Photo Coverage: Helen Hunt Premieres in OUR TOWN

Producers Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian and Tom Wirtshafter welcomed Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hunt to the cast of David Cromer's acclaimed production of Thornton Wilder's OUR TOWN, last night, July 6.  Hunt will appear in OUR TOWN for four weeks only (through Sunday, August 1st) at the Barrow Street Theatre, succeeding Michael McKean, who gave his final performance on Sunday evening, July 4. Hunt becomes the sixth actor to assume the iconic role of 'Stage Manager' in this record-breaking production. BroadwayWorld brings you coverage of her debut evening.

Helen Hunt performed the role of ‘Emily' in the Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theatre production of OUR TOWN, in which Spalding Gray was the ‘Stage Manager.' (Mr. Cromer has dedicated his production of OUR TOWN to the memory Spalding Gray). Hunt's last Broadway appearances were in Yazmena Reza's Life (x) 3, and as ‘Viola' in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Twelfth Night.

The New York production of OUR TOWN began performances on February 17, 2009, with an official opening night on February 26, 2009 where it received rave reviews at the downtown venue. OUR TOWN went on to win the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Direction and Obie Award for Outstanding Director. This current staging of OUR TOWN enters its second year on February 26th and became the longest-running production of the play in its 72-year history with its record-breaking 337th performance on December 16, 2009.

The current cast of Our Town includes (in alphabetical order) Elizabeth Audley as Mrs. Soames, Jeremy Beiler as Simon Stimson, Robert Beitzel as Howie Newsome, Kati Brazda as Mrs. Webb, Will Brill as Joe Crowell, Jr, Nathan Dame as Sam Craig, Roger E. DeWitt as Joe Stoddard, Ann Dowd as Mrs. Gibbs, Emma Galvin as Rebecca Gibbs, Jennifer Grace as Emily Webb, Mark Hattan as Constable Warren, Jake Horowitz as Wally Webb, Helen Hunt as the Stage Manager, David Manis as Mr. Webb, Daniel Marcus as Professor Willard, James McMenamin as George Gibbs, Jeff Still as Doc Gibbs, Jason Yachanin as Si Crowell, with Dana Jacks, Lynn Laurence, Kathleen Peirce, Keith Perry and Mark Shock.

OUR TOWN is produced by Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian, Tom Wirtshafter, Ted Snowdon, Eagle Productions, Dena Hammerstein/Pam Pariseau, The Weinstein Company, and Burnt Umber Productions.

For more information, visit www.ourtownoffbroadway.com or www.barrowstreettheatre.com.

Photo Credit: Peter James Zielinski

Photo Coverage: Helen Hunt Premieres in OUR TOWN

Photo Coverage: Helen Hunt Premieres in OUR TOWN
Helen Hunt with the Cast of OUR TOWN

Photo Coverage: Helen Hunt Premieres in OUR TOWN
Helen Hunt with the Cast of OUR TOWN

Photo Coverage: Helen Hunt Premieres in OUR TOWN
Helen Hunt with the Cast of OUR TOWN

Photo Coverage: Helen Hunt Premieres in OUR TOWN
Helen Hunt with the Cast of OUR TOWN

Photo Coverage: Helen Hunt Premieres in OUR TOWN
Helen Hunt with the Cast of OUR TOWN

Photo Coverage: Helen Hunt Premieres in OUR TOWN
Helen Hunt with the Cast of OUR TOWN

Photo Coverage: Helen Hunt Premieres in OUR TOWN
Helen Hunt with the Cast of OUR TOWN

Photo Coverage: Helen Hunt Premieres in OUR TOWN
Helen Hunt

Photo Coverage: Helen Hunt Premieres in OUR TOWN
David Cromer and Helen Hunt

Photo Coverage: Helen Hunt Premieres in OUR TOWN
Jeff Still, Ann Dowd, Jennifer Grace, Helen Hunt, James McMenamin, Kati Brazda, and David Manis

Photo Coverage: Helen Hunt Premieres in OUR TOWN
Helen Hunt

Photo Coverage: Helen Hunt Premieres in OUR TOWN
Jennifer Grace, Helen Hunt, and James McMenamin

Photo Coverage: Helen Hunt Premieres in OUR TOWN
David Cromer

Photo Coverage: Helen Hunt Premieres in OUR TOWN
Helen Hunt

Photo Coverage: Helen Hunt Premieres in OUR TOWN
Helen Hunt with the Cast of OUR TOWN

Photo Coverage: Helen Hunt Premieres in OUR TOWN

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Peter James Zielinski As an Equity actor, Peter is photographing the industry from the inside out. He has performed in numerous shows regionally, sung a duet with Richard Chamberlain in the National Tour of "Scrooge," and starred in "The Zoo Project" which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. When not on stage, he can be found photographing headshots and live theatre in NYC, Chicago and LA. As an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, he also acts as a retouching artist for photographers city-wide. For more information, please visit: http://www.pjzstudios.com


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