Photo Flash: BELLS ARE RINGING Promo Shots!
Bells Are Ringing, the opening Encores! production of the 2010-11 season, with music by Jule Styne and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, will run November 18-21 at New York City Center. Bells Are Ringing is directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall with music direction by Rob Berman and stars Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase.
The complete cast of Bells Are Ringing is: Dylan Baker, Bobby Cannavale, Will Chase, Judy Kaye, Kelli O'Hara, Brad Oscar, David Pittu, Danny Rutigliano, Jeffrey Schecter and John C. Vennema, with Clyde Alves, Meggie Cansler, Andrew Cao, Niffer Clarke, Rachel Coloff, Jack Doyle, Leah Edwards, Kimberly Fauré, Marya Grandy, Michael Halling, Max Kumangai, Alyse Alan Louis, Michael Marcotte, Shina Ann Morris, Kevin Munhall, William Ryall, Jennifer Savelli, Anthony Wayne, J.D. Webster and Anna Aimee White.
In Bells Are Ringing, a lonely young woman can't help getting involved in the lives of her answering service clients. When she falls for a man she has met only by voice, classic 1950s mayhem ensues. The score, by turns brassy, sweet and romantic, includes "Just in Time," "The Party's Over," "I Met a Girl," "Long Before I Knew You" and a fistful of other great tunes from one of Broadway's greatest tunesmiths. The original production opened at the Shubert Theater on November 29, 1956, and played a total of 924 performances. The entire original production was directed by Jerome Robbins; dance and musical numbers of the original production were staged by Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse. The show won Tony awards for its stars Judy Holliday and Sydney Chaplin.
Kelli O'Hara (Ella Peterson) received her third Tony nomination for her portrayal of Nellie Forbush in South Pacific at Lincoln Center Theater. Ms. O'Hara's previous Broadway credits include The Pajama Game (Tony nomination) with Harry Connick, Jr., The Light in the Piazza (Tony nomination), Follies, Sweet Smell of Success, Jekyll & Hyde and Dracula. She has appeared as Eliza Doolittle in the New York Philharmonic production of My Fair Lady, with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, and at a sold-out run at Café Carlyle.
Will Chase (Jeffrey Moss) can currently be seen on Broadway in Billy Elliot. His previous Broadway credits include The Story of My Life, High Fidelity, Lennon, The Full Monty, Aida, Miss Saigon, and as Roger in the final cast and filmed stage version of Rent. He was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for his performance in the Signature Theatre's Kiss of the Spider Woman and has been nominated three times for Chicago's Jeff Award.
Dylan Baker (Inspector Barnes) has appeared on Broadway in God of Carnage, the original production of La Bête (Tony nomination), November, Mauritius and Eastern Standard. His many Off-Broadway credits include Not About Heroes (Obie Award), Sea of Tranquility, Homebody/Kabul, The Common Pursuit and Tartuffe. His film credits include Secretariat, Road to Perdition, Happiness, Revolutionary Road, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
Bobby Cannavale (Blake Barton) was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in Mauritius and has been seen in New York in Trust, Hurly Burly, The Gingerbread House and others. He has appeared in the films Night Falls on Manhattan, Snakes on a Plane, The Bone Collector, The Guru,, Shall We Dance? and Romance & Cigarettes. He has had recurring television roles on "Will & Grace" (Emmy Award), "Third Watch," "100 Centre Street" and "Ally McBeal."
Judy Kaye (Sue Summers) won the Tony Award for her performance as Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera and was nominated for her roles in Mamma Mia! and Souvenir. She also appeared on Broadway in Ragtime, On the Twentieth Century, Sweeney Todd and Grease! Ms. Kaye has appeared in theaters and opera houses across the country as Mama Rose in Gypsy, Pistache in Can-Can, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Annie in Annie Get Your Gun, Lucy Lockit in The Beggar's Opera and Sally in Follies. She last appeared at City Center in the Encores! production of Face the Music.
Brad Oscar (Dr. Kitchell) was nominated for the Tony Award for his role as Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind in The Producers and subsequently took over the lead role of Max Bialystock on Broadway and in Los Angeles. His other Broadway credits include Spamalot, Jekyll & Hyde and Aspects of Love. He has appeared at the Arena Stage as the Devil in Damn Yankees and as the M.C. in Cabaret, and at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in the title role of Barnum. Mr. Oscar was last seen at City Center in the Encores! production of Do Re Mi.
Davie Pittu (Sandor Prantz) has been nominated for Tony awards for his performances in LoveMusik and Is He Dead?. In 2008, he wrote, co-directed, and starred in What's That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling, which received an Outer Critics Circle nomination for Best Off-Broadway Musical. He has also been seen in The Coast of Utopia, TheTenth Man, Twelfth Night and Equivocation. David was last seen at City Center in the Encores! production of Of Thee I Sing.
Danny Rutigliano (Francis) was recently seen in New York in Cirque du Soleil's Banana Shpeel. He originated the role of Timon in the L.A. production of The Lion King, for which he received the Ovation Award, and performed the role in the Broadway production. His television credits include "Without a Trace," "Law & Order" and "The Brothers Garcia." His film credits include Goodfellas, The Producers and the voice of Timothy Mouse in Dumbo 2.
Jeffrey Schecter (Carl) appeared on Broadway in A Chorus Line¸ The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, Guys and Dolls and Beauty and the Beast, and at The Old Globe in San Diego in the world premiere of Robin and the Seven Hoods. He was seen as Ozzie in On the Town at the Paper Mill Playhouse.
John C. Vennema (Larry Hastings) appeared on Broadway in The Cripple Of Inishman, Arthur Miller's The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The Elephant Man, The Royal Family, Otherwise Engaged and Racing Demon. His many Off-Broadway credits include Prisoner of the Crown, The Skin Game, Right Kind Of People and House and Garden.
Kathleen Marshall (Director and Choreographer) returns to Encores!, where she has directed and choreographed Applause, Carnival, Hair and Babes In Arms, among others, and served as artistic director for four seasons. Her Broadway credits include The Pajama Game; Wonderful Town; Grease; Boeing, Boeing; Little Shop of Horrors; Follies; Seussical; Kiss Me, Kate; Ring Round the Moon; 1776 and Swinging on a Star. For ABC/Disney, she directed and choreographed "Once Upon a Mattress" and choreographed "The Music Man" (Emmy nomination). She has received two Tony awards, two Drama Desk awards and two Outer Critics Circle awards.
Rob Berman (Music Director) is in his fourth season as music director of Encores!, where he has conducted Anyone Can Whistle, Fanny, Finian's Rainbow, Music in the Air, Damn Yankees, Applause and Stairway to Paradise, as well as last season's gala concert celebrating Stephen Sondheim. Broadway conducting credits include Finian's Rainbow, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, The Pajama Game, The Apple Tree and Wonderful Town, among others. Mr. Berman is a two-time Emmy nominee for his work as music director of the Kennedy Center Honors, and he won a Helen Hayes Award for Best Musical Direction for his work on The Kennedy Center's production of Sunday in the Park With George. Recently, he was music director for A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House.
Bells Are Ringing plays Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19 at 8 p.m., Saturday, November 20 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for Encores! 2010-11 are available at the New York City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th avenues), through CityTix® at 212-581-1212, or online at www.NYCityCenter.org. Tickets for the Orchestra, Grand Tier and Mid-Mezzanine are $100; tickets for the Rear Mezzanine and Front Gallery are $50; tickets for the Rear Gallery are $25.
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Judy Kaye and David Pittu
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