Robert Creighton and CAGNEY to open at Westside Theatre March 16


CAGNEY Keyart
 
ROBERT CREIGHTON
AND THE ORIGINAL OFF-BROADWAY CAST OF
THE ACCLAIMED YORK THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCTION OF
THE HIT NEW MUSICAL
“C A G N E Y”
WILL TRANSFER TO THE WESTSIDE THEATRE
 
PERFORMANCES BEGIN WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016
FOR AN OPEN-ENDED ENGAGEMENT
 
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2016
 
New York, NY – (February 11, 2016) – Producer Riki Kane Larimer (Fiddler on the Roof, Tappin’ Thru Life, On The Town, Gigi)has announced the Off-Broadway transfer of The York Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of the new musical, Cagney with book by Peter Colley (The Donnellyand music & lyrics by Robert Creighton and Christopher McGovern (Fame, First Wives Club).  Cagney received its New York premiere at The York Theatre Company, last spring, where it played a limited five-week sold out engagement.  This new updated, expanded and revised version will begin performances begin on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. for an open-ended engagement at The Westside Theatre – Upstairs (407 West 43rdStreet).  Opening Night is set for Sunday afternoon, April 3, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Directed by Bill Castellino (Storyville, Jolson) and with choreography by Joshua Bergasse (The Nerds, On The Town, Gigi), the six-member cast stars Broadway veteran and hoofer Robert Creighton (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, The Lion King) as the legendary James Cagney, in this exciting new musical.  He will be joined by his original Off-Broadway cast members Jeremy Benton (42nd Street)Danette Holden (Annie)Bruce Sabath (Company)Josh Walden (Ragtime), and Ellen Zolezzi (Seussical).
Cagney, a dramatic new musical, follows the life of the legendary James Cagney from the streets of New York to his rise from a vaudeville song-and-dance man to one of the brightest stars of Hollywood as the original tough guy. Broadway’s Robert Creighton, in the role he was born to play, leads a cast of six who tap dance through a score that blends original music with classic George M. Cohan favorites: Give My Regards To BroadwayYou’re A Grand Old Flag, and Yankee Doodle Dandy.
The critics raved when Cagney received its New York premiere at The York Theatre Company, last spring, where it played a limited five-week sold out engagement.  “Robert Creighton shines as Cagney!,” exclaimed the New York Post. Exhilarating! A York doodle dandy,” shouted Time Out, while CurtainUp declared, “The most entertaining big-little musical currently on offer in Manhattan.”  “Dazzling! ‘Cagney’ has a snap in its step and a glint in its eye that makes it all but irresistible,” said Lighting and Sound America.  New York Theatre Guide observed, “The whole production lives up to its Hollywood antecedents… but it’s Bill Castellino’s quicksilver direction that makes the whole thing move and matter.”   While The New York Times simply stated,Rousing! Joshua Bergasse’s choreography could sell tap shoes to Tibetan monks.”   And TheaterMania shared, “A dream come true for lovers of tap dance.”
 
The creative team includes James Morgan (set), Chip Schoonmaker (costumes), Michael Gilliam (lights), Janie Bullard(sound), and Mark Pirolo (projections).  The Production Stage Manager is Larry Smiglewski.  Carol Hanzel is the Casting Director and Brierpatch Productions provides General Management.
 
Cagney will play the following performance schedule:  Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., Thursday & Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. 
 
Tickets for Cagney are priced at $89 and may be purchased by calling Telecharge: 212-239-6200, or by visiting Telecharge.com.
Photo Caption: 
The cast from The York Theatre Company production of “Cagney” (L to R) Danette Holden, Jeremy Benton, Robert Creighton, Ellen Zolezzi and Josh Walden.   Photo credit:  Carol Rosegg.

 

Tulis McCall

Author: Tulis McCall

For my money, the theatre is up there in the ten top reasons to be human. I leave my home and go sit in a dark room with complete strangers and watch actors do their stuff because I want to be inspired. I’m asking to be involved. I’m volunteering to be led down any old path they choose as long as they don’t let go of my hand. And if I see a show, and it is NOT so very good – I will try to divert you, because I don’t want you to come to the temple when the preaching isn’t up to snuff. I will bar the door, I will swing from rafters, I will yell FIRE just to set your feet on a path that does not lead to disappointment. Do something different with your evening I will say. Save your money for dinner with a friend you haven’t seen in months because you are too frigging busy. Go take a walk with your dog or your child or your significant other. Go to bed early, I will say. Don’t come to the theatre when it is less than it can be. I’m an usher snob, and that’s all there is to it.

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