Tony Winner Cady Huffman to Join SHEAR MADNESS; Play to Transfer to Davenport Theatre
Manny Kladitis, Jeffrey Chrzczon, Terry Schnuck, Kathleen K. Johnson, Jack Lane, Radio Mouse Entertainment, Schaffert/Hummel, Driemeyer-Sills Productions, Michael Guccione, David Gersten, Erach Screwvala, and The Shubert Organization, by special arrangement with Cranberry Productions, have announcde that Tony and Drama Desk Award Winner Cady Huffman will join the cast of Shear Madness beginning June 20th. Cady will assume the role of Mrs. Shubert, originated by Lynne Wintersteller. Also joining the cast that day will be Jonathan Randell Silver, most recently seen in Please Continue at Ensemble Studio Theatre, who will assume the role of Mike Thomas, currently played by Ethan Dubin.
Next month, the New York Premiere of the hit comedy whodunit Shear Madness will play its final performance at New World Stages/Stage 4 (340 West 50th Street) on July 10th. It will then re-locate the salon to the Davenport Theatre, 354 West 45th Street, beginning July 15th. The shop will be closed for renovations July 11th - 14th.
"We have had a great time at New World Stages, introducing New York audiences to our internationally acclaimed hit. We are deeply grateful to our partners at the Shubert Organization for the opportunity of the perfect venue to kick off our production. We are now looking forward to our next step in this journey, as we settle in here in NYC at the intimate Davenport Theatre, hoping for a run to rival the Boston (36 years) and Washington DC (28 years) productions," said the producers.
Cady Huffman recently won an Indie Series Award for her role in the popular web series "He's With Me". She can also be seen on the Aziz Ansari Netflix series "Master of None." Her Broadway credits include The Nance (Outer Critics' Circle nomination), The Producers (Tony, Drama Desk & Outer Critics' Circle awards), The Will Rogers Follies (Tony nomination), Dame Edna: The Royal Tour, Steel Pier, Bob Fosse's Big Deal and La Cage Aux Folles. TV credits include10 seasons as a judge on "Iron Chef America," "The Good Wife," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Law & Order: CI," "Law & Order: SVU," "Law & Order: TBJ," "Frasier," "Mad About You," and "One Life to Live." Her film credits include The Company Men, Romance & Cigarettes, The Nanny Diaries, Dare, Hero and Billy's Dad is a Fudgepacker. Cady is an advocate for several charitable organizations including BroadwayCares.org and CANY.org. For more, visit CadyHuffman.com
Jonathan Randell Silver is thrilled to be back in the Madness. He just closed the off-Broadway premiere of Please Continue at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Other Off-Broadway and regional credits include shows at The Pearl, Labyrinth, Urban Stages, Denver Center, ART, Williamstown, Charles Playhouse, Westport Playhouse, and Long Wharf. Film/TV include: Rover, Keeping the Faith, Jack, "Dear John," "The Knick," "Bored To Death," "Royal Pains." Proud member of EST. www.jonathanrandellsilver.com
Shear Madness opened November 11th to rave reviews! Here are just a few highlights:
The New York Times said "An audience pleaser as fresh as the latest news cycle! Filled with plenty of silliness, sly double entendres and an astonishingly durable, inclusive spirit of fun, Shear Madness is genuinely all-ages, well-oiled entertainment."
Hollywood Reporter said Shear Madness "proves the definition of a guilty pleasure! So giddily funny it's infectious! There's a reason Shear Madness is a long-running hit: it's genuinely funny, with up-to-the-minute laughs and a talented cast that brings it to comic life. All of the performers shine. The action begins before curtain time with very funny bits. Be sure to arrive early and you'll have a good time."
Time Out New York adds: "Captivating entertainment whipped up for those who find fictional murder uproarious. Regularly infused with pop-topical references, Shear Madness wins and keeps on winning! Director Bruce Jordan has gathered an excellent cadre of character actors for Shear Madness's belated New York premiere. As salon owner Tony Whitcomb, Jordan Ahnquist obstreperously appealing. Kate Middleton, playing Tony's manicurist-receptionist, is his world-weary antithesis: The seen-it-all circles under her eyes belie the come-hither bod below. Lynne Wintersteller aces the role of the Park Avenue matron, achieving an authentic aura of old money with offhanded aplomb, and hulking Patrick Noonan and eager-beaver Adam Gerber are just right as undercover detectives."
Daily News declared Shear Madness "Shamelessly humorous, harmless fun! Like a mash up of Nancy Drew and Clue, Shear Madness tests the audience's powers of observation and asks them to share their two cents about whodunit."
Huffington Post called it "Fun, shameless and downright hilarious! It doesn't matter how it sounds, Shear Madness is consistently entertaining! Comically fractious character/audience member encounters can and do ensue. As a friend I ran into during the interval said to me, 'At first I was laughing at it, but now I'm laughing with it.' You will be, too. You surely won't feel as if you've been clipped."
Shear Madness is America's hilarious whodunit where the audience gets to solve the crime. Set in a local hair salon that turns into a wacky murder scene, the play is filled with up-to-the-minute humor and is different every time you see it! Bruce Jordan directs a cast that currently features Jordan Ahnquist, Ethan Dubin, Adam Gerber, Lisa McMillan, Kate Middleton, and Patrick Noonan.
Regular performances are Monday at 7pm, Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Thursday & Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 3pm. Special Holiday performance July 3rd at 7:30pm. No performance July 4th.
Photo by Jennifer Broski