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From the Archive: Tennessee Williams and Roundabout

Posted on: January 12th, 2011 by Tiffany Nixon

 

The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, Tennessee Williams’ play set in a remote Italian town, centers on Mrs. Flora Goforth, an acerbic, oft-married, woman-of-the-world who, faced with death, recalls her life’s story to the much-younger Christopher Flanders, a man caught trespassing on her estate.

One of Williams’ lesser known plays, Roundabout is pleased to breathe new life into it with an inspired performance by Olympia Dukakis (in previews at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre/Laura Pels Theatre).

Tennessee Williams is certainly no stranger to Roundabout Theatre Company.  Over the past 35 years we have revived Williams’ plays seven times, most recently The Glass Menagerie, starring Judith Ivey, Patch Darragh, Keira Keeley, and Michael Mosely.

Judith Ivey in The Glass Menagerie. Photo credit: Joan Marcus, 2010. Roundabout Theatre Company Archives.

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From the Archive: Brian Bedford and Roundabout

Posted on: December 15th, 2010 by Administrator

 

This week From the Archives celebrates Brian Bedford, currently starring as Lady Bracknell in the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

Roundabout has had the pleasure of working with Mr. Bedford three times prior.  In 1995, he played the two characters Sganarelle in The Molière Comedies, (staged at the Criterion Center Stage Right; directed by Michael Langham) which married “The School for Husbands” and “The Imaginary Cuckold”.  Mr. Bedford was nominated for a Tony Award® for his portrayals and critic Vincent Canby praised Mr. Bedford, stating in his NY Times review “[h]ere is classical theater as good as it can get”.  Bedford next appeared in our 1997 production of Dion L. Bouicault’s London Assurance (staged at the Criterion Center Stage Right; directed by Joe Dowling), playing Sir Harcourt Courtly. Below, Mr. Bedford in period costume, designed by Catherine Zuber, during a staged performance.

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From the Archive: The Magical Marketing of ‘Cabaret’

Posted on: December 8th, 2010 by Administrator

 

Outstanding graphics and images used in print and television campaigns are essential to effective promotion of Broadway productions. This week From The Archives takes a look at promotional materials from one of Roundabout’s most memorable productions: Cabaret.

Two distinct marketing campaigns were created for Cabaret: the iconic image of the Master of Ceremonies peeking through the window of an antique door and images of lead cast members in costume striking sexy “heroin chic” poses.  These print campaigns reached wide audiences and helped sustain the six year run of the show (1998-2004).  The production staged in two Roundabout’s theatres, the Kit Kat Klub at Henry Miller’s Theatre (now known as the Stephen Sondheim Theatre) and Studio 54.  Check out the Internet Broadway Database for a full listing of the original production cast and crew as well as the replacement cast throughout the run, here: (http://www.ibdb.com/production.php?id=4848 )

Promotional ad for Cabaret. Roundabout Theatre Company Archives.

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