First Prelude to a Kiss Preview Moved Back a Day to 2/17

Roundabout Theatre Company has moved the first preview of its revival of Prelude to a Kiss back a day.  While opening night is still slated for March 8th, the show will now begin previews at the American Airlines Theatre (227 W. 42nd St.) on February 17th.

"The cause for the delay is due to the need for one more night of technical rehearsals," state press notes.  Audience members who have tickets for February 16th will be contacted to exchange their tickets.

John Mahoney (Old Man), Annie Parisse (Rita) and Alan Tudyk (Peter), Robin Bartlett (Mrs. Boyle) and James Rebhorn (Dr. Boyle) will star in Craig Lucas' romantic drama, directed by Daniel Sullivan.

The cast will also include Francois Battiste (Tom), Brandon Dirden (Ensemble), MacIntyre Dixon (Minister), Marceline Hugot (Aunt Dorothy, Leah), Matthew Rauch (Taylor), John Rothman (Uncle Fred), Karen Walsh (Ensemble).

In Prelude to a Kiss, "Peter and Rita follow their whirlwind courtship with a storybook wedding. After a mysterious elderly man appears and kisses the bride at the wedding, the two lovers are sent on a magical journey that they will never forget. As they struggle to come to terms with their relationship and Rita's nagging doubts, their love is put to the test by unknown forces."

The design team for Prelude to a Kiss includes Santo Loquasto (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Donald Holder (lights) and John Gromada (sound and original compositions).

Prelude to a Kiss received its world premiere Off-Broadway at The Circle Repertory Theatre in February, 1990 starring Mary-Louise Parker and Alec Baldwin. The production transferred to Broadway on May 1, 1990 starring Mary-Louise Parker and Timothy Hutton receiving a Tony nomination for Best Play and becoming a Pulitzer Prize finalist. In 1992, Lucas adapted his play for the feature film starring Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin.

Visit www.roundabouttheatre.org for tickets and more information.

Photo of Annie Parisse by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

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