Photo Flash: First Look at Michael McGrath and Noah Racey in Geva Theatre's THE ODD COUPLE
Geva Theatre Center' 41st Mainstage Season concludes with Neil Simon's The Odd Couple. Directed by John Miller-Stephany, and with a cast led by Tony Award- winner Michael McGrath and Broadway veteran Noah Racey, this classic comedy begins performances tonight, April 22 and runs in the Elaine P. Wilson Mainstage through May 18. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
One of Neil Simon's most recognizable and timeless comedies. Fastidious Felix Unger is thrown out by his wife. His only refuge is with his best friend, Oscar Madison, a recently divorced sportswriter whose apartment is a study in slovenly chaos. Friends, yes, but will they drive each other crazy?! This peculiar pair, with decidedly different approaches to life, to love - and yes, to housework, has been entertaining audiences with side-splitting laughter and classic comedy for nearly 50 years.
Geva's production of The Odd Couple stars Broadway veterans Michael McGrath as Oscar Madison and Noah Raceyas Felix Ungar. Mr. McGrath was last seen on Broadway where he created the role of Cookie McGee in Nice Work if You Can Get It, for which he received the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Other Broadway credits include Born Yesterday, Memphis, Spamalot (for which he received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations), Wonderful Town, The Goodbye Girl and My Favorite Year. Mr. Racey's Broadway credits include the world premiere and original Broadway cast of Kander and Ebb's Curtains, Never Gonna Dance, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Follies. His staging will be seen on Broadway next season in It Shoulda Been You, starring Tyne Daly and directed by David Hyde Pierce.
Jennifer Cody and Erin Lindsey Krom appear as Gwendolyn and Cecily Pigeon. Ms Cody is thrilled to return home to Rochester for this production and Broadway credits include A Christmas Story, Shrek, The Pajama Game, Taboo, Urinetown the Musical, Beauty and the Beast and Cats. Ms. Cody created the voice of Charlotte La Boeuff in Disney's The Princess and the Frog and is the voice of Darcy in Nickelodeon's "Winx Club" and Lucy in "Robot and Monster." Ms. Krom makes her Geva Theatre Center debut. Originally from Pittsburgh, but now residing in New York, Ms. Krom has appeared in theatres around the country and in feature films including M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, HBO's Mildred Pierce (with Kate Winslet) and Columbia Pictures' Men in Black 3.
Brian D. Coats (Geva productions of Fences and A Raisin in the Sun), Drew Hirshfield (TV's "Blue Bloods" and "Lucy Knows Love"), Patrick Noonan (Geva productions of Almost, Maine and On Golden Pond), and Robert Rutland (Geva productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, You Can't Take It With You, Amadeus, Pride and Prejudice, and more) play Oscar Madison's poker playing buddies Speed, Vinnie, Murray and Roy.
The Odd Couple is directed by John Miller-Stephany, Associate Artistic Director of the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis (and a Rochester native). The design team includes John Coyne (scenic design), Pamela Scofield (costume design), Matthew Reinert (lighting design), and Dan Roach (sound design).
Photo Credit: Ken Huth