Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night

Heartbreak House celebrated its opening night last night, September 6. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out all the photos below!

Shaw's timely classic comedy Heartbreak House plays Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues) through September 29th only.

Artistic Director David Staller directs a cast that features Alison Fraser(The Secret Garden - Tony & Drama Desk nominations, Romance/Romance - Tony nomination, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Gypsy directed by Arthur Laurents, Wicked; March of the Falsettos and In Trousers); Tom Hewitt(Broadway: Billy Flynn in Chicago, Dracula The Musical, Rocky Horror Show- Tony & Drama Desk nominations, Boys from Syracuse, Disney's Lion King as Scar, The Sisters Rosensweig): Jeff Hiller (Bright Colors and Bold Patterns; Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson; The Awesome 80's Prom; Silence! the Musical); Kimberly Immanuel (Off-Broadway: Pacific Overtures - Classic Stage Co, The Fantasticks); Derek Smith (Broadway: The Green Bird - Tony Award nomination, Ring Round the Moon, Getting and Spending, Scar in The Lion King, Jackie, The Government Inspector, Timon of Athens); Raphael Nash Thompson (The Red Letter Plays: Fucking A - Signature Theatre;Pericles, The Merchant of Venice - Theatre For A New Audience; Volpone, The Witch of Edmonton, Edward II, Pericles - Red Bull Theater; Ten Blocks on the Camino Real, The Seagull - Target Margin Theater; Harry and the Cannibals -La Mama), Lenny Wolpe (Bullets Over Broadway, The Drowsy Chaperone, Wicked, The Sound of Music, Mayor the Musical, Copperfield), and Karen Ziemba (Prince of Broadway, Bullets Over Broadway, Curtains - Tony & Drama Desk nominations, Never Gonna Dance - Tony nomination, Contact -Tony Award & Drama Desk Award), Steel Pier - Tony & Drama Desk nominations, Chicago, Crazy For You, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, I Do I Do -Drama Desk nomination, And the World Goes 'Round - Drama Desk Award). The design team includes Brian Prather, scenic design; Barbara A. Bell, costumes; Christina Watanabe, lighting; and Toby Algya, sound.

This new adaptation of Shaw's infamous WWI play is set during the first days of the London Blitz (September 1940). We're in London's Ambassadors Theatre when the sirens go off. With the performance interrupted, the cast and audience have joined together to seek shelter in the theatre's basement. To entertain the crowd, the cast performs Shaw's most vital paean to resistance and perseverance against tyranny, Heartbreak House. Inspired by actual events as lived by Hermione Gingold during the WWII's darkest days, this revelatory approach will make Shaw's masterpiece more timely than ever. After many years struggling as a classical actress, Hermione Gingoldbecame famous during the early days of the war in London performing satirical musical revue sketches. As the bombs fell, she kept the shows going until the explosions came too close for comfort and would bring everyone below the stage for safety. To keep spirits up, she and her co-stars would entertain the group by presenting plays. The most often requested play was Shaw's most ardent plea for us to stand up to the coming storm, Heartbreak House. This production, inspired by GTG's namesake, a long-time friend of GTG Founding Artistic Director David Staller, will recreate one of these lively events.

Tickets for Heartbreak House are $69 (including theater restoration fee) and can be purchased online at Telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200 or in person at the Theatre Row Box Office.

Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Heartbreak House

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Heartbreak House

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Heartbreak House

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Heartbreak House

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Derek Smith, Raphael Nash Thompson, Karen Ziemba, Tom Hewitt, Lenny Wolpe, Kimberly Immanuel, Jeff Hiller and Alison Fraser

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Derek Smith, Raphael Nash Thompson, Karen Ziemba, Tom Hewitt, Lenny Wolpe, Kimberly Immanuel, Jeff Hiller and Alison Fraser

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Laura Buchwald and David Staller

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
David Staller and Don Buchwald

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
David Staller, Danny Burstein and Andrew Weems

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Danny Burstein and Andrew Weems

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Andrew Weems and Derek Smith

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Jamie deRoy and Danny Burstein

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Derek Smith

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Maggie Buchwald and David Staller

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Pamela Singleton, David Staller, MaryLee Martin Terrano and Richard Terrano

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Jeff Hiller

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Jeff Hiller

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Alison Fraser

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Alison Fraser

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Alison Fraser

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Tom Hewitt and Alison Fraser

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Tom Hewitt

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Tom Hewitt

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Steve Pavlakis, Alison Fraser and Barrett Leddy

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Lenny Wolpe

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Lenny Wolpe

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Vicki Reiss and David Staller

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Karen Ziemba

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Karen Ziemba and MaryLee Martin Terrano

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Ethan Litwin

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Raphael Nash Thompson

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Raphael Nash Thompson

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Jamie Sanders and Maryann Plunkett

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Joseph Capone, Cindy Capone, Ethan Litwin and Lisa Litwin

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Ethan Litwin and Lisa Litwin

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Kimberly Immanuel

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Kimberly Immanuel

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Tom Viola, Kimberly Immanuel and David Staller

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Paul Katz and Lloyd R. Walker with Alison Fraser and David Staller

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Roberto Borgatti, Ann Vellis and David Staller

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Belle Martarano, Joshua Weinberg, Diane Stillwell Weinberg and David Staller

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Tom Hewitt, Karen Ziemba and Danny Burstein

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Tom Hewitt, Karen Ziemba and Danny Burstein

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Tom Hewitt, Derek Smith, Jeff Hiller, Kimberly Immanuel, Raphael Nash Thompson, Karen Ziemba, Alison Fraser and Lenny Wolpe

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
David Staller joins with the cast-Tom Hewitt, Derek Smith, Jeff Hiller, Kimberly Immanuel, Raphael Nash Thompson, Karen Ziemba., Alison Fraser and Lenny Wolpe

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
Tom Hewitt and Edward Staudenmayer

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Andrew M. Flescher, James Fenniman and Sue Phillips

Photo Coverage: HEARTBREAK HOUSE Celebrates Opening Night
David Staller, Alyce Stark and Stephen Brown-Fried

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