Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Manhattan Theater Club presents "Master Class"

Way back in January of 2010, I asked the question: Tyne Dale as Maria Callas?.

Then, earlier this year we heard directly from Tony Award-winning playwright and librettist Terrence McNally on the revival of his play Master Class - starring Tyne Daly. And now...
Tyne Daly's late-career diva Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's music-kissed biographical drama, Master Class, dawns on Broadway starting June 14 at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The play about the famed opera star won the 1996 Tony Award as Best Play.

Director Stephen Wadsworth worked with Tony Award winner Daly (the 1989-90
Gypsy) on the 2010 Kennedy Center revival of McNally's play, set in a master class in which Callas critiques young legit singers and muses on her life, loves and career. Wadsworth's Broadway company includes Olivier Award nominee Sierra Boggess (Love Never Dies, The Little Mermaid) as student-singer Sharon, a role that won Audra McDonald a Tony Award; Clinton Brandhagen as a Stagehand; Jeremy Cohen as accompanist Manny; Alexandra Silber as student-singer Sophie; and Garrett Sorenson as student-singer Tony.

This MTC limited engagement opens July 7 and is on sale through Aug. 14.

According to MTC, "Terrence McNally's play about Maria Callas (Tyne Daly) takes us to one of her famous master classes, where, late in her own career, she dares the next generation to make the same sacrifices and rise to the same heights that made her the most celebrated, the most reviled and the most controversial singer of her time." [Source]

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