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Death Takes A Holiday

‘Death Takes a Holiday’ at Broadway in Bryant Park

Posted on: August 4th, 2011 by Bradley Sanchez

 

Kevin Earley and Mara Davi performing "Shimmy Like They Do in Paree"

Kevin Earley and Mara Davi performing "Shimmy Like They Do in Paree"

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Death Takes a Holiday: A Conversation with Julian Ovenden

Posted on: July 7th, 2011 by Bradley Sanchez

 

Roundabout's resident Education Dramaturg, Ted Sod, sits down with Death Takes a Holiday leading man, Julian Ovenden, to discuss working on a new musical, life/death and more, as part of Education @ Roundabout's UPSTAGE Guide.

Ted Sod: How did you come to work in the theatre?

Julian Ovenden:It’s quite a difficult thing to trace back; your motivation. I wasn't one of these people who came out of the womb and realized the stage was for them. I think it occurred as a natural progression in my life as a result of the events that fashioned me. My father, for example, is a priest and a man of the people. He is a great communicator. That might be one of the influences. Then I went away to school when I was seven as a chorister in a choir which was musically and artistically a professional environment. That set me up in that way. It opened a window into that world. In England, if you go away to boarding school at a young age, you could find yourself emotionally stunted. You have to deal with the trauma of leaving your parents. People talk about the English “stiff upper lip” and being reserved. When I was 16, 17, 18, 19 and growing up, I perhaps wasn’t as in touch with my emotional life as I wanted to be or needed to be. I think it was a natural progression to find something that allowed me to reconnect with that part of my life; whether it was through music which I was passionate about or whether it was through acting. I found myself going to drama school and I felt at home with it. I felt I had something to give, something to offer and something to share. Those are the main sign posts on that particular map. I discovered that it is a job that I deeply love.

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Roundabout Roundup: Week of June 6, 2011

Posted on: June 10th, 2011 by Bradley Sanchez

 

Death Takes a Holiday Begins Performances
June 10

"The question of why mortals cling so passionately to life hangs in the air of the new musical Death Takes a Holiday, starting a world-premiere Off-Broadway engagement June 10. The songs of Tony Award winner Maury Yeston (Nine, Titanic) caress that query, made by the Grim Reaper himself.

The life-loving friends, family and lovers of the Roundabout Theatre Company's Laura Pels Theatre include British actor Julian Ovenden as Death, in a handsome disguise, plus Broadway's Jill Paice as his object of desire, with Max von Essen, Matt Cavenaugh, Simon Jones, Linda Balgord, Rebecca Luker, Michael Siberry and more." - Playbill.com

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2010-2011 Season, Anything Goes, Death Takes A Holiday, Roundabout Roundup, The Importance of Being Earnest, The People In The Picture


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