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'Greater Tuna' Director Comes 'Full Circle' At Stage Door

By: Apr. 15, 2010
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"Greater Tuna" Director Comes "Full Circle" at Stage Door


Director Ed Howard, best known for his play "Greater Tuna" is at the Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs currently directing the world premiere of "Full Circle," a new musical about famed Broadway producer, Arthur Whitelaw.  Mr. Howard is not only directing, he also co-wrote the book for the musical, along with Whitelaw.

Mr. Howard is the co-author with Jaston Williams and Joe Sears of "Greater Tuna," "A Tuna Christmas," "Red, White and Tuna," and "Tuna Does Vegas."  He has written stage adaptations of Edward Swift's first novel SPLENDORA and Fannie Flagg's first novel DAISY FAY AND THE MIRACLE MAN, and he wrote the book and lyrics for "The Tempest Tossed," a musical comedy take-off of Shakespeare's "The Tempest".  Off Broadway, he directed "Greater Tuna,"  and "Laughing Stock" by Romulas Linney, with multiple Tony Award winner Frances Sternhagen in the lead.  "Laughing Stock" was well received and was selected as one of the ten best plays of 1984 by TIME magazine.  In 1994 Mr. Howard directed "A Tuna Christmas" on Broadway at the Booth, which also received a positive reception and for which Joe Sears was nominated for the Tony for best actor in a play.  He has directed the national tours of all the Tuna plays, and the national tour of "Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man" (under the title "All the Way from Magnolia Springs.)

Starring in "Full Circle" will be Arthur Whitelaw (as himself), famed piano player Ernie Scott, and a 3 piece string quartet.  Mr. Whitelaw has been nominated or won every industry award including the Tony, Emmy, Oscar, Drama Desk Award, Obie, and the Olivier.  Ernie Scott was hailed by the New York Times as "a cross between Ray Charles and Liberace," and performed on Broadway in August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson." 

Previews begin April 23.  The show opens April 30 and runs through May 30 in Theatre 2 in Coral Springs.  For tickets and information, call the box office at 954-344-7765.  The Stage Door is located at 8036 W. Sample Rd, Coral Springs, Fl. 33065.

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