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Tyne Daly Led MASTER CLASS Headed to West End?

Baz Bamingoye reports in today's UK Daily Mail that Tyne Daly, who led the Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning MASTER CLASS, directed by Stephen Wadsworth which closed on September 4 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre will bring her portrayal to London's West End early in 2012.

No specific theatre, casting or dates have been announced at this time. 

The production opened on Thursday, July 7 to acclaim from critics for Tyne Daly's performance as Maria Callas. Ben Brantley of The New York Times said, "She's remarkable. You can't take your eyes off of her," Mark Kennedy of the Associated Press called her performance "rip-roaringly funny," and WOR's Joan Hamburg said "Tyne Daly is magnificent! She took my breath away. I promise you are going to thank me when you get tickets." The play was hailed by Bloomberg News' Jeremy Gerard as "funny, reverential, and wholly engrossing," while calling Stephen Wadsworth's work "exquisite." Matt Windman of amNY said the cast is "charismatic" and The Daily News' Joe Dziemianowicz gave the production four stars and said the production features, "beautiful singing."

MASTER CLASS starred Olivier Award nominee Sierra Boggess (Sharon Graham), Clinton Brandhagen (Stagehand), Jeremy Cohen (Emmanuel Weinstock), Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly (Maria Callas), Drama Desk Award winner Alexandra Silber (Sophie De Palma), and Garrett Sorenson (Anthony Candolino).

Terrence McNally's play about Maria Callas (Tyne Daly) takes us to one of her famous master classes, where, late in her own career, she dares the next generation to make the same sacrifices and rise to the same heights that made her the most celebrated, the most reviled and the most controversial singer of her time.

The creative team for MASTER CLASS included Thomas Lynch (scenic design), Martin Pakledinaz (costume design), David Lander (lighting design), Jon Gottlieb (sound design), and Paul Huntley (wig design).

MASTER CLASS was produced by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) by special arrangement with Max Cooper, Maberry Theatricals, Marks-Moore-Turnbull Group and Ted Snowdon.

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