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Photo Coverage: Opening Night at Sarah, Plain and Tall

March 25
1:54 PM 2006
THEATREWORKS/NYC is concluding its 2005-06 season with the revival of its hit musical SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL running March 19 - April 30, 2006 at its home at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street. Based on Patricia MacLachlan's Newbery Medal-winning book, SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL is an exuberant musical about a family whose house on the prairie is empty until Sarah enters their lives, awakens their hearts, and helps them sing again. It is being directed by Joe Calarco, with book by Julia Jordan, music by Laurence O'Keefe and lyrics by Nell Benjamin. The seventy-five minute show is recommended for audiences ages 8 and up.

SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL stars sisters Becca Ayers, who is returning to the role of "Sarah" having originated it in the acclaimed 2002 world premiere, and has since been seen on Broadway in Avenue Q, and her sister Heather Ayers, who starred in the Off-Broadway musical Five Course Love and was featured in the long-running hit Forbidden Broadway. Also returning to SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL in their original roles are Herndon Lackey (Broadway in Parade, Inherit the Wind, The Kiss of the Spiderwoman; Theatreworks' A Christmas Carol), Kenneth Boys (Theatreworks' Walk Two Moons; Public Theatre, Jewish Rep and Players Theatre), and Kate Wetherhead, (Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Theatreworks' Cam Jansen, Summer of the Swans). New to the cast are Lani Shipman, Mica Duncan and Kate Fahrner.

For exact performance schedule and to order tickets, log onto www.twusa.org or call Ticket Central at 212/279-4200.


Curtain call--Kenneth Boys, Kate Wetherhead, Herndon Lackey, Becca Ayers, Gene Biscontini, and Heather Ayers

Gene Biscontini and Heather Ayers

Kenneth Boys, Kate Wetherhed and Herndon Lackey

Herndon Lackey and Becca Ayers

Becca Ayers

Kenneth Boys, Kate Wetherhead, Herndon Lackey, Becca Ayers, Gene Biscontini, and Heather Ayers

Becca Ayers and Heather Ayers

Gene Biscontini with parents Stacey and Gene

Heather Ayers, Kenneth Boys, Ruth E. Kramer (workshop shop manager), Herndon Lackey and Nell Benjamin (lyrics)

Jack Safra, Mara Safra (TheatreWorks board member) and Barbara Pasternack (artistic director)

Michael Alltop (associate artistic director), John Capo (development associate), and Sammi Sicinski (associate manager of special events)

Gene Bisconti--Jr. and Sr.--and Michael Alltop

Kate Wetherhed, Mike Croiter (drummer, Avenue Q) and Becca Ayers

The cast: Herndon Lackey, Gene Biscontini, Kenneth Boys, Kate Wetherhead, Becca Ayers, and Heather Ayers

Cast, Creative, and TheatreWorks Staff

Larry O'Keefe (music) and wife Nell Benjamin (lyrics)

Kait Kerrigan (Henry & Mudge), Stephen Sislen (SLUT, Paul Revere), and Michael Cassara

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery (heartgallerynyc.org) and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See www.benstrothmann.com for more info.


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