Broadway veteran Kevin McGuire and Emmy Award-winner Ellen Parker star under director Michael Bush
SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—AUG. 6, 2014—Primary casting has been announced for the Capital Repertory Theatre production of Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities, directed by Michael Bush, opening in previews Sept. 26 and playing Sept. 30-Oct. 19.
Broadway veteran Kevin McGuire and Emmy Award-winner Ellen Parker will lead the cast as Lyman and Polly Wyeth. Other Desert Cities, a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is an intriguing play about family, politics and the past.
McGuire has been a recent staple at theREP, with leading roles in Man of La Mancha, Red and A Christmas Carol. McGuire has starred on Broadway and in national and international tours of Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, The Secret Garden and Jane Eyre. As founder of The Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall, in Cambridge, N.Y., he directed and starred in nine seasons of inventive stagings of classics, including Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Uncle Vanya and Much Ado About Nothing.
He will direct Shakespeare’s Hamlet for theREP later in the season.
Parker—who starred for eight years, and won a 1993 Emmy Award, as Maureen Reardon Bauer on the daytime television staple Guiding Light—makes her Capital Repertory Theatre debut with Other Desert Cities.
On Broadway, Parker appeared in The Heidi Chronicles, Plenty and Equus; off-Broadway work includes Alan Ayckbourn's House and Garden and Absent Friends; Mrs. Klein with Uta Hagen; As You Like It at La MaMa; and Aunt Dan and Lemon and Fen at the Public. She has performed widely in regional theater and spent seven summers acting at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference. She was awarded an Obie for "Sustained Excellence of Performance" and an Emmy for Best Featured Actress.
Parker, like McGuire, has local connections. Her parents founded Chez Sophie in Hadley, N.Y. and her brother Paul recently opened The Rare Earth Wine Bar in Glens Falls, N.Y.
Michael Bush returns to theREP for Other Desert Cities, where he has also directed Cactus Flower, Uptown Downtown and A Christmas Carol.
by Christopher Clemente
"That play between characters is what makes Smokey Joe’s Café truly intimate and special. Whether it’s the slapstick comedy played between Jason Veasey and Christopher Brasfield, or a scene stolen from the romance between Justin Scott Brown and Gizel Jimenez, the constant between each song rests in the matching of characters to performers. With each song, relationships are established from the show’s beginning to end. This chemistry creates great unity and makes each tear, laugh, and heartbreak even more earnest and sincere."
By Downtown Albany Business Improvement District
by Will Gallagher
The stage was on fire and the roof torn down at Capital Rep last night. No fire extinguisher or hardhats were needed. The building is safe, but be warned you will not leave as you entered.Smokey Joe’s Café is playing as the summer show and its nine actors burn up that stage with their hot moves and bring down the house with their incredible voices.
Please be advised that the intersection of Sheridan Avenue and Chapel Street will be closed for several hours, including the rush hour commute, while traffic investigators investigate a car accident that occurred earlier this afternoon. Please allow for extra travel time to the theatre to accommodate for increased traffic and detours.
by Rich DiMaggio
If the doctor ordered a great Summertime musical, have we got the cure for you. It's called Smokey Joe's Cafe and it is a foot stomping, hand-clapping, head swaying good time. Plain and simple, this play is great, brought to you by an extremely talented cast of singers, dancers and tappers, who have as much fun lighting the stage up, as you have watching them.
Smokey Joe’s Café - a musical revue featuring primarily the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It has the distinction of being longest running revue on Broadway.
Better than that, though, it has just a ton of incredibly fun and iconic songs.
WAMC’s Alan Chartock In Conversation with Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Producing Artistic Director for Capital Repertory Theatre.
(about a minute of music precedes the chat)
Bob Goepfert, July 19
“I’ve been blessed with a brilliant cast”
“I see every song as a story,” he said. “In fact, it’s brilliant storytelling. If you look at each story, it results in each of the nine characters making a journey that has its own arc.”