Theatrical Memoir ACT ONE Closes Tonight on Broadway
The Lincoln Center Theater production of Act One will play its final performance tonight at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Act One was written and directed by James Lapine and based on the 1954 autobiography by Moss Hart. The production originally opened on April 17 for a limited engagement.
Act One was Tony nominated for Best Play. It won the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play by Beowulf Boritt. By end of tonight, Act One will have played 31 previews and 67 performances. It will also be filmed by the Lincoln Center and aired. You can read more about that here.
The cast features Bob Ari, Bill Army, Will Brill, Laurel Casillo, Chuck Cooper, Santino Fontana, Steven Kaplan, Will LeBow, Mimi Lieber,Charlotte Maier, Noah Marlowe, Andrea Martin, Greg McFadden, Deborah Offner, Lance Roberts, Matthew Saldivar, Matthew Schechter, Tony Shalhoub, Jonathan Spivey, Wendy Rich Stetson, Bob Stillman and Amy Warren.
Act One, James Lapine's new play from the classic autobiography by Moss Hart, eloquently chronicles the playwright/director's impoverished childhood and his determined struggle to escape poverty and forge a career in the theater. The company of twenty-two actors plays multiple roles with Tony Shalhoub, Santino Fontana and Matthew Schechter playing Moss Hart at different stages of his life.
Act One has sets by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting by Ken Billington, sound by Dan Moses Schreier, and original music by Louis Rosen. Original Music performed live by Bob Stillman, Principal Pianist; Steven Kaplan, Second Pianist; and Bill Army, Additional Pianist.