Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party

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The Rise Of Dorothy Hale, a new play by Myra Bairstow, celebrated its company opening performance on Sunday, September 30 at St. Luke's Theatre, followed by a cast party at Sardi's Restaurant. Because of a change in directors, opening night is scheduled for October 4.

Pamela Hall directs a cast that features Michael Badalucco (Frank DeLuca), Patrick Boll (Mitch Davenport), Sarita Choudhury (Frida Kahlo), Laura Bonarrigo (Dorothy Hale), Mark LaMura (Harry Hopkins) and Sarah Wynter (Clare Booth Luce).

"History has recorded that Dorothy Hale died in New York City on October 21, 1938 after plunging sixteen stories from her apartment window at the Hampshire House on Central Park South. Dorothy's death was ruled a suicide…" explain press notes, "The Rise Of Dorothy Hale explores the life and death of Dorothy Hale through the creative process of Frida Kahlo and enables the contradictions in history to stand face to face.  Did the alleged suicide note that Clare Boothe Luce claims to have received even exist? Why did Harry Hopkins involve the White House to handle damage control around Dorothy's death?  What possible secrets did Dorothy know about Harry Hopkins and Clare Luce before she was found dead?  Was Dorothy Hale's death a suicide or a murder made to look like a suicide?"

Performances are Monday and Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM, with matinees Wednesday at 2PM and Saturday & Sunday at 3PM at St Luke's Theatre (308 West 46th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues). For tickets call Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200. For additional information, visit www.dorothyhale.com 

Photos by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
The Rise of Dorothy Hale at St. Luke's Theatre

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Sarah Wynter

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Laura Bonarrigo and Sarah Wynter

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Mark LaMura, Laura Bonarrigo and Sarah Wynter

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Michael Badalucco

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Patrick Boll and Sarita Choudhury

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Sarita Choudhury, Patrick Boll and Michael Badalucco

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Sarita Choudhury, Patrick Boll and Michael Badalucco

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Sarah Wynter, Myra Bairstow (writer) and Mark LaMura

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
l-r: Laura Bonarrigo, Sarah Wynter, Myra Bairstow, Sarita Choudhury, Patrick Boll and Michael Badalucco

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
l-r: Laura Bonarrigo, Sarah Wynter, Myra Bairstow, Sarita Choudhury, Patrick Boll and Michael Badalucco

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
l-r: Laura Bonarrigo, Sarah Wynter, Myra Bairstow, Sarita Choudhury, Patrick Boll and Michael Badalucco

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Myra Bairstow

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Pamela Hall (Director)

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Pamela Hall and Myra Bairstow

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Paolo Montalban

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Paolo Montalban and mother

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Laura Bonarrigo

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Laura Bonarrigo

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Patrick Boll

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Patrick Boll with wife Therese

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Laura Bonarrigo and Patrick Boll

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Laura Bonarrigo and Patrick Boll

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Michael Badalucco

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Brenda Heyob and Michael Badalucco

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Mark LaMura

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Mark LaMura

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Mark LaMura with wife Elizabeth MacLellan and daughter Gabrielle

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Mark LaMura and Laura Bonarrigo

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Sarita Choudhury

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Sarita Choudhury

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Sarah Wynter

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Sarah Wynter

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Sarita Choudhury, Sarah Wynter and Laura Bonarrigo

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
Sarita Choudhury, Sarah Wynter and Laura Bonarrigo

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
l-r: Laura Bonarrigo, Mark LaMura, Patrick Boll, Pamela Hall, Paolo Montalban, Sarita Choudhury, Michael Badalucco, Myra Bairstow and Sarah Wynter

Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
l-r: Mark LaMura, Laura Bonarrigo, Patrick Boll, Sarah Wynter, Sarita Choudhury and Michael Badalucco

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 
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