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Casa Valentina - 2014 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

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.

History:

Original Production
Run Type: Limited Run
Market: Broadway
Previews: April 01, 2014
Closing: June 29, 2014

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (Broadway)

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Featured Reviews For Casa Valentina


Fierstein's 'Casa Valentina' more than a fun excursion - USA Today
Fierstein's compassion for his characters never flags, and director Joe Mantello juggles the vivacious and bleak elements of the play -- its warmth and wryness, both characteristic of the playwright -- adroitly. He has the benefit of a superb ensemble cast. Patrick Page and Mare Winningham have a poignant rapport as George/Valentina and his wife, Rita...Tom McGowan is an immensely endearing Bessie, one of several characters we only meet in their feminine guises, while Gabriel Ebert brings a goofy sweetness to the role of first-timer Jonathan/Miranda. Vets John Cullum and Larry Pine are predictably supple as, respectively, mother figure Terry and The Judge/Amy, who may harbor a dangerous secret. Reed Birney is hilariously starchy as George's aforementioned friend, Charlotte, who at one point declares that in 50 years homosexuality will still be shunned, while "cross-dressing will be as everyday as cigarette smoking."

‘Casa Valentina’ cross-dresses and impresses - NY Post
The show, tightly directed by Joe Mantello, cruises through its first act, where Fierstein neatly balances pathos, killer one-liners -- "I'm so pretty I should be set to music" -- and a battle of ideas after Charlotte reveals her agenda. Things bog down after intermission, when there are one too many earnest speeches and saintly Rita admits to an unease with her marriage. Still, the entire cast is a delight, making us empathize with the characters' plights, dreams and journeys. And it's especially fun to watch Birney -- a specialist of milquetoast characters -- play a villainess with a messiah complex. Paradise may be lost by the end, but it's quite a ride to see it go down.


 



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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!
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.
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.
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!
by BroadwayWorld TV - 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!
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!
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!
by BroadwayWorld TV - 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!
by Caryn Robbins - May 14, 2014
Harvey Fierstein's new Broadway play CASA VALENTINA may be heading to the big screen.
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).
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.
by BroadwayWorld TV - 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!
by BroadwayWorld TV - 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!
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!
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!

Casa Valentina Frequently Asked Questions

What Tony Awards has Casa Valentina been nominated for?
Best Play , Best Costume Design of a Play for Rita Ryack.

What other awards has Casa Valentina been nominated for?
Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Reed Birney, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Gabriel EbertOutstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for Casa Valentina and Outstanding New Broadway Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Casa Valentina.

What awards has Casa Valentina been nominated for?
Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Reed Birney, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Gabriel EbertOutstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for Casa Valentina and Outstanding New Broadway Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Casa Valentina.

What productions of Casa Valentina have there been?
Casa Valentina has had 1 productions including Broadway which opened in 2014.

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