Behlmann, Jackson, Folmar et al. Lead 39 STEPS at New World Stages
The producers of the Tony Award-winning comedy, Alfred Hitchcock's THE 39 STEPS, have announced casting for the Off-Broadway production. The new cast of THE 39 STEPS will begin performances on Thursday, March 25, prior to opening on Thursday, April 15 at New World Stages / Stage 1.
The cast will feature John Behlmann as Richard Hannay, Cameron Folmar as Man #2, Jamie Jackson as Man #1 and Kate MacCluggage as Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret. The production also features Greg Jackson.
The move marks the fourth New York home for the peripatetic Tony Award-winning comedy. The production originally began performances on January 4, 2008 and opened January 15, 2008 at Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre. The production then moved to the Cort Theatre and Helen Hayes Theatre, playing for over two years and 771 laugh-filled performances, the longest run of any Broadway play in seven years.
THE 39 STEPS is now in its third smash year in London, with productions having played in such cities as Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Athens and Seoul and US and UK national tours currently on the road.
Adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Maria Aitken, THE 39 STEPS is based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and on the book by John Buchan.
Set and costume design is by Peter McKintosh, lighting design is by Kevin Adams and sound design is by Mic Pool. Original movement was created by Toby Sedgwick. Additional movement is created by Christopher Bayes. Production stage manager is Nevin Hedley.
THE 39 STEPS features a cast of four actors who, against all odds, breathlessly and hilariouslyattempt to reenact all of the characters, locations and famous scenes in Hitchcock's 1935 film thriller with just a few props and a lot of theatrical ingenuity and split second quick changes.
THE 39 STEPS opened to deliriously ecstatic reviews. Ben Brantley, New York Times, called the production, "Absurdly enjoyable! This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock's film is fast and frothy, performed by a cast of four that seems like a cast of thousands. The actors themselves seem to be having a helluva good time. As does the audience." Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News, exclaimed, "Hitchcock probably never imagined his thriller had the makings of a hilarious comedy, but this show is a dizzy delight and an ingenious spoof, inventively directed by Maria Aitken. A fast-paced fun ride!"
THE 39 STEPS is produced by Bob Boyett, Harriet Newman Leve, Jane Dubin, Richard Winkler/Dan Frishwasser, Pamela Laudenslager/Douglas Denoff, Olympus Theatricals, Tim Levy/Jennifer Isaacson, Manocherian Productions, Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley, Remmel T. Dickinson, True Love Productions, Kevin Lyle, Marek J. Cantor, Lary Brandt/Meredith Lucio/Probo Productions, in association with Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Managing Director; Julia Levy, Executive Director), Huntington Theatre Company (Nicholas Martin, Artistic Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director) and Edward Snape for Fiery Angel Ltd.
Tickets ($89.50 - 69.50) are available through Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com. Student rush is available for $27.50. All prices include a $1.50 facility fee. Performances are Monday, Wednesday - Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 3:00 and 8:00 PM, Sunday at 3:00 and 7:00 PM.
John Behlmann (Richard Hannay) Broadway: Journey's End. Off Broadway: Ghosts at the Pearl Theatre Company. Regional: Orlando in As You Like It, Shakespeare Theatre Company; The Glass Menagerie with Amy Irving at Guild Hall; Doubt at Portland Center Stage; Pride & Prejudice at the Eastman Theatre; three seasons as company member with the Denver Center Theatre Company; and the world premiere of Bill Pullman's Expedition 6, which was performed at the Magic Theatre, Kennedy Center and NY Stage & Film. Television: "3 lbs.", "All My Children" and "Guiding Light". Film: Revolutionary Road, Pretty Bird, and Unstoppable. John is also a trained trapeze artist and Artistic Associate of Matchbook Productions. He received his BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and his MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, CO.