Writers Guild Award). Radio/podcasts: NPR's "Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!"
Ben Rappaport (Jack Paar). Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, Picnic. Off-Broadway: Actually, We're F**ked (Cherry Lane Theatre), Sex Lives of Our Parents (Second Stage), The Gingerbread House (Rattlestick Theatre/stageFARM). Ben is perhaps best known as the star of "Outsourced" (NBC) & "For the People" (Shondaland/ABC). Additional TV: "Inventing Anna," "Law & Order: SVU," "Younger," "Mr. Robot," "Ozark," "The Good Wife," "Modern Love," "Evil Monsterland," "Blindspot," "God Friended Me," & "Elementary." Film: Hope Springs, The Brass Teapot, Better Off Single, Landing Up, and Ask for Jane. Training: The Juilliard School, where he received the Michel and Suria Saint-Denis Prize. @Ben_Rappaport.
Alex Wyse (Max Weinbaum) has appeared on Broadway in Waitress, Deaf West's Spring Awakening, and Lysistrata Jones, on tour in Wicked , and off-Broadway in the original casts of Ride the Cyclone, Bare (revival), Triassic Parq, and Lysistrata Jones. Regionally he has worked at Hartford Stage, Wallis Annenberg, Paper Mill Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Maltz Jupiter, Huntington, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and more. TV credits include "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "The Other Two," "Iron Fist," "Masters of Sex," "NCIS: LA," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Switched at Birth," "Modern Family," "Agent X," "A to Z," "Bad Judge," and "Bored to Death," and his film credits include X/Y and Dating My Mother. He was a co-producer on What the Constitution Means to Me. As a creator, he was co-writer/star of off-Broadway's A Commercial Jingle For Regina Comet, co-creator/star of the Emmy-nominated "Indoor Boys," and co-director/writer of the upcoming feature film, Summoning Sylvia. He received his BFA from Boston University.
John Zdrojeski (George Gershwin). His off-Broadway credits include Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizon, Special Citation Obie); Before We're Gone (13th Street Theatre); Monster (Potomac Theatre Project). Regional credits include Romeo and Juliet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Huntington Theatre Company; 10x10 (Barrington Stage Company); The Kite Runner (New Repertory Theatre). Film and TV credits include The Breakdown Parables, "Evil," "Billions," "The Code," and "Madam Secretary." A singer/songwriter as well, his debut LP Misters comes out on all streaming services in December. He holds an MFA from New York University and a BFA from Boston University.
Sam Bell-Gurwitz (Understudy George Gershwin/Max Weinbaum) New York credits include The Annotated History of the American Muskrat (Nightdrive Theatre). Regional credits include Good Night, Oscar (Goodman Theatre); The Boys in the Band (Windy City Playhouse); A Shayna Maidel (Timeline Theatre Company) and Three Sisters (UV Theatre Project). Film and TV credits include "NeXt " (Fox) and The Thing About Harry (Freeform). Sam holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Michigan and is proudly represented by Stewart Talent.
Thomas Michael Hammond (Understudy Bob Sarnoff/Jack Paar). Broadway credits: To Kill a Mockingbird; The Iceman Cometh , M. Butterfly; The Glass Menagerie; The Crucible; A Raisin in the Sun; Lucky Guy; Death of a Salesman; The Merchant of Venice. Off-Broadway: Hamlet; Julius Caesar; Cymbeline; Dr. Knock, or the Triumph of Medicine; The Madras House. Television: "Billions;" "Happyish;" "Blue Bloods." Film: Memory; Beach House.
Stephanie Janssen (Understudy June Levant). Broadway: Death of a Salesman (dir. Mike Nichols); Mrs. Warren's Profession; A Delicate Balance (u/s). Off-Broadway/Regional includes Ivanov (Classic Stage Company); Clive (The New Group, dir. Ethan Hawke); Queen (NAATCO/ Long Wharf); All the Days (McCarter); Nora (Westport); Arcadia (Potomac Theatre Project); A Map of Heaven (Denver Center); Absalom (Actor's Theatre of Louisville/Humana). Stephanie wrote and performed in The Umbrella Plays (2008 NYC Fringe, winner Outstanding Play). TV/Film: Succession; New Amsterdam; FBI; The Blacklist; Mysteries of Laura; The Good Wife; Elementary; Law & Order; Inner Dragons; Everything is Ordinary. B.A. Middlebury College, M.F.A, NYU Tisch Grad Acting.
Postell Pringle (Understudy Alvin Finney). Broadway: A Free Man of Color (Lincoln Center). Off-Broadway: Othello: The Remix (Westside Theater); The Urban Retreat (Public Theater); The Seven (New York Theater Workshop); Song for New York (Mabou Mines); Linda (MTC); Hoodoo Love (Cherry Lane); Moliere Turns 400 (FIAF/Moliere In The Park). Regional: Our Daughters, Like Pillars (Huntington); Q Brothers Christmas Carol (creator), Othello: The Remix (Chicago Shakespeare); The Misanthrope [online], pen/man/ship [online] (Moliere In The Park), The Seven (La Jolla Playhouse); The Matchmaker (Goodman); Broke-ology (KC Rep). FILM: 30 Miles from Nowhere; Unknown Soldier TV: FX's "Rescue Me"; CBS' Unforgettable; NBC's "Law & Order" and "Law &Order: Criminal Intent". PLAYWRIGHT/COMPOSER: STEP KIDS, Q Brothers Christmas Carol, Long Way Home, Rami & Jaliyah, ms. estrada, and Rome Sweet Rome. posluv.com @posLuv
Max Roll (Understudy Oscar Levant). Max is delighted to make his Broadway debut. His credits include: Off-Broadway: Mrs. Warren's Profession (u/s all the men), Regional: Importance of Being Earnest (Florida Rep), Romeo and Juliet (Yale Rep u/s Capulet). Canadian Theatre: 2 Pianos 4 Hands (Royal Alex and NAC Theatres). UK: Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night (Rabble Theatre), The Great Gatsby (UK National Tour).
Doug Wright (Playwright). Broadway credits include I Am My Own Wife (Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize), War Paint, Hands on a Hardbody (Drama Desk nomination), The Little Mermaid, and Grey Gardens (Tony Award nomination). Off-Broadway credits include Posterity (Atlantic Theatre Company); Unwrap Your Candy (Vineyard Theatre); Quills (New York Theatre Workshop); Standing on Ceremony (Minetta Lane Theater); Buzzsaw Berkeley (WPA Theater). Films include Quills (Paul Selvin Award, WGA) and the upcoming The Burial starring Jamie Foxx and Tommy Lee Jones. He is the former president of the Dramatists Guild of America and a member of SAG-AFTRA, SDC and the WGA.
Lisa Peterson (Director) is a two-time OBIE Award-winning director. She wrote and directed An Iliad with Denis O'Hare (NYTW, OBIE and Lortel Awards). Directing work includes the world premieres of plays by Tony Kushner (Slavs, NYTW), Beth Henley (Ridiculous Fraud, McCarter), Donald Margulies (Collected Stories, MTC), Naomi Wallace (Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, NYTW), Jose Rivera, Culture Clash, Luis Alfaro, Chay Yew, Miranda Rose Hall and many more. She has directed classic plays at theaters across the country including Arena Stage. Guthrie, Hartford Stage, OSF, Baltimore Center Stage, Seattle Rep, ACT, and South Coast Rep. Lisa was Associate Director at Berkeley Rep for three years, Resident Director at CTG for ten years, and Associate Director at La Jolla Playhouse for three years. She has developed many new plays at the Sundance Theatre Lab, where she served as the Guest Artistic Director in 2019, as well as the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, the Playwrights' Center, and Ojai Playwrights Conference. She is a recent recipient of the Gordon Davidson Award for Lifetime Achievement. Upcoming projects include The Waves, adapted from Virginia Woolf; The Song of Rome, with Denis O'Hare; and The Idea of Order, inspired by the poetry of Wallace Stevens and written with Todd Almond.
Oscar Levant (1906-1972) was an American concert pianist, composer, actor, and raconteur who eventually became one of the most celebrated and sardonic wits of his era. The son of Russian immigrants, Levant moved from New York to Hollywood in 1928 where he met and befriended George Gershwin. Over the next two decades he composed the music for more than 20 movies. At the height of his popularity, Oscar Levant was the highest-paid concert artist in America. Levant's 1945 recording of "Rhapsody in Blue" remained one of Columbia Records' best-selling albums for decades and the first exposure for many to the Gershwin masterpiece. From the 1930s through the mid-1950s, Levant appeared in a number of feature films, often playing a pianist or composer including major supporting roles in the notable Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), An American in Paris (1951) and The Band Wagon (1953). In 1938 and 1939 Levant worked on Broadway as a conductor (filling in for his brother Harry) on Kaufman and Hart's The Fabulous Invalid and conductor and composer for The American Way, another Kaufman and Hart production. Levant became well known to a wider audience as a regular panelist on the radio quiz show "Information Please" in the late 1930s and 1940s. This led to a series of radio and television appearances including NBC Radio's "Kraft Music Hall starring Al Jolson," NBC's "Who Said That?" and between 1958 and 1960, he hosted a television talk show on KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, "The Oscar Levant Show," which was later syndicated. In time, Levant's reputation as a caustic, sometimes provocative, humorist eclipsed his former glory as a pianist.
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