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Lyceum Theater

149 W. 45th Street

Two hours and 10 minutes, including one 15-minute

November 29, 2007

Broadway Play (Comedy)

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This new fast-paced comedy is set to make its world premiere at the Lyceum Theatre on December 4, 2007. The show runs the typical Broadway standard of two hours and ten minutes with one intermission. Is He Dead was inspired by the bidding war that broke out between the United States and France over Jean Francuis Millet’s painting “The Angelus”. This never-before-seen comedy was written by Twain the well known novelist and satirist in 1898 but remained unpublished until Shelly Fisher-Fishkin, a noted Twain scholar, discovered it in 2002.

In the production, a group of starving artists stage the death of their mentor in hopes of driving up the price of his paintings. In order for their outrageous scam to work the artists come up with several hysterical schemes including some cross-dressing, a full blown fake funeral and many other crazy deceptions that will have the audience rolling in the aisles. But even with all of the lengths this group goes through to ensure a successful outcome, can it work? It just might be wacky enough!

The production stars Tony award winner Norbert Leo Butz in the role of Millet. Butz, a Broadway favorite, is probably best known for his Tony award winning portrayal of Freddy in the 2005 production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He made his Broadway debut in the 1996 production of Rent and originated the role of Fiyero in 2003 in the popular musical Wicked. The show also stars stage veteran Patricia Conolly in the role of Madame Bathilide. Conolly’s impressive forty year theater resume has over 55 productions to her credit. She most recently starred on Broadway in the epic Coast of Utopia in 2006 and has also taught acting at Julliard, USC and Boston University. Is He Dead was adapted by David Ives and is directed by two time Tony award winner Michael Blakemore. In 2000 he became the only director to ever win two Tony awards as Best Director of a Play (Copenhagen) and Best Director of a Musical (Kiss Me, Kate) in the same year.

Although written in 1898, Is He Dead was way ahead of its time with its subtle critiques of the art world, social commentary and witty dialogue. Twain takes a deep, humorous look into the art community asking daring questions about the value of art and the fame and greed that sometimes can go with it. This newly discovered play is a real treat for Twain fans but can be enjoyed by all. If you are looking for a smart, witty, comical theatre experience then this shouldn’t be missed. Tickets are on sale now … so don’t delay!

Is He Dead Tickets

Is He Dead Tickets are selling at the box office for between $26.50 to $98.50. Premium seats and sold out shows are running about $110.00 for Is He Dead tickets. To view a great online resource for Is He Dead tickets click the link!

Show Times

Tue and Sat 2pm
Sun 3pm

Tue through Sat 8pm


Take the B, D, F, Q trains to 47 50th Street and 6th Avenue.

Take the N, R, S, 1, 2, 7, 9 trains to 42nd Street and Times Square.


Norbert Leo Butz
Jeremy Bobb
Marylouise Burke
Patricia Conolly
Jenn Gambatese
Byron Jennings
Michael McGrath
John McMartin
David Pittu
Bridget Regan
Tom Alan Robbins


Direction - Michael Blakemore
Written by - Mark Twain, adapted by David Ives
Scenic Design - Peter J. Davison
Costume Design - Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design - Peter Kaczorowski

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