Ana Gasteyer Joins The Cast Of MTC's THE ROYAL FAMILY On Broadway, Previews Begin 9/15

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) have announced that noted stage and television actress Ana Gasteyer will return to Manahattan Theatre Club to appear as ‘Kitty Dean' in the upcoming Broadway production of THE ROYAL FAMILY by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber featuring direction by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Maritius, Doubt).

Gasteyer previously appeared in MTC's acclaimed 2003 production of David Lindsay-Abaire's Kimberly Akimbo. Her Broadway theatre credits include The Threepenny Opera and Wicked. She recently received a Jefferson Award nomination for her portrayal of ‘Fosca' in Passion at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. She is most recognizable to television audiences for her six seasons on "Saturday Night Live."

Gasteyer joins the previously announced cast which includes: Emmy Award nominee Stephen Collins as ‘Gilbert Marshall,' Tony winner John Glover as ‘Herbert Dean,' Tony Award winner and Oscar nominee RoseMary Harris as ‘Fanny Cavendish,' Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Jan Maxwell as ‘Julie Cavendish, Tony Award nominee Tony Roberts as ‘Oscar Wolfe,' and Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award nominee Reg Rogers as ‘Tony Cavendish.'

The new Broadway production of THE ROYAL FAMILY will begin previews Tuesday, September 15 and open Thursday, October 8 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Press notes state that, "It's half past one in the fabulously cluttered Cavendish duplex in the East Fifties, and anyone who's anyone is still asleep. So begins THE ROYAL FAMILY, the classic comedy of theatrical manners, written by two of the theatre's greatest writers, George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, whose other storied collaborations include Dinner at Eight and Stage Door."

This devilishly funny play follows the Cavendishes, the famous family of stage stars, as they go about the drama of the day: choosing scripts, dashing off to a performance, and stealing kisses with handsome beaus. But what's this business about the younger Miss Cavendish wanting to quit the stage for domestic bliss? Never, darling!

The creative team for THE ROYAL FAMILY will include John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design), Catherine Zuber (Costume Design), Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design), Darron L West (Sound Design), Maury Yeston (Original Music), Tom Watson (Hair & Wig Design), and Rick Sordelet (Fight Director).

Additional casting, single ticket information, and other listings information for THE ROYAL FAMILY will be announced in the coming weeks.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country's most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. MTC productions have earned a total of 16 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. Renowned MTC productions include Ruined; The American Plan; Top Girls; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion! ; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain't Misbehavin'.

Last season, MTC's Broadway stage was renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The landmarked theatre has been the institution's home on Broadway since 2003 and was rehabilitated by MTC following a two-year, $35 million capital campaign. In addition, MTC operates an Off-Broadway home at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street), where it has been in residence since 1984.

Subscriptions to MTC's 2009-2010 season are currently available by calling (212) 399-3050, Monday - Friday, noon - 10 PM, Saturday 2 PM - 6 PM with a major credit card. Subscriptions are also available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

Subscriptions to MTC's 2009-2010 season are currently available by calling (212) 399-3050, Monday - Friday, noon - 10 PM, Saturday 2 PM - 6 PM with a major credit card. Subscriptions are also available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

Single tickets for THE ROYAL FAMILY will go on sale Friday, August 14 via www.Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

Tickets will be available at the Samuel J. Friedman Box Office (261 West 47th Street) starting Monday, August 31.

Other listings information will be announced in the coming weeks.

Ana Gasteyer recently starred to rave reviews as Fosca in Gary Griffin's production of Sondheim's Passion (Jefferson Award nomination) at The Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Prior to that she earned raves as Elphaba in Wicked (Broadway & Chicago, Jefferson Award nomination). Broadway: The Threepenny Opera (with Alan Cumming and Jim Dale), The Rocky Horror Show. Off-Broadway/Regional: Kimberly Akimbo (MTC), Roulette, The Vagina Monologues, Cinderella (NYC Opera), Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (Pittsburgh CLO), and Mary Zimmerman's The Notebooks of Leonardo DaVinci. Film: Reefer Madness, Mean Girls, What Women Want, Dick, What's the Worst That Could Happen, The Women and the upcoming feature Dare. Former member of LA's comedy troupe The Groundlings. Spent six seasons on Saturday Night Live: popular characters included music teacher Bobbi Moughan-Culp, NPR's Margaret Jo, and impressions of Martha Stewart and Celine Dion. Other TV includes: "Frasier," "Just Shoot Me," "3rd Rock From The Sun," "Seinfeld," and "Law & Order. Guest hosted "The Late Late Show," and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," and others. Recordings: the Grammy-nominated Hair (Actor's Fund), Reefer Madness. Ana continues to perform her musical evening Let It Rip! around the country.



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