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Studio 54 Theater

254 West 54th Street


October 11, 2006

Broadway Play (Comedy)

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Roundabout Theatre Company will begin its 2007/2008 season at Studio 54 with a revival of Terrance McNally’s hysterically funny comedy, The Ritz, this October. When an unsuspecting heterosexual businessman takes refuge from a homicidal mobster at a gay bathhouse all sorts of confusion, innuendo and mayhem occur making for one wild ride at the theater.

This classic play takes place at a Manhattan bathhouse known as the Ritz. When businessman Gaetano Proclo needs to hide out from Carmine Vespucci, his violent mobster brother-in-law, he takes refuge at the Ritz not knowing what type of establishment it actually is. Once he realizes where he is he goes undercover and so to keep people from becoming suspicious he pretends to be a big time Broadway producer. Throughout the course of the show he encounters several unforgettable and colorful characters to say the least including third rate entertainer Googie Gomez who dreams of becoming a star. She believes that Gaetano is a famous producer who could make her dream come true and he mistakes her for a man in drag. To further complicate matters his wife discovers his hide out and obviously jumps to the wrong conclusion about her straight husband. But even more chaos occurs when Carmine finally tracks him down!

The original production first appeared on Broadway in 1975 at the Longacre Theatre and played for 398 performances. After it closed in January of 1976 it was made into a film starring the original Broadway cast; Jack Weston, Rita Moreno and Jerry Stiller. All three were nominated for a Golden Globe Award for their work in the film. In this revival Rosie Perez stars as the flamboyant Googie. She is best known for starring in such films as Do the Right Thing, Fearless and It Could Happen to You. She also choreographed all the Fly Girl performances in the comedy series In Living Color from 1990 to 1993. She made her Broadway debut in 2002 as Frankie in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lure. She was last seen on the Great White Way in 2004 as Pooty in Reckless. The production also stars Kevin Chamberline, Brooks Ashmanskas and Lenny Venito. The play was written by Terrance McNally whose other works include Next (1969), Kiss of the Spider Woman (1992) and Lips Together, Teeth Apart a 1991 play that deals with the irrational fears that people can have toward homosexuals and AIDS victims.

The Ritz is an outrageously funny play that is sure to have audiences laughing out loud. This witty production should not be missed by anyone who is seeking a comical experience this season. This limited engagement is scheduled to close at the beginning of December so get your tickets soon!

The Ritz Tickets

The Ritz tickets will be selling for around one hundred dollars with premium seating reaching close to one hundred and fifty dollars. It is always best to book your tickets for new Broadway shows as early as possible as many shows can sell out months in advance. To view a great selection of The Ritz Tickets Click The Link!

Show Times

Wed & Sat & Sun 2pm

Tue through Sat 8pm


Take the C, E trains to 50th Street & 8th Avenue.

Take the 1, 9 trains to 50th Street & Broadway.

Take the B, D, E trains to 53rd Street & 7th Avenue.

Take the A, B, C, D, 1, 9 trains to 59th Street-Columbus Circle.


Rosie Perez
Kevin Chamberlain
Brooks Ashmanskas
Caroline Aaron
Patrick Kerr
Lucas Near-Verbrugghe
Terrence Riordan
Seth Rudetsky
Adam Sietz
David Turner
Lenny Venito
Ryan Idol
Teddy Coluca
Billy Magnussen
Mark Leydorf
Matthew Montelongo
Angela Pietropinto
Jeffrey Evan Thomas
Josh Breckenridge
Justin Clynes
Andrew Cooksey
Lukas Hassel
Nick Mayo
Dillon Porter


Direction - Joe Mantello
Written by - Terrence McNallyChoreography - Christopher Gattelli
Set Design - Scott Pask
Costume Design - William Ivey Long
Lighting Design - Peggy Eisenhauer and Jules Fisher
Sound Design - Tony Meola
Musical Direction - Seth Rudetsky

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