Irish Rep Closes EARNEST IN LOVE 1/31

Irish Rep Closes EARNEST IN LOVE 1/31

The Irish Repertory Theatre's revival of "Ernest in Love," a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Ernest" will close on January 31, 2010.

Broadway's Beth Fowler (THE BOY FROM OZ, SWEENEY TODD, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) and Noah Racey (CURTAINS, NEVER GONNA DANCE) set for The Irish Repertory Theatre's upcoming revival of "Ernest in Love," a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Ernest"

Book and Lyrics by Anne Croswell, Music by Lee Pockriss
Directed by Charlotte Moore
Choreography by Barry McNabb

Off-Broadway's acclaimed Irish Repertory Theatre continues its 22nd Season with ERNEST IN LOVE - a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST -- with previews to begin December 12, prior to its official press opening December 20 at the Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street) in Manhattan. Charlotte Moore, whose 2008 production of TAKE ME ALONG (a musical adaptation of O'Neill's AH, WILDERNESS!) won an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival, is set to direct.

Two-time Tony nominee Beth Fowler, best known for her performances in THE BOY FROM OZ, SWEENEY TODD and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, is set to play Lady Augusta Bracknell. Joining Ms. Fowler in the cast are Annika Boras, Brad Bradley (SPAMALOT), Kerry Conte, Katie Fabel, Kristin Griffith, Ian Holcomb, Peter Maloney, and Noah Racey (CURTAINS).

ERNEST IN LOVE, a sparkling and witty musical about social hypocrisy among the crème de la crème of Victorian England, is a faithful adaptation of Wilde's superb comic masterpiece, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST -- featuring all of its much-beloved characters. With music by Lee Pockriss and book and lyrics by Anne Croswell, the clever, tuneful score is the perfect complement to Wilde's incomparable wordplay and sharp witticisms.

The production features choreography by Barry McNabb, whose work can be seen THE EMPEROR JONES; set design by James Morgan; costume design by Linda Fisher; wig and hair design by Robert-Charles Vallance; lighting design by Brian Nason; and musical direction by Mark Hartman.

In addition to ERNEST IN LOVE, which premiered Off-Broadway in 1960, Lee Pockriss collaborated with librettist Anne Croswell on the Broadway musical TOVARICH, starring Vivien Leigh and earning a Grammy nomination for its original cast recording.

Mr. Pockriss' notable songs include: the Grammy-nominated "Catch a Falling Star," "My Little Corner of the World," and "Johnny Angel." Ms. Croswell's Broadway credits include I'M SOLOMON.

Director Charlotte Moore helmed Irish Repertory's acclaimed revival of FINIAN'S RAINBOW during the company's 2004-05 Season, most recently directed TAKE ME ALONG, a musical adaptation of O'Neill's AH, WILDERNESS, winning a 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical.

Ms. Moore's recent directing credits also include THE YEATS PROJECT, ARISTOCRATS, GASLIGHT, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION and MRS. DOOLEY'S AMERICA. Other credits include FINIAN'S RAINBOW at JoAnne Woodward's Westport Country Playhouse; SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER; Samuel Beckett's ENDGAME, the adaptation and direction of FINIAN'S RAINBOW; Dion Boucicault's THE COLLEEN BAWN; J. Harley Manner's PEG O' MY HEART; J.M. Synge's PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD; and Mr. Boucicault's THE STREETS OF NEW YORK, which she adapted and scored. As an actress, she has appeared on New York stages in MAJOR BARBARA, A PERFECT GANESH, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, THE PERFECT PARTY, MORNING'S AT SEVEN, PRIVATE LIVES, LOVE FOR LOVE, HOLIDAY, CHEMIN DE FER, THE GREAT GOD BROWN, A LOVELY SUNDAY FOR CREVE COEUR with directors who include Harold Prince, Tony Walton, John Tillinger, Vivian Matalon, Paul Weidner, Brian Murray, Michael Montel, Edward Berkeley, Arvin Brown, Louis Burke, Steven Porter, and Ellis Rabb. Ms. Moore has directed forty-eight Irish Repertory Theatre productions and all twenty Gala Benefits. She has received two Tony Award nominations, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, The Irish America Top 100 Irish Award, and the 2008 Irish Women Of The Year Award. She is the recipient of the 2008 Ambassador Award, the St. Patrick's Committee in Holyoke's John F. Kennedy National Award, and is listed as one of the "50 Most Influential Women" in the Irish America Magazine/Irish Voice Newspaper.

Co-founded by Producing Director Ciaran O'Reilly and Artistic Director Charlotte Moore, The Irish Repertory Theatre opened its doors in September 1988 with Sean O'Casey's THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS. The mission of the theatre was and remains to bring works by Irish and Irish-American masters and contemporary playwrights to American audiences; to provide a context for understanding the contemporary Irish American experience; and to encourage the development of new works focusing on the Irish and Irish American experience, as well as a range of other cultures.

The Irish Repertory's current production THE EMPEROR JONES, which received some of the best reviews of the season and is breaking box office records, continues through December 6, at which time the highly praised production hopes to continue at an Off-Broadway venue to be announced.

Tickets are $65 and $55, and are available by calling 212-727-2737.

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Photo credit: Linda Lenzi

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