Casa Valentina 2014

Ages: 12+
Opened: April 23, 2014
Closing: June 29, 2014

Casa Valentina - 2014 - Broadway History , Info & More

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (Broadway)
261 W. 47th St. New York, NY 10036

From four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots, Newsies, La Cage aux Folles) comes CASA VALENTINA, his first play in almost thirty years and his first-ever collaboration with Manhattan Theatre Club. Two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Wicked) directs this funny, fascinating world premiere based on actual events.

Back in 1962, most men went to the Catskill Mountains to escape the summer heat, but others took the two-hour drive to escape something else entirely: being men. Nestled in the land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy sat an inconspicuous bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. It was paradise for these men - white-collar professionals with families - to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos. But when faced with the opportunity to become an official organization, these "self-made women" had to decide whether public recognition would help them gain a place in open society or spell their own personal disaster.

Infused with Fierstein's trademark wit, this moving, insightful and delightfully entertaining new work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of unforgettable characters as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden.

CASA VALENTINA is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

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FEATURED REVIEWS FOR Casa Valentina

Fierstien's Casa is Not a Drag
8 / 10

While the play is heart-felt and enjoyable, it doesn't feel quite finished, and it ends on a rash and depressing note. Since this is the world premiere production, one hopes that Fierstein can continue to develop it. And given his experience in drag performance, maybe he can even join the cast of a future production.

Broadway Review: Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Casa Valentina’
7 / 10

The inspiration for Harvey Fierstein's 'Casa Valentina' was a discreet sanctuary in the Catskills where manly men (with wives and children and other baggage) could get their kicks in the bottled-up postwar era of the 50s by dressing up like girly-girls. But the play doesn't venture much beyond the facade of its true-life model. Fierstein vividly captures a group of these brave pioneers with their girdles on, and a trim ensemble helmed by Joe Mantello lends them character. But the plot is messy, the action static, and attempts to probe the psychosexual dynamic of transvestism are tentative and superficial.

BWW Flashback: CASA VALENTINA Ends Broadway Run Today
by BWW Special Coverage - June 29, 2014

Casa Valentina, the new play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, closes today, June 29, 2014, after having played 79 performances. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you back through Casa Valentina's beginnings on Broadway!

CASA VALENTINA Begins Final Week on Broadway; Extended Run Ends 6/29
by Courtnie Mele - June 23, 2014

CASA VALENTINA, the critically acclaimed world premiere play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, begins the final week of its extended run Tuesday, June 24 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The production is presented by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer), by special arrangement with Colin Callender, Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo and The Shubert Organization.

One Week Left for CASA VALENTINA; Show to Close June 29
by Robert Diamond - June 22, 2014

Back in May, the Manhattan Theatre Club, by special arrangement with Colin Callender, Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo and The Shubert Organization, announced an extension for Casa Valentina, the world premiere play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello. An additional two weeks were added to the critically acclaimed limited engagement, through Sunday, June 29th and no more extensions are planned.

BWW Countdown: You Get to Rank Your Favorite Harvey Fierstein Shows
by Matt Tamanini - June 6, 2014

Very few stars have had a career that rivals that of the remarkable Harvey Fierstein. A seven-time Tony-nominee, he has two acting wins (TORCH SONG TRILOGY and HAIRSPRAY), one for Best Play (TORCH SONG), and one for Best Book of a Musical (LA CAGE AUX FOLLES). He also has three other Best Book nominations (A CATERED AFFAIR, NEWSIES, and KINKY BOOTS). In addition to being a phenomenal writer and actor, Harvey is also one of Broadway's most outspoken activists for the arts and equality, making him Broadway's Unofficial Mayor!

BWW TV Exclusive: Meet the 2014 Tony Nominees- CASA VALENTINA's Harvey Fierstein Reveals Where He Keeps His Six Tonys!
by Nicole Rosky - June 1, 2014

Today we continue our Tonys coverage with Harvey Fierstein, a nominee for Best Play for Casa Valentina, who chats about how he originally got involved in the New York theatre scene, the joy of working with Joe Mantello, and more. Check out what he had to say below!

Harvey Fierstein's CASA VALENTINA Heading to the Big Screen?
by Caryn Robbins - May 14, 2014

Harvey Fierstein's new Broadway play CASA VALENTINA may be heading to the big screen.

Harvey Fierstein's CASA VALENTINA Extends Through June 29 on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club, by special arrangement with Colin Callender, Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo and The Shubert Organization, has announced an extension for CASA VALENTINA, the hit world premiere play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello. An additional two weeks have been added to the critically acclaimed limited engagement, with tickets now on sale through Sunday, June 29 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

In the Spotlight Series: In the Tonys Photo Booth with Nominee Reed Birney
by Walter McBride - May 19, 2014

Below you can check out photos of Reed Birney, nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Casa Valentina, in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In the Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride!

In the Spotlight Series: In the Tonys Photo Booth with Nominee Harvey Fierstein
by Walter McBride - May 16, 2014

Below you can check out photos of Harvey Fierstein, nominated for Best Play for Casa Valentina, in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In the Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride!

BWW TV Exclusive: Meet the 2014 Tony Nominees- CASA's Reed Birney Talks Working His Way Up from Mr. Off-Broadway
by Nicole Rosky - May 15, 2014

Today we continue our Tonys coverage with Reed Birney, a nominee for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Casa Valentina, who chats about why the show is 'the perfect acting experiences,' how he worked his way up from being Mr. Off-Broadway and more. Check out what he had to say below!

BWW Reviews: CASA VALENTINA Is What It Is
by Michael Dale - April 25, 2014

Harvey Fierstein's first non-musical play on Broadway in 27 years gives a history lesson on cross-dressing straight men.

BWW TV: Chatting with the Company of CASA VALENTINA on Opening Night!
by Nicole Rosky - April 24, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of Casa Valentina, the play by four-time Tony Award winnerHarvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello just opened last night, April 23, 2014 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there for the opening night after party, where he got to chat with the whole gang about the new play. Check out what they had to say after the curtain went down below!

BWW TV: On the Red Carpet for Opening Night of MTC's CASA VALENTINA
by Nicole Rosky - April 24, 2014

Broadway's biggest stars flocked to th Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) last night to celebrate the opening of the Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere of Casa Valentina, the play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on the red carpet to chat with the guests, and below, you can check out interviews with Sierra Boggess, Alan Menken, Valerie Harper, Judith Light and more!

Photo Coverage: CASA VALENTINA Company Celebrates Opening Night!
by Jennifer Broski - April 24, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of Casa Valentina, the play by four-time Tony Award winnerHarvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello just opened last night, April 23, 2014 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld was there for all of the opening night festivities and you can check out photos from the curtain call and after party below!

Photo Coverage: Inside CASA VALENTINA's Opening Night Theatre Arrivals
by Jennifer Broski - April 24, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of Casa Valentina, the play by four-time Tony Award winnerHarvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello just opened last night, April 23, 2014 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Check out photos from the star-studded theatre arrivals below!

STAGE TUBE: MURDER FOR TWO Welcomes CASA VALENTINA to Broadway
by Stage Tube - April 23, 2014

In the video below, the writers of Murder for Two play one of the songs they so totally wrote from the new Broadway hit, Manhattan Theatre Club's Casa Valentina!

Review Roundup: CASA VALENTINA Opens on Broadway - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - April 23, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of CASA VALENTINA, the play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello opens tonight, April 23, on Broadway at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Let's see what the critics had to say...

Harvey Fierstein's CASA VALENTINA Opens on Broadway Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - April 23, 2014

CASA VALENTINA, the new play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, began performances on April 1 at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and officially opens on Broadway tonight, April 23, 2014.

Photo Flash: New CASA VALENTINA Production Shots with Patrick Page, Reed Birney, Gabriel Ebert and More!
by BWW News Desk - April 22, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of CASA VALENTINA, the play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello is now in previews for a Wednesday, April 23, 2014 opening on Broadway at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld has new photos of the cast in action below!

BWW TV: Watch Highlights of Patrick Page & More in CASA VALENTINA on Broadway!
by Nicole Rosky - April 22, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of CASA VALENTINA, the play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello is now in previews for a Wednesday, April 23, 2014 opening on Broadway at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld brings you highlights of the cast in action below!

Casa Valentina FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Casa Valentina has had 1 productions including Broadway which opened in 2014.
Casa Valentina has been nominated for Best Play and Best Costume Design of a Play for Rita Ryack at the Tony Awards.
Casa Valentina has been nominated for several awards, including the Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Reed Birney and Gabriel Ebert. The show was also nominated for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) and Outstanding New Broadway Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards).

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