Nov 272012

Amber Tamblyn Will Star in Beth Henley’s THE MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST On Broadway

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Beth Henley’s 100-proof comedy The Miss Firecracker Contest, starring film and television actress Amber Tamblyn and directed by Tony Award winnerJudith Ivey, will bow on Broadway in the spring of 2013.  The Miss Firecracker Contest marks Ms. Tamblyn’s Broadway debut and Ms. Ivey’s Broadway debut as director, and is produced by HOP Theatricals.  Broadway theater and dates to be announced.

The Miss Firecracker Contest is the inspiring story of Carnelle Scott (Tamblyn), a Southern orphan living in Brookhaven, Mississippi.  Carnelle is furiously rehearsing her patriotic tap dance for the Miss Firecracker Contest—hoping that a victory will salvage her tarnished reputation as the town’s “Miss Hot Tamale” and allow her to leave Brookhaven in a “crimson blaze of glory.” The unexpected arrival of her cousin Elain, a former Miss Firecracker Queen, (who has walked out on her rich but boring husband and two small children) and Elain’s eccentric brother, Delmount (recently released from a mental institution), threatens to derail Carnelle’s total makeover.  Carnelle perseveres—leading to a climax of hilarity, heart and radiant fireworks!

The Miss Firecracker Contest was first presented to New York audiences in 1984 at the Manhattan Theater Club.  Then New York Times critic Frank Rich said of the play that Beth Henley’s “comic voice has the crazed yet liberating sound of a Rebel yell.” It was later made in the 1989 feature film starring Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen and Tim Robbins.

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Jul 102012

THE HEIRESS Welcomes Judith Ivey & Announces Theatre and Opening Dates

Tony Award® winner Judith Ivey joins Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain, Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® Award winner David Strathairn and the leading man of “Downton Abbey” Dan Stevens in a new production of the unforgettable drama and Tony Award® winning play The Heiress. Written by Ruth & Augustus Goetz, The Heiress will be directed by Tony Award® nominated playwright and director Moisés Kaufman. The Heiress will be produced by Paula Wagner, Roy Furman and Stephanie P. McClelland.

Preview performances begin October 7, 2012 at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 W. 48th St. NYC). Opening night is November 1, 2012. This is a strictly limited run through February 10, 2013.

In this timeless New York love story, a protected young woman (Jessica Chastain) finds herself caught between her steely, grief-stricken father (David Strathairn) and a mysterious, handsome suitor (Dan Stevens). The power of passion, loss and money scars their lives in this unforgettable drama. 

Advance tickets will be available exclusively to American Express® Cardmembers beginning August 8, 2012 at 10am. Tickets go on-sale to the general public on August 27th. Tickets for The Heiress will be available by visiting Telecharge.com, calling (212) 239-6200 and at the box office of the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 W. 48th St. NYC). Ticket prices range from $50.00-$135.00. Group bookings are being accepted now. Please visit www.telecharge.com/groups or call Telecharge Group Sales at 800-432-7780.

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