Prelude To A Kiss

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American Airlines Theater

227 West 42nd Street


March 8, 2007

Original Broadway Play

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Wed & Sat & Sun 2pm

Tue Through Sat 8pm

The Revival Show

If you missed seeing this classic romantic comedy first time round, make sure that you do not on its limited revival run! In its first run, Prelude to a Kiss previewed on April 29, 1990, and after eight previews opened on May 1, 1990 at the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway. Before coming to Broadway, the play – originally commissioned and produced at the South Coast Repertory in 1988 – opened at the Circle Repertory Company, an Off-Broadway venue, on February 20, 1990. The production soon moved to the Helen Hayes Theater, after it received rave reviews. After 440 performances, the play closed on may 19, 1991.

In this duration, Prelude to a Kiss was nominated for a number of Awards:

1990 Tony Award for Best Play
1990 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play - Mary-Louise Parker
1990 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play
1990 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play - Mary-Louise Parker
1990 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play - Norman René
1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama – Craig Lucas

Mary-Louise Parker, however, won the 1990 Theatre World Award.

The Revival

The revival of this touching play previewed at the American Airlines Theater on February 17, 2007, and after 23 previews opened on March 8, 2007. Slated for a very short run, Prelude to a Kiss has completed 13 performances as of March 18, 2007 and is closing on April 29, 2007.

Written by Craig Lucas, and directed by Daniel Sullivan, Prelude to a Kiss is about a young newly wedded couple Rita and Peter, whose life takes an amazing turn when after their nuptial kiss, an uninvited guest - a sad-eyed, elderly stranger – congratulates the bride with a kiss.

This kiss changes the lives of all the three characters, as it causes Rita and the old man to switch souls. Peter finds that the young beautiful woman he fell in love with now resides in the body of an old man, who is fast decaying. That one kiss causes the couple to travel through puzzling identities, yearning for that pure connection of love.

The Venue

The revival of Prelude to a Kiss is being performed at the American Airlines Theater, owned and operated by the Roundabout Theater Company. Designed by architect George Keister, and built by the Selwyn Brothers - Edgar and Arch Selwyn - in 1918, the theater was originally known as the Selwyn Theater.

The theater fell to disrepair, and then was renovated and restored, and became home for the Roundabout Theater Company in the late 1990s. The restored Selwyn Theater was re-named the American Airlines Theater, due to the large donation and support by the American Airlines, and opened on July 27, 2000.

The Tickets

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