Tovah Feldshuh Will Bring Her Award-Winning Performance As Golda Meir In GOLDA'S BALCONY To Montreal
Four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh will recreate her award-winning performance as Golda Meir in Golda's Balcony, when the acclaimed William Gibson play comes to the Segal Centre for Performing Arts from May 22 to June 10, 2018. There will be an ASL-interpreted performance on June 9.
Directed by Scott Schwartz, Golda's Balcony earned Ms. Feldshuh a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress, and from 2003-2005 became the longest-running one-woman show in Broadway history. The play is a portrait of the indomitable Meir, the Milwaukee schoolteacher who became the first female Prime Minister of Israel in 1969. From the pogroms of Russia to the halls of the Knesset, Meir's life - and the play - encapsulates the dramatic story of Israel in the 20th Century.
For her work on the New York stage, from Yentl to Saravà! to Lend Me A Tenor to Golda's Balcony, Tovah Feldshuh has earned four Tony nominations for Best Actress and won four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Obie, the Theatre World Award, and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress (for Golda's Balcony). Soon after the Broadway run, Ms. Feldshuh brought Golda's Balcony to Los Angeles' Wadsworth Theatre and San Francisco's Geary Theater in collaboration with Richard Willis and Marty Markinson for eight sold-out weeks. On June 7th, 2008, Ms. Feldshuh debuted Golda's Balcony in London at the Shaw Theatre for a limited run.
Recently on Broadway, Ms. Feldshuh stopped the show as the trapeze-swinging Berthe in the Tony Award-winning musical revival of Pippin. Other shows on Broadway include Cyrano (with Christopher Plummer), Rodgers and Hart and Dreyfus in Rehearsal. Feldshuh portrayed the title roles in the Roundabout Theatre's She Stoops to Conquer and Mistress of the Inn, BAM's Three Sisters with Rosemary Harris and Ellen Burstyn, and played in the long-running hit The Vagina Monologues. Off-Broadway, she starred as the legendary Tallulah Bankhead in her own Tallulah Hallelujah!, which was chosen as one of the Ten Best Plays of the Year by USA Today. Among other roles, Ms. Feldshuh has portrayed Diana Vreeland in Full Gallop, Jean Brodie in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Sarah Bernhardt, Stella Adler, Sophie Tucker, Katharine Hepburn, three queens of Henry VIII, and nine Jews from birth to death in Off-Broadway's Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh. She was most recently seen in theatres in Chicago and Ft. Lauderdale as movie icon Katharine Hepburn in Matthew Lombardo's play Tea at Five.
Film audiences recognize Ms. Feldshuh from Fox Searchlight's Kissing Jessica Stein, for which she won the Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress; A Walk On The Moon with Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen; Happy Accidents with Marisa Tomei, The Corruptor with Mark Wahlberg, Daniel, The Idolmaker (Dir. Taylor Hackford), Brewster's Millions, Cheaper to Keep Her, Three Little Wolfs, Friends and Family, Old Love, Nunzio, The Believer, Life on the Ledge, The Alchemist, Toll Booth (winner - Best Supporting Actress - Method Fest 2005), among others. She appeared onscreen in O Jerusalem in which she plays Golda Meir opposite Ian Holm and Tom Conti, Lady in the Water for M. Night Shyamalan opposite Paul Giamatti, and Just My Luck with Lindsay Lohan. Further film work includes Mount of Olives with F. Murray Abraham, Eavesdrop (written and directed by Matthew Miele), and Love Life for German actress and director Maria Schrader, as well as Buddy Gilbert Comes Alive for Mark Erlbaum and Laura Lopez's Baker in which she plays the title role of ex-Vietnam and Korean War nurse Ruth Baker.
On television, she received her first Emmy nomination for her portrayal of the Czech freedom fighter Helena in Holocaust. She starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in The Amazing Howard Hughes, James Woods in Citizen Cohn, and Richard Dreyfuss in The Education of Max Bickford. In 2004 she was nominated for her second Emmy for her work on Law & Order as defense attorney Danielle Melnick. Recently, she appeared as the President of the United States on the CBS series Salvation. Before that, she was Deanna Monroe, head of Alexandria, in the runaway hit The Walking Dead for AMC. She can also be seen on Starz as Russian Ballet Mistress, Ivana, in the miniseries Flesh & Bone, and as Naomi Bunch, mother of Rebecca in the Golden Globe-winning hit, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on the CW.
Two seasons ago her one-woman show, Tovah: Out of Her Mind!, sold out in London's West End at the Duke Of York's and culminated in a symphonic concert with Billy Crystal at Los Angeles' Royce Hall. The Boston Globe selected Tovah: Out of Her Mind! as the best one-person show of 2000. Ms. Feldshuh created a new concert entitled Mining Golda: My Journey to Golda Meir which played the West End at the Savoy Theatre, the Sheridan Suites in Manchester, and the Royal Armouries in Leeds, Vodaworld in Johannesburg, and the Entertainment Centre of Sydney, Australia. Most recently she was the first artist ever to be asked to extend at the renowned Feinstein's nightclub at the Loew's Regency in her smash cabaret show Tovah in a Nutshell!
On the US West Coast, she starred at the Ahmanson as Regina in Lillian Hellman's Another Part of the Forest and served as a leading lady for Jack O'Brien and Craig Noel at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in such shows as Romeo and Juliet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Measure for Measure, The Country Wife, and Tovah: A Rush Hour Revue, where she was named an Associate Artist and won two Drama Logue Awards for her Juliet and for her first one-woman show.
Ms. Feldshuh, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and a winner of the McKnight Fellowship to the Guthrie Theatre and the University of Minnesota, has taught at Yale, Cornell, and New York Universities and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in June, 2005. She is a supporter of Seeds of Peace, a non-profit, non-political organization that helps teenagers from regions of conflict and is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitas Award and the Israel Peace Medal. Ms. Feldshuh is married to New York attorney, Andrew Harris Levy. They have two children, Garson Brandon and Amanda Claire.
GOLDA'S BALCONY is performed without intermission.
Tickets are on sale now at 514.739.7944 or at www.segalcentre.org.
5170 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, H3W 1M7
- A PLAY BY William Gibson
- ORIGINAL BROADWAY DIRECTOR/PRODUCTION CONSULTANT Scott Schwartz
- SCENIC CONSULTANT Anna Louizos
- COSTUME CONSULTANT Jess Goldstein
- LIGHTING DESIGNER Jeff Croiter
- SOUND DESIGNER Alex Hawthorn
- ORIGINAL BROADWAY SOUND DESIGNER/COMPOSER Mark Bennett
- PROP SUPERVISOR Kathy Fabian
- PROJECTIONS Batwin + Robin Productions, Inc.
- WIG DESIGN Paul Huntley
- ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Nell Balaban
- PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER Zoya Kachadurian
- GENERAL MANAGEMENT Richard Martini/KL Management
TICKETS: All tickets are $66
Discounts available for groups over 20 people, as well as students.
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to creating, producing and presenting world-class English-language theatre and to showcasing the best professional artists from Montréal and beyond. A part of the community since 1967, the organization was reborn in 2007 as the Segal Centre and has expanded to become a nationally recognized venue for the performing arts with a focus on creation, innovation, diversity and cross-cultural collaborations. Driven by a belief in the power of the arts to strengthen and connect communities, the Segal's programming emphasizes original interpretations of popular classic and contemporary works, new Canadian musicals and engaging productions with universal appeal. www.segalcentre.org
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