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Photo Flash: Fresh Look at SHEAR MADNESS, Opening This Week Off-Broadway

The open-ended Off-Broadway engagement of SHEAR MADNESS is now playing at New World Stages/Stage 4 (340 West 50th Street). Opening Night is set for November 11th. Bruce Jordan directs a cast that features Adam Gerber, Jeremy Kushnier, Kate Middleton, Patrick Noonan, Jordan Ahnquist and Lynne Wintersteller. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

SHEAR MADNESS is America's hilarious whodunit where the audience gets to solve the crime. Set in a local hair salon that turns into a wacky murder scene, the play is filled with up-to-the-minute humor and is different every time you see it!

It all began in the summer of 1976 while Bruce Jordan was working at a theatre in upstate New York. He came across a play entitled Scherenschnitt, which was written in 1963 by German writer and psychologist Paul Pörtner. The playwright had written the script to use as a study of how people perceive or misperceive reality. The brief play was set in a unisex hair salon and revolved around an off-stage murder of a concert pianist. Subjects were asked to solve the murder based on their individual perceptions of the events and the six stereotypical characters surrounding the murder. Bruce was intrigued by the concept and suggested that he and Marilyn Abrams stage the play in Lake George. Marilyn read Portner's original script, which she described as 'primitive' and says that if she hadn't known and trusted Bruce, she 'would have run for the hills'! She did trust him and they opened the newly titled SHEAR MADNESS in 1978 with nothing more than a basic outline of a script. Bruce and Marilyn performed the lead roles as well as helmed the production. Being on stage each night, Marilyn experienced the "magical" chemistry between the actors and the audience and was acutely aware of the audience's response to SHEAR MADNESS. Bruce and Marilyn immediately purchased the world stage, screen and television rights to the play.

Marilyn and Bruce always had New York City in mind: "Our initial plan was to open SHEAR MADNESS in New York after a Boston tryout, but the tryout was so successful that it didn't make any sense to close. We had received several New York offers but they just didn't seem right to us. With Boston and then Philadelphia running, we set our sights on Chicago, Washington, DC and San Francisco, and licensed successful productions across the United States and around the world. New York has always remained on our radar, and when the Shubert Organization bought New World Stages, we thought 'Let's go!' Now, after many offers, we've found the perfect team to bring SHEAR MADNESS to NYC. So, after 36 years of 'trying out' in Boston, 28 years of 'previews' at the Kennedy Center, 5 years in Philadelphia, 18 years in Chicago, and 5 years in San Francisco, we are prepared for the big time. New York has always been our destination, we just took a short detour."

SHEAR MADNESS will have scenic and lighting design by Will Cotton, costume design by Rodney Harper, and sound designer by Bruce Yauger.

Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

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Photo Flash: Fresh Look at SHEAR MADNESS, Opening This Week Off-Broadway
The cast of Shear Madness

Photo Flash: Fresh Look at SHEAR MADNESS, Opening This Week Off-Broadway
The cast of Shear Madness

Photo Flash: Fresh Look at SHEAR MADNESS, Opening This Week Off-Broadway
The cast of Shear Madness

Photo Flash: Fresh Look at SHEAR MADNESS, Opening This Week Off-Broadway
The cast of Shear Madness

Photo Flash: Fresh Look at SHEAR MADNESS, Opening This Week Off-Broadway
The cast of Shear Madness

Photo Flash: Fresh Look at SHEAR MADNESS, Opening This Week Off-Broadway
The cast of Shear Madness

Photo Flash: Fresh Look at SHEAR MADNESS, Opening This Week Off-Broadway
The cast of Shear Madness

Photo Flash: Fresh Look at SHEAR MADNESS, Opening This Week Off-Broadway
The cast of Shear Madness

Photo Flash: Fresh Look at SHEAR MADNESS, Opening This Week Off-Broadway
The cast of Shear Madness



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