Lisa Howard, Nick Adams, and More Will Lead MARY AND MAX Industry Concert
It Shoulda Been You star and Drama Desk Nominee Lisa Howard will play Vera Lorraine Dinkle, the complicated kleptomaniac alcoholic mother of the show's central character, Mary Daisy Dinkle played by Hair and SideShow's Lauren Elder, who reprises her role from the winter 2018 Calgary production. Also reprising their roles are Broadway's Anthony Galde (Wicked, Starlight Express) as Max Jerry Horowitz and Nick Adams (Priscilla, A Chorus Line, and currently starring in Falsettos) as Damian. Alessandra Baldacchino (Fun Home) plays Young Mary/Lily. Book of Mormon's Lee Slobotkin plays Sam/Young Damian/Young Max. Lynn Craig (David Bowie's Lazarus) plays Max's Mom/Ivy and others. Genesis Collado plays The Doctors and others. Barrington Lee plays Noel Norman Dinkle/Grandpoppy Ralph and others. And Wicked's Jerad Bortz makes his return to the stage playing Father who tells the story of "Mary and Max" to his depressed and bullied teen daughter who has locked herself in her room.
Hersh Ellis directs the presentation with musical direction by Joshua Zecher-Ross.
Bullied 13-year old Lily has locked herself in her room. Her newly single father doesn't know what to do. Always a storyteller, he chooses to finally tell Lily the story of "Mary and Max", a tale set in the 1970s about the seemingly random friendship between Mary Daisy Dinkle, a chubby and lonely eight-year-old with a birthmark on her forehead the color of poo who lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and Max Jerry Horowitz, a 44-year-old obese New Yorker who is soon diagnosed with a newly named disorder, Asperger's Syndrome. As penpals, they go through their highest and lowest times together, spanning twenty-plus years. But as time flies, will Mary and Max ever find a way to meet before it's too late? And, will Lily spiral into darkness before understanding the truth about her own history?
As previously announced, the multi-award winning musical theatre department of Landestheater Linz/Austria will present the European premiere of MARY AND MAX the Musical, which had its world premiere at Theatre Calgary winter 2018 developed by Broadway Dreams Foundation, and winner of Pace New Musicals 2018, MUT Award Critic's Prize 2018. Based on the cult-hit claymation film by Adam Elliot, the revised German-speaking version (translation by Jana Mischke) will open in the new opera house of Linz, directed by Andy Hallwaxx, stage design by Kaja Dymnicki.
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