Photo Coverage: 'The Glorious Ones' Opening Night

November 6
11:24 PM 2007

The Lincoln Center Theater production of The Glorious Ones, a new musical with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty and choreography and direction by Graciela Daniele opened Monday, November 5 at 6:45 PM at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. The Opening Night Party was held at O'Neals (49 West 64th Street).

This new musical features Natalie Venetia Belcon, Erin Davie, John Kassir, David Patrick Kelly, Marc Kudisch, Julyana Soelistyo, and Jeremy Webb. Sets are by Dan Ostling, costumes by Mara Blumenfeld, lighting by Stephen Strawbridge, sound by Scott Stauffer, orchestrations by Michael Starobin and musical direction by David Holcenberg

"The Glorious Ones is a backstage musical about the lives, loves, ambitions, and art of the performers in a 16th-century commedia dell'arte troupe in Italy of the late Renaissance. Based on the novel by Francine Prose, the musical tells how the troupe came to be and how it captured the public's adoration with its bawdy comedy, before changing artistic fashion altered its way of life. Its seven archetypal characters are the charismatic leading man (Marc Kudisch), the sly harlequin (Jeremy Webb), the quack 'dottore' (John Kassir), the old miser (David Patrick Kelly), the voluptuous leading lady (Natalie Venetia Belcon), the devoted dwarf (Julyana Soelistyo), and the elegant moon woman (Erin Davie)," explain press notes.

The performance schedule for The Glorious Ones is Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2PM and Sunday at 3PM. Tickets priced at $70 to $75 are available at the Lincoln Center Theater box office (150 West 65 Street), by calling Tele-Charge at (212) 239-6200 or on-line by visiting

Photos by Ben Strothmann

Larry Pine

Roy Thinnes and John Kassir

John Kassir

Erin Davie

Erin Davie

Erin Davie and Nehal Joshi

Shannon Lewis and Marc Kudisch

Marc Kudisch

Marc Kudisch and David Patrick Kelly

Jeremy Webb, Marc Kudisch and David Patrick Kelly

Jeremy Webb

Jeremy Webb with his mother, Cathy Webb

Ashley Morris (Die Mommie Die)

Ira Weitzman and William Finn

Marc Kudisch and Julyana Soelistyo

Marc Kudisch and Julyana Soelistyo

Juliana Soelistyo

Juliana Soelistyo

Julyana Soelistyo and Graciela Daniele

Julyana Soelistyo and Graciela Daniele

Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens

Francine Prose

John Kassir, Erin Davie and Francine Prose

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery ( and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See for more info.

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