Shining City, Starring O'Byrne, Opens on Bway May 9

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Manhattan Theatre Club's American premiere of Conor McPherson's Shining City will open on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre (261 West 47th Street) will on Tuesday, May 9; previews began on Thursday, April 20. The production is directed by Tony Award-winner Robert Falls.

The show stars Tony Award-winner Brían F. O'Byrne (Ian), Oliver Platt (John), Martha Plimpton (Neasa), and Peter Scanavino (Laurence).

"Originally produced at London's Royal Court Theater to critical acclaim, Shining City is set in Dublin, where a guilt-ridden man (Platt) reaches out to a therapist (O'Byrne) after seeing the ghost of his recently deceased wife. Wrestling with his own demons, the therapist can only do so much to help. Routine visits between the two men quickly become a gripping struggle to survive, changing both of them for the rest of their lives," state press notes.

The creative team for Shining City includes: Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Christopher Akerlind (lighting design), Kaye Voyce (costume design), and Obadiah Eaves (sound design).

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country's most prominent theatre companies. Renowned MTC productions include Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Yellowman; Kimberly Akimbo; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Sylvia; Four Dogs and a Bone; Putting It Together; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain't Misbehavin.' In 2003, MTC reopened Broadway's long neglected landmark Biltmore Theatre, following a two-year, $35 million capital campaign.

Tickets are available at Telecharge at 212-239-6200 and at telecharge.com and at the Biltmore box office (261 West 47th Street). Visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com for more information. 

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