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Roundabout Roundup: Looking back at The Importance of Being Earnest

Posted on: June 24th, 2011 by Bradley Sanchez

 

After a tremendous run and 16-week extension, The Importance of Being Earnest, will be closing on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at the American Airlines Theatre. There have been many highlights over the run - from winning a Tony Award to "The Jersey Shore gone Wilde" - but these are some of our favorites.

 

The Importance of Being Earnest Opens on Broadway! - January 13, 2011 

"Within seconds of sweeping onstage, and with a wordless gesture as funny as it is subtle, the great actor Brian Bedford proves beyond question that gender is of no importance whatsoever in portraying the imposing Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s greatest comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest

Mr. Bedford’s production is not entirely effortless — Wilde’s rococo style can be daunting even to experienced classicists — but it is more buoyant and consistently funny than any I’ve seen. And as Lady Bracknell, Mr. Bedford presides at the cathedral’s altar with supreme skill and stylishness — and a hint of substance too. It’s one of the great performances of the season; to miss it would most definitely look like carelessness." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times 

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Roundabout Roundup: Week of April 11, 2011

Posted on: April 15th, 2011 by Bradley Sanchez

 

Anything Goes celebrates a triumphant opening, plus an extension into 2012!

"Who needs a brass section when you’ve got Sutton Foster? As the nightclub evangelist Reno Sweeney in the zesty new revival of “Anything Goes,” which opened on Thursday night at the Stephen Sondheim Theater, Ms. Foster has the voice of a trumpet and a big, gleaming presence that floods the house. When she leads the show-stopping “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” you figure that if no horn-tooting archangel appears, it’s only because he’s afraid of the competition.

Ms. [Kathleen] Marshall and her singing dancers and comic actors — a motley crew that includes Joel Grey, Jessica Walter, Adam Godley and John McMartin — are here not to make sense of the world but to help us forget it for a couple of hours.

[Sutton Foster's] triple mastery of words, music and moves is unmatched by any performer on Broadway at the moment. It’s not just that she nails every step, note and joke. It’s the attitude with which she does so — an aw-shucks kind of casualness coupled with a dizzy exhibitionist’s delight."
- Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Read the full NY Times Review.

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David Hyde Pierce to Contribute to The Importance of Being Earnest: Live in HD; Venues Announced - April 11, 2011

"Tony Award winner David Hyde Pierce will serve as host of The Importance of Being Earnest: Live in HD, which will be shown for limited screenings in movie theaters and performing arts centers across the U.S. and internationally on Thursday, June 2, 2011 and varying dates through June 30.

The film preserves The Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of The Importance of Being Earnest, currently performing at the American Airlines Theatre. Brian Bedford directs and stars as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's popular comedy of mistaken identity, which ridicules codes of propriety and etiquette." - TheaterMania.com

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The Importance of Being Earnest: Live in HD is being captured live in high-definition from the Broadway stage for limited screenings in movie theaters and performing arts centers across the U.S. and internationally on Thursday, June 2, 2011 and varying dates through June 30.

Roundabout Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Works and BY Experience are thrilled to collaborate on this exciting theatrical project for movie audiences in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to be able to experience the best of Broadway.

A full list of participating cinemas, exhibition dates and ticket prices will be announced soon. For more information on The Importance of Being Earnest: Live in HD please go to www.EarnestHD.com.

 

 

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2010-2011 Season, Live in HD, Roundabout News, The Importance of Being Earnest


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