Cast Announced for ROMANCE/ROMANCE at Don't Tell Mama
Bob Bayne, Anna Lively and Lively Entertainment will present a concert version of the 1987 musical Romance/Romance.
Featuring music by Keith Herrmann and book and lyrics Barry Harman, this musical shares two stories linked only by the common theme of love. The first, The Little Comedy, is based on a short story by Arthur Schnitzler and explores the budding relationship between two people who have adopted personas other than their own.
Summer Share, the second act, based on Jules Renard's 1898 play Le pain de ménage, is updated to the 1980s and set in The Hamptons, where two married couples are spending the season in a rented cottage and find themselves gradually progressing from harmless flirtation to the serious possibility of an illicit affair.
Romance/Romance opened Off-Broadway in 1987. Following positive reviews and audience response, it transferred to the Helen Hayes Theatre in 1988 where it ran for 297 performances and was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Score and Best Musical.
Performances begin October 7th at 5pm at Don't Tell Mama (343 W. 46th St.) with performances continuing on October 8th at 2pm, 12th at 7pm and 14th at 8pm. For tickets and information: 212.757.0788.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Anna Lively is thrilled to be performing in one of her favorite shows of all time, and working with some of her favorite people! And thrilled to be at Mama's, where she started her Cabaret career. Anna is a Dallas-born graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of The Theater. She has done Cabaret across the country to critical acclaim. She has appeared in All My Children and The Bold and the Beautiful, as well as many regional theaters, in the roles of Eliza (My Fair Lady), Philia (...Forum) and Adelaide (Guys and Dolls). You can hear Anna's three albums on iTunes or on www.annalively.com.
Tim Quartier - Favorite credits: Fabrizio in The Light in the Piazza (Theatrical Outfit), Tony in West Side Story (Actors' Playhouse, Atlanta Lyric Theatre), Francis in Forever Plaid (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Marius in Les Miserables (Orlando Shakespeare Theater & Little Theatre on the Square), Link in Hairspray (New Theatre Restaurant & Merry-Go-Round Playhouse) and George in I Love a Piano (Mac-Haydn Theatre). Ithaca College BFA in Musical Theatre. www.TimQuartier.com
Mark Bradley Miller (Alfred/Sam) recently completed the national tour of The Sound of Music. Also this past year, he had the honor of playing Henry Higgins in three productions of My Fair Lady as well as Duke in Nice Work If You Can Get It at Sacramento Music Circus. Tours: South Pacific, Beauty and the Beast, The Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber. New York: Into the Woods (Prince/Wolf), West Side Story (Tony), Pippin, The Secret Garden, Warsaw. Regional: Carousel (Billy), Kiss Me Kate (Fred/Petruchio), Fantasticks (El Gallo), Funny Girl (Nick), 9 to 5 (Hart), Phantom (Phantom), Closer Than Ever. Stock: Sacramento Music Circus, Weathervane Theatre and Pittsburgh CLO. Mark is also a professional photographer and interior designer. www.markbradleymiller.com
Onyie Nwachukwu - This is Onyie's debut on the Don't Tell Mama mainstage and she looks forward to this exciting and fun opportunity! Her previous work includes the national tour of Cirque Dreams "Illumination" as well as playing Joanne in the national tour of "Rent". Most recently she was Diva 1 in the Boston premiere of "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert". Other credits include regional productions such as "All Shook Up" at Ivoryton Playhouse and workshops/cabarets/concerts in and around New York City, including her own cabaret titled "One Night Onyie"! Onyie would love to thank Lively Entertainment for this great opportunity and her family and friends for all their support. Thank you God for this blessing.
Christopher Denny has served as musical director, arranger and pianist for such theater, cabaret and opera luminaries as Karen Mason, Julie Wilson, Brent Barrett, Gregg Edelman, David Campbell, Tammy Grimes, Rod Gilfry, David Burnham, Ron Raines, Andrea Marcovicci, Lauren Bacall, Dorothy Loudon, Kaye Ballard, Jeff Harnar and Steven Brinberg, earning, in the process, two Back Stage Bistro Awards and four Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs Awards for Outstanding Musical Direction. His thirty-year career has taken him to virtually all of the major venues in New York and throughout the U.S., notably including Carnegie Hall, where he performed his own arrangements with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, as well as to Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, Paris and London's West End. Film work includes having produced Placido Domingo's recording sessions for Baz Luhrmann's Oscar-winning musical film, Moulin Rouge. He has recorded about thirty CD's.
Ethan Paulini - Favorite Director/Choreographer credits include The Little Mermaid, The Music Man, Little Women, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Speech and Debate, Passing Strange, "Master Harold"...and the Boys, The Full Monty, Beauty and the Beast and Working. Ethan created the musical Mama and Her Boys that has played over 500 performances all over there East Coast including a 14 month Off-Broadway run. In addition to directing, Ethan also founded YOU Inc - #ethancoaches - A Private Acting and Career Coaching Studio boasting over 200 clients represented on Broadway, Network Television and Feature Films. As an actor, Ethan's credits include New York, National Tours, Regional Theatre, National Commercials, Television, Film and Industrials. He has also taught at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, HJT, ACT, Ouchita Baptist University and directed professional training programs for Arkansas Repertory Theatre and Weathervane Rep. He is a proud member of SDC (Society of Directors and Choreographers), AEA (Actors Equity Association) and SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Radio and Television Actors. Training: Emerson College. More info: www.ethanpaulini.com. Dedicated to the memory of his mother, Deirdre "You Walk With Me".