Photo Flash: Victoria Clark, Alan Cumming, et al. at THE MORINI STRAD Opening Night!

On Tuesday, April 3rd, Primary Stages (Casey Childs, Founder & Executive Producer; Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director; Elliot Fox, Managing Director) celebrated opening night of The Morini Strad, a new play by Willy Holtzman (Sabina). Directed by Casey Childs, the cast features Michael Laurence (Krapp39, Broadway's Talk Radio, Opus at Primary Stages), Tony nominee Mary Beth Peil ("The Good Wife," "Dawson's Creek," The King and I), and celebrated violin soloist Hanah Stuart (Chicago Symphony Hall, Zankel Hall). The production features a set design by Neil Patel, costume design by David C. Woolard, lighting design by Mary Louise Geiger, original music and sound design by Lindsay Jones, and projection design by Jan Hartley.The limited engagement plays through April 28 at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters.

Check out photos from the celebration below!

Opening night guests included Victoria Clark (Sister Act, The Light in the Piazza), Alan Cummings ("The Good Wife," Cabaret), Daisy Foote (When They Speak of Rita, Him), Penny Fuller (Applause, The Dinner Party), Randy Graff (City of Angels, Motherhood Out Loud), Zach Grenier ("The Good Wife," J. Edgar, 33 Variations), A.R. Gurney (Black Tie, The Grand Manner), Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello), Barry Kleinbort (Big City Rhythm), Tony Lo Bianco (A View From the Bridge, The French Connection), Michele Lowe (String of Pearls, Motherhood Out Loud), renowned violin maker and rare instrument dealer Brian Skarstad, (who is played by Michael Laurence in the The Morini Strad), Jonathan Tolins (Secrets of the Trade, The Last Sunday in June) and Evan Yionoulis (The Violet Hour, Him).

Inspired by the true New York story of concert violinist Erica Morini and her legendary Stradivarius violin, The Morini Strad is a delicate duet between Erica, a difficult former child prodigy, and Brian, a stubbornly independent violin maker she hires to restore and then sell her beloved Strad. As Brian makes the arrangements, the question of what will become of the priceless instrument threatens to destroy their unexpected friendship. Through classical music and fiery confrontations, Brian and Erica must face the choices they've made about their music and their lives.

LISTINGS INFORMATION FOR THE MORINI STRAD: The Morini Strad plays through April 28 at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Performances are Tuesday-Thursday at 7:00pm, Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 2:00pm & 8:00pm, with a Sunday matinee at 3:00pm on April 8. There will be a special Wednesday matinee on April 11 at 2:00pm. Single tickets are priced at $45 for preview performances (March 20 - April 1) and $65 for all performances after April 3. Tickets may be purchased by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, online at www.primarystages.org, or in person at the 59E59 Theaters Box Office. Group Tickets (10+) are $35 each for preview performances and $45 each for all performances after April 3, and are available by calling (212) 840-9705, ext. 204. Please visit the website at www.primarystages.org, or call (212) 840-9705 for additional information.

Photo Credit: 2012 Jonathan Kandel

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