To Be Or Not To Be

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Biltmore Theater

261 West 47th Street


October 2, 2008

Broadway Play - Dark Comedy

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The Manhattan Theatre Club kicks off its 2008/2009 season with this intriguing limited engagement black comedy. To Be or Not To Be begins previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (formerly the Biltmore Theatre) on September 11, 2008 with an official start date of October 2, 2008. Nick Whitby’s new play is based on the 1942 film of the same name and pays tribute to the theatre while telling a very funny tale in the process.

This WW II era comedy is set in 1939 Warsaw and focuses on a smash hit theatre troupe. When the troupe’s new show is shut down by censures and replaced with Hamlet during the German invasion they face dire times. All of that changes when a young bomber pilot enlists their help to catch a spy. With the group of actors on board with his plans to stop the spy from reaching Germany the chaos and the mayhem begin creating one hilarious set of circumstances after another.

The production is based on the controversial 1942 film starring Jack Benny, Carole Lombard and Robert Stack which was released during the height of the American involvement in the war. The show stars two-time Tony Award nominee Jan Maxwell in the role of Maria. Maxwell’s extensive theater credits include roles in City of Angels, The Dinner Party and last years Coram Boy for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. In the role of Josef opposite Maxwell is David Rasche. He has appeared in MTC’s world premiere Regrets Only and his Broadway credits include Speed-the-Plow, Getting and Spending and The Shadow Box. He has also had recurring roles on All My Children and Nurses. The show also features Peter Benson, Robert Dorfman and Peter Maloney.

The Manhattan Theatre Club with its talented ensemble always puts on a very well crafted and believable production; To Be or Not To Be is no exception. Get your To Be Or Not To Be tickets soon as this show is on a limited run and is scheduled to close on November 23, 2008.

Tickets Information

Tickets are costing between $56.50 - $96.50 from the box office with premium seats and sold out performances costing between $105.00 and $399.00. You can view a great online selection of To Be Or Not To Be Tickets by clicking the link.

Show Times

Wed Sat Sun 2pm

Tue through Sat 8pm


Take the A, C ,E trains to 42nd Street & 8th Avenue.

Take the B, D, F, Q trains to 47-50 Streets & 6th Avenue.

Take the N, R, S, 1, 2, 3, 7, 9 trains to 42nd Street & Times Square.


Craig Bierko
Jan Maxwell
Brian Murray
Peter Benson
Steve Kazee
Michael McCarty
Kristine Nielsen
Brandon Perler
Rocco Sisto
Marina Squerciati


Direction - Casey Nicholaw
Scenic Design - Anna Louizos
Costume Design - Gregg Barnes
Lighting Design - Howell Binkley
Sound Design - Darron L West
Written by - Nick Whitby

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