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Opening Doors Theatre Company Presents SUBWAYS ARE FOR SLEEPING This November


Opening Doors Theatre Company presents the 1961 musical comedy SUBWAYS ARE FOR SLEEPING - November 1-2 and 8-11. All six performances will be held at The Duplex (61 Christopher Street, NYC - (212) 255-5438 - and are scheduled for 7:00PM. The production will be directed by Hector Coris with musical direction by Ted Kociolek from a score by Jule Styne. The book and lyrics are by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Choreography will be by Diego Funes. The production manager is Billie Di Stefano. Cast will be announced soon.

Tickets will go on sale October 1, 2009. Tickets are $20 + 2-drink minimum. Members of MAC and AEA pay only a $15 + minimum (visit website for MAC & AEA code.) Tickets must be purchased in advance online through or by calling (212) 868-4444.

One of David Merrick's notorious "flops", Subways Are For Sleeping tells the tale of a Angie, a lady reporter sent to get the scoop on a segment of NYC society that lives by their own rules. These carefree souls take up odd jobs to earn enough to get a place to sleep and food to eat, eschewing a drone-like existence. When Angie learns how the other half lives, she begins to see there might be another way to experience the world.

This is the first time Subways Are For Sleeping will be performed since it closed on Broadway on June 23, 1962 after 205 performances at the ST. James Theatre. Tony Award nominations went to Michael Kidd (for choreography) and Orson Bean (Featured Actor in a Musical. Phyllis Newman won the show's only Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Opening Doors Theatre Company is a New York City-based, non-profit performing arts ensemble committed to developing an eclectic mix of programming through the artistic collaboration of performers as well as playwrights, composers, directors and designers, and providing opportunities for new talent to be seen and heard. The company was formed in 2006 by SuzAnne Adams (Artistic & Managing Director), along with Hector Coris (Associate Artistic Director).

The "Closing Notice" Series is a set of "living cast album" presentations focusing on classic musicals that were either dubbed a "flop", had short commercial runs or most likely will never be revived again. Opening Doors respectfully presents these scores with the understanding that - unsuccessful or not - the creators poured their craft, guts and love into the work and they deserve to be heard once again - live on stage. The focus is on the score with a truncated book. The "Closing Notice" series began in December 2006 with the critically-acclaimed presentation of Bring Back Birdie (2007 MAC Award nomination - Outstanding Variety Production/Recurring Series), and has included acclaimed revivals of It's A Bird! It's a Plane! It's Superman, Goldilocks, I Love My Wife, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Flora the Red Menace. In 2009, Opening Doors Theatre won the 2009 Bistro Award for Outstanding Series.


Hector Coris (Director). For ODTC, Hector has shepherded several other "first-ever" NY revivals of Bring Back Birdie, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public (director), and Whoop-Up (producer). Other directing credits include Barnum (Brooklyn Family Theatre) and several cabaret shows. As a multiple award-winning songwriter, he has written and produced the well-received musical revues Not Me!, What's Your Problem? (both with composer Paul L. Johnson), and What's the Point?! (with composer Alan Cancelino). He also serves on the Board of Directors of MAC (The Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs). As a performer, he presented his debut solo show, Life is Wonderful, as Don't Tell Mama - soon to be released on CD. He is thankful to Phyllis Newman, Joseph Weiss and the Jule Styne estate for this glorious opportunity. Visit for more information.

Ted Kociolek (Musical Director). Ted is delighted to return to Opening Doors, having performed in the recent production of I LOVE MY WIFE. As a writer, he is represented by ABYSSINIA (Goodspeed Musicals/Arena Stage/Cleveland Playhouse/North Shore Music Theatre), JOLSON: A VAUDEVILLE (Pelican Studio Theatre, NYC) and has contributed songs to the revues CRAZY LOVE and SHRINKS! by Nicky Silver, which had successful runs nationwide. Other composing credits include dance and incidental music, cabaret, industrials and special material. His current work-in-progress, THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, based on the novel by Edith Wharton and written in collaboration with Walter Holland, was recently presented at the York Theatre. Ted has been affiliated with several Broadway shows and worked extensively in regional theater as conductor, keyboardist and/or arranger. Recently, he served as music director for an evening of Frank Loesser songs at The New York Historical Society. As a vocal coach, he has served on the faculties of NYU and Long Island University and maintains a private practice at his home in New York City. A featured artist for a MEET THE COMPOSER grant as a well as a recipient of a New Jersey Council of the Arts Fellowship for composition and the ASCAP Popular Award, Ted is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild.

DIEGO FUNES (Choreographer). Diego Funes attended the School of American Ballet and later danced with the Cincinnati Ballet and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. For the theatre, his credits as a dancer include Cats, Hello, Dolly!, Riverdance, Anything Goes and A Chorus Line. He has also choreographed productions of Hello, Dolly!, Beauty and the Beast, And the World Goes Round, Zorba! and Leader of the Pack. Funes also choreographed the films P.S. I Love You with Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank and Back to High School. His television appearances include performances in the United States, Italy, London, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Mexico and Brasil as well as numerous appearances with recording artists on MTV and on tour. He is the artistic director of de funes dance company.

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