Brief Encounter - A Classic Romantic Movie Now On The Broadway Stage!
Matinee: Wed Sat Sun 2pm
Evening: Mon through Sat 8pm
Brief Encounter is on its way to Broadway after a successful run at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. The theater adaptation is based on the brilliant 1945 Noël Coward film of the same name. The new workings will be opening at the Studio 54 Theatre for a limited-run. The production will begin previews on September 10, 2010 and officially open on September 28, 2010. Brief Encounter has a set closing date of December 5, 2010. The show is among the top picks for the fall Broadway season lineup.
The Coward film has always been respected and loved for its wonderful screenplay. The theater adaptation will re imagine the romantic tale of an unhappily married housewife and her chance encounter with the handsome doctor who falls for her in a coffee shop at the train station. The production uses live music, song and dance as well as Technicolor alongside thoughtful staging, which truly bring the film to life in the theater.
In 2008 the Kneehigh Theatre production was adapted by director Emma Rice and turned into a stage play. The show toured the UK with success and found a home at the Haymarket Cinema in London where it ran until November 2008. The production then headed out on another UK tour, which lasted 27 weeks and included venues such as the Oxford Playhouse, Marlowe Theatre and the Richmond Theatre. The production first premiered in the U.S. at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California. The show then went on to play the St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York where it enjoyed a sold out run. The adapted screenplay won acclaim, although many reviews were mixed.
The original film which was released in 1946 was a huge success. The Noël Coward screenplay was actually based on his one act 1936 stage play "Still Life." The film included a cast of Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway and Joyce Carey. The film version received great praise and was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Celia Johnson for Best Actress in 1947. "Brief Encounter" is today considered one of the greatest works in British filmmaking coming in second in the 1999 British Film Institute poll of the top 100 British films. There was a 1974 American remake of the Coward's original screenplay which starred Richard Burton and Sophia Loren, which was torn apart by film critics.
The Broadway version of "Brief Encounter will be the Broadway debut for director Emma Rice. Rice was nominated for the 2009 Best Director Oliver Award for her work on London's West End production. The cast for the Studio 54 production includes:
Joseph Alessi as Albert/Fred
Dorothy Atkinson - Beryl
Damon Daunno as Bill/Bobbie
Gabriel Ebert as Stanley
Annette McLaughlin as Myrtle
Tristan Sturrock as Alec
Laura Hannah as Yelland
The Roundabout Theatre Company will be presenting London’s Kneehigh Theatre’s adaptation. Brief Encounter tickets are on sale now for all dates and show times at the Studio 54 Theatre so go check it out and see what all the buzz is about!
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