BAGHDADDY to Close Next Weekend Off-Broadway
The well reviewed, NY Times Critic's Pick Baghdaddy by Marshall Pailet and A.D. Penedo returned to NYC on April 6, opening on Monday, May 1, 2017, will close as planned on June 25, 2017 at St. Luke's Theatre (308 West 46th Street). It will have played 16 previews and 38 regular performances.
"I have been nurturing Baghdaddy for over a decade. Marshall and A.D. turned it into a substantial work of art that is hilarious, absurd and heartbreaking at the same time. Telling the story of how we started Iraq War under false pretenses is incredibly important, and I wish we could keep doing it. I am incredibly proud of Baghdaddy and am awed by the talent and commitment of our cast and crew, who bring it to life night after night. This is just the beginning of the show's journey. We hope to announce a cast album soon, which will ensure this magnificent score is captured, and that Baghdaddy will be performed around the world," producer Charlie Fink said.
The show begins in a church basement, where disgraced spies, along with the unwitting audience, gather for a support group meeting. The action soon shifts to Frankfurt Airport, where a mysterious Iraqi defector claims he built secret Iraqi bio-weapons labs. At CIA headquarters, our other characters are contending with their own ambitions, rash decisions, inflexible bosses, unrequited affections and unremitting boredom, when a fax arrives from Germany, and with it a golden opportunity. If the defector's story holds up, it will be the ticket out of the basement and into a corner office. It's all fun and games until the looming cataclysm changes everything.
The Baghdaddy cast includes: Brennan Caldwell (Regional: Urinetown. NBC's "The Sing-Off"); Jason Collins (National Tour: Annie; NYC: Signs of Life); Bob D'Haene (The Three Times She Knocked), Brandon Espinoza (Broadway: Tuck Everlasting, Gypsy); Joe Joseph (Regional: Kiss of the Spiderwoman); Claire Neumann (NYC: Triassic Parq) and Larisa Oleynik (TV: "Mad Men," Nickelodeon's "The Secret World of Alex Mack" Film: 10 Things I Hate About You) and Ethan Slater (SpongeBob in SpongeBob Musical).
Baghdaddy is written by Marshall Pailet and A.D. Penedo directed by Marshall Pailet with musical direction by Rona Siddiqui, orchestrations by Charlie Rosen and choreography by Misha Shields, based on a screenplay by J.T. Allen, creative team includes: Kaite Heavner (Set Design), Jennifer Schriever (Lighting Design), Summer Lee Jack (Costume Design), Courteney Leggett (Production Stage Manager), Daryl Eisenberg (Casting), Edmund Gaynes (General Manager), Sean Springle (Company Manager). Baghdaddy is produced by Charlie Fink and co-produced by Tim Disney, Jan Brandt, Abigail E. Disney, Catherine Adler, Alan Goodman and Lawrence Poster.
Photo Credit: Amde Williams