Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'

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Signature Theatre, recipient of the 2009 Regional Theater Tony Award®, opened its 20th anniversary season on August 11 with the Broadway hit Dirty Blonde, a comedy with music about the notorious film legend Mae West. Called the "best new American play of the [2000] season" by The New York Times, Dirty Blonde runs in Signature's ARK Theatre from August 11 through October 4, 2009.

Signature's production of Dirty Blonde stars Tony Award®-nominee and Signature favorite Emily Skinner in the two roles she was born to play - the charismatic Mae West and West's most fixated fan Jo. BroadwayWorld.com's cameras caught the production and captured some photos of the talented cast in action on-stage and off!

"No evening of mere impersonation," Dirty Blonde is a "smart, tough, and tenderhearted comedy" (New York Times), revealing the spirit behind Mae West's sexy celluloid façade and examining why individuals like Jo are so mesmerized by the provocative sex goddess. Nominated for five Tony Awards® in 2000, Dirty Blonde will be directed by Signature Artistic Associate Jeremy Skidmore. Three-time Helen Hayes Award nominee Hugh Nees plays Jo's friend Charlie and characters ranging from W.C. Fields to West's trial judge. Three-time Helen Hayes winner J. Fred Shiffman takes on seven roles including Frank Wallace, Mae's abandoned husband and director Edward Elsner, and plays the piano as well. Set design is by Dan Conway, costume design by Helen Huang, lighting design by Dan Covey, and sound design by Matt Rowe.

Dirty Blonde runs in Signature's ARK Theatre now through October 4, 2009. The press performance is Sunday, August 16 at 7:00 pm. Show times are Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 pm, Thursday and Friday at 8:00 pm, Saturday at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sunday at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. There are no Dirty Blonde performances Saturday, August 15 at 2:00 pm and Tuesday, August 18 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets for Dirty Blonde, ranging in price from $47 - $71, are available by calling Ticketmaster at (703) 573-SEAT (7328) or visiting www.signature-theatre.org. Group discounts are available for parties of ten or more by contacting carlj@signature-theatre.org.

Signature's 20th anniversary season continues with Show Boat, I Am My Own Wife, Sweeney Todd, [title of show], the world premiere of Sycamore Trees, and the world premiere run of "First You Dream" The Kander & Ebb Concert.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

 

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
J. Fred Shiffman

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
J. Fred Shiffman

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
J. Fred Shiffman

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
J. Fred Shiffman

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Hugh Nees

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Hugh Nees

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Hugh Nees

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Hugh Nees

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Hugh Nees

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Emily Skinner

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Emily Skinner

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Emily Skinner

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Emily Skinner

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Emily Skinner

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Emily Skinner

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Emily Skinner

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Emily Skinner

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Hugh Nees, Emily Skinner and J. Fred Shiffman

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Hugh Nees, Emily Skinner and J. Fred Shiffman

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Hugh Nees, Emily Skinner and J. Fred Shiffman

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Hugh Nees, Emily Skinner and J. Fred Shiffman

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Hugh Nees, Emily Skinner and J. Fred Shiffman

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Hugh Nees, Emily Skinner and J. Fred Shiffman

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
Hugh Nees, Emily Skinner and J. Fred Shiffman

Photo Coverage: EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Signature Theatre's 'DIRTY BLONDE'
The Signature Theatre Production of DIRTY BLONDE at the ARK Theatre

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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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