Photo Coverage: 'BLITHE SPIRIT' Meets the Media

Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit begins performances on Thursday, February 26, 2009. It will open Sunday, March 15, 2009 at the Shubert Theatre (West 44th Street). The starry Blithe Spirit cast "revealed" themselves to the media on Friday, January 30th at the 2nd Stage Theater Rehearsal Studio in midtown Manhattan, BroadwayWorld "conjured" up our cameras to bring you all the coverage on the special media event.

The creative team, led by two time Tony Award winner Michael Blakemore (Kiss Me, Kate; Copenhagen, City of Angels, Noises Off!), will include sets by Tony Award nominee Peter J. Davison (Copenhagen, Democracy, Medea), lighting by three-time Tony Award winner Brian MacDevitt (The Coast of Utopia, The Pillowman, Into the Woods), and costumes by Tony winner Martin Pakledinaz (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Gypsy, Wonderful Town).

Blithe Spirit will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Steve Traxler, Jennifer Costello, Ken Davenport, Scott Delman, Jamie DeRoy, Wendy Federman, Michael Filerman, Jeffrey Finn, Ronald Frankel, Barbara and Buddy Freitag, JK Productions, Patty Ann Lacerte, Alan D. Marks, Judith Resnick, Arlene Scanlan, Terry Schnuck, and Barry Weisbord.

Blithe Spirit will star Angela Lansbury (Sweeney Todd,Gypsy, Dear World, Mame), Rupert Everett (My Best Friend's Wedding, An Ideal Husband), two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens, 42nd Street), and two time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson ("24", "Recount" Enchanted April). Simon Jones (Waiting in the Wings, The Real Thing) and Deborah Rush (Noises Off!) round out the cast. The play will be directed by two-time Tony Award winner Michael Blakemore (Kiss Me, Kate, Copenhagen).

Tickets for Blithe Spirit can be purchased by visiting telecharge.com or calling 212-239-6200 in the New York area, and 800-432-7250 outside the New York metro area

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.