END OF THE RAINBOW Begins Previews at Broadway's Belasco
Michael Cumpsty (Anthony). On Broadway, Mr. Cumpsty has appeared in Sunday in the Park with George, The Constant Wife, Democracy, Enchanted April (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), 42nd Street (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), Copenhagen, Electra, 1776, Racing Demon, The Heiress, Translations, Timon of Athens (Bayfield Award), La Bête and Artist Descending a Staircase. His off-Broadway credits include Hamlet (OBIE Award), Richard II and Richard III (all for Classic Stage Company); Twelfth Night, Timon of Athens, All's Well That End's Well, Hamlet, Cymbeline and The Winter's Tale (all for the New York Shakespeare Festival); The Art of Success (Manhattan Theatre Club); Man and Superman (Roundabout Theatre Company). He has appeared in many of America's premiere regional theatres, including the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Hartford Stage, ALLIANCE THEATRE, McCarter Theatre Center and Guthrie Theatre. He starred in The Winter's Tale for the Royal Shakespeare Company at their home in Stratford-upon-Avon. On television he has appeared in the TV films "Dolley Madison" (PBS), "Alexander Hamilton" (PBS), "The Lady in Question" (A&E), "Night Sins" (CBS), "Mistrial" (HBO), "Hamlet" (PBS) and "The Kennedys of Massachusetts" (ABC). Mr. Cumpsty has appeared as a series regular on Fox's "King of New York," CBS's "Bob," and NBC's "L.A. Law," and has played recurring roles on "Nurse Jackie," "Star Trek: Voyager," and currently "Boardwalk Empire." His film credits include "Eat Pray Love," "Wall Street 2," "Starting Out in the Evening," "The Ex," "Flags of our Fathers," "The Visitor," "The Ice Storm," "Fatal Instinct," "State of Grace," and the forthcoming "Downtown Express" and "Burning Blue."
Tom Pelphrey (Mickey) is a 2006 and 2008 Daytime Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Younger Actor for his work on CBS's Guiding Light, on which he played bad-boy heartthrob Jonathan Randall. Teen People named Tom one of their "hot Hollywood" actors to watch. Tom gained recognition for his compelling portrayal of Roy in the Apothecary Theatre Company's Off-Broadway production of In God's Hat at Playwright's Horizons: The New York Times said, "in a word; terrific." He has guest starred on Numb3rs, Ghost Whisperer, CSI Miami, Law & Order SVU, The Good Wife, Body of Proof, and Blue Bloods. He recently completed lead roles in the films Junction, Tiger Lily Road, and Excuse Me for Living. Other film work includes Birds of America (director Craig Lucas) and The Girl is in Trouble (director Julius Onah, executive producer Spike Lee).
Jay Russell (Various) was seen on Broadway in The Play What I Wrote (directed by Kenneth Branagh). His Off?Broadway credits include Our Town (Barrow Street), Around the World in 80 Days (Irish Rep), The Normal Heart (Public), Private Jokes, Public Places, The Green Heart (MTC) and many more. National Tours include Beauty & The Beast (Lumiere), and Applause. His Film and TV work includes Morning Glory, Louie, Ugly Betty, The Sopranos, Bored to Death, The Unusuals, Onion News Network as well as numerous Law & Orders. Regional work includes City of Angels (Goodspeed), A Civil War Christmas (Long Wharf), Noises Off (Arena Stage), Tarzan (North Shore),
Natural Selection & Listeners (Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Anything Goes (Ordway), Gross Indecency & An Ideal Husband (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Importance of Being Earnest (Cincinnati Playhouse) and many more. Internationally he was seen in Fully Committed (English Theatre of Vienna) & Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (English Theatres of Frankfurt & Vienna).
Peter Quilter (Playwright) is a British playwright whose work has been translated into 21 languages and produced in 27 countries around the world. End Of The Rainbow marked the launch of his career with its award-winning premiere in 2005 at Sydney Opera House in Australia. The play has since had successful runs throughout Europe, including a sell-out seven-month tour of Holland, which concluded at the Royal Le Carre Theatre in Amsterdam. Just two months after the opening of this play, came the premiere of Glorious! (the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the worst singer in the world) at Birmingham Rep. The show transferred immediately to London's West End, where it played six months at the Duchess Theatre, starring Maureen Lipman. Glorious! was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award as Best New Comedy. Peter's recent work includes the two-actor comedy Duets (which premiered last year in Atlanta and just finished a sell-out run in Sydney), and the female monologue Just The Ticket, which will open in Germany, Australia and Brazil in the coming year. He is also the author of Boyband (London, South Africa, Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, Slovakia); The Canterville Ghost (UK tour starring Ron Moody) and the screenplay The Coogan Act (filmed as Rodzinny Show for Polish Television).
Terry Johnson (Director) won the 2010 Tony® Award for Best Direction of a Musical for his acclaimed revival of La Cage aux Folles. His work has been performed all over Great Britain and worldwide. He is the recipient of 11 major British theatre awards including the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and Critics' Circle Best Musical 2009 for La Cage Aux Folles. He also won the Olivier Awards for Best Comedy of 1994 and of 1999, Playwright of the Year 1995, Critics Circle Best New Play 1995, the League of American Theatres and Producers Best Touring Play 2001, two Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Time Out Best Play Award 1995, Writers' Guild Best Play 1995, Writers' Guild Best Play 1996, the Mayer-Whitworth Award 1993 and the John Whiting Award 1991. In addition he has received over a dozen further nominations for various awards. In recent years he has had 12 productions running in London's West End: The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice, La Cage Aux Folles, Rainman, Whipping It Up, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Hitchcock Blonde, Entertaining Mr Sloane, The Graduate, Dead Funny, Hysteria, Elton John's Glasses and The Memory Of Water. He has twice worked with Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, directing John Malkovitch in The Libertine, which was nominated for five Jeff Awards, including Best Production, and Lost Land, both plays by Stephen Jeffries. For the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain he has written and directed three productions: Cleo Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick, The London Cuckolds and Sparkleshark by Philip Ridley. In addition he has written and directed television drama that has been broadcast worldwide, most recently: "The Man Who Lost His Head" for ITV and "Not Only But Always" for Channel 4, which won five international award nominations, Best Film at Banff, and the Best Actor Bafta for Rhys Ifans. He wrote and directed "Cor Blimey!" for ITV, which was nominated by the Royal Television Society as Best Drama. He also wrote "The Bite" for the BBC and ABC Australia. His film Way Upstream was chosen for the London Film Festival and Insignificance was the official British entry at Cannes in 1985. He is a former Literary Associate at The Royal Court Theatre where he has had five of his own plays, Insignificance, Cries From The Mammal House, Hysteria, Hitchcock Blonde and Piano/Forte. He has produced and has directed two further premieres including: Joe Penhall's Dumb Show. He is exceedingly proud that his play Hysteria is currently featured on a Royal Court 50th anniversary mug.