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A Catered Affair

Book by Harvey Fierstein
Music and Lyrics by John Bucchino
Directed by Freddie Ashley
Musical Direction by Ann-Carol Pence
Musical Staging by Ricardo Aponte

Based on the film written by Gore Vidal, Original teleplay by Paddy Chayefsky

In 2008, A Catered Affair was performed on Broadway by an all-star. This funny, poignant and oh-so-human tale of love and marriage begins its magnificent journey into regional theatre with its post-Broadway debut on March 4th at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.

Set in the Bronx in 1953, A Catered Affair chronicles a blue-collar family, the Hurleys, who must decide whether to spend their life savings on a taxicab business or on the wedding of their only daughter, Janey.Based on Paddy Chayefsky’s original teleplay and the Turner Entertainment film that was written by Gore Vidal, A Catered Affair was adapted for the stage by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstien with music and lyrics by John Bucchino. This hit musical was nominated for 3 Tony awards and 12 Drama Desk awards.

Aurora Theatre has assembled its own all-star cast for the show with Anthony Rodriguez (Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director), as father of the bride Tom Hurley. Ingrid Cole, best known to Atlanta audiences from the long running hit Menopause the Musical, will make her Aurora debut as Aggie, the mother of the bride. Uncle Winston will be portrayed by Glenn Rainey (7 years on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast) who most recently delighted Aurora Theatre audiences as the lovable gangster in Kiss Me, Kate.

Also joining the cast are Laura Floyd (Smoke on the Mountain – Theatre in the Square; Beyond the Rainbow – Georgia Ensemble Theatre) and Jeremy Wood (National Tour of Ring of Fire, Grease). They will be under the direction of Freddie Ashley (Artistic Director Actor’s Express) who directed Camelot, Aurora’s inaugural show in their new venue. Mr. Ashley will be reunited with his Camelot collaborators; musical director Ann-Carol Pence (Aurora Theatre Associate Producer) and choreographer Ricardo Aponte (Kiss Me, Kate, Christmas Canteen).


Producer Quote

“There are many beautiful shows that are destined to have a very successful life at the regional level. A Catered Affair is the powerful story about really good people and that is not always the type of show that speaks to the cynicism of New York audiences,” said Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence. “A Catered Affair charts the course for the next decade of Aurora programming. We have a commitment to bringing new musicals to life.”


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Cast

Ingrid Cole Aggie
Anthony Rodriguez Tom
Glenn Rainey Winston
Laura Floyd Janey
Jeremy Wood Ralph
Randall Taylor Mr. Halloran / Cab Driver
Nita Hardy Pasha / Mrs. Halloran
Kenya Hamilton Myra / Dress Salesman
Christy Baggett Dolores / The Caterer
Rachel White Alice / Army Sargeant

Reviews

“This Bronx tale, with its interlocking, underlining and quietly beautiful music and lyrics by John Bucchino, skims along the edge of sentimentality to find honest sentiment in this story… These are not musical comedy stereo-types – these are people… It’s simply a musical with an honest heart, and that’s enough.” – Clive Barnes, New York Post, 2008

“Perhaps the perfect show for a new period of economic anxiety and widening class divides…the show commands respect by further challenging standard preconceptions of how the Broadway musical should sound, function and feel.” David Rooney, Variety, 2008