Thursday, January 15, 2009

Call Applause Theatre Service for this Hot Theatrical Event, Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit" Coming to Broadway

Can you believe this cast????
 Blithe Spirit Tickets

ANGELA LANSBURY, who last appeared on Broadway in Deuce, has enjoyed a career without precedent. Her professional career spans more than a half-century, during which she has flourished, first as a star of motion pictures, then as a four-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical star and most recently as the star of "Murder, She Wrote," the longest-running detective drama series in the history of television. The actress made her Broadway debut in 1957 when she starred as Bert Lahr's wife in the French farce, Hotel Paradiso. In 1960, she returned to Broadway as Joan Plowright's mother in the season's most acclaimed drama, A Taste of Honey, by Shelagh Delaney. One year later, she starred on Broadway in her first musical, Anyone Can Whistle. Lansbury returned to New York in triumph in 1966 as Mame, for which she won the first of her unprecedented four Tony Awards as Best Actress in a Musical. She received the others as the Madwoman of Chaillot in Dear World (1968), as Mama Rose in the 1974 revival of Gypsy and as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (1979). From 1984-1996 she starred as Jessica Fletcher, mystery-writing amateur sleuth, on "Murder, She Wrote," for which she won four Golden Globe Awards. In 1982, she was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame, and in 1994 she was named a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. Angela and her husband Peter were married in 1949. They worked together until Peter's death in January 2003. Angela has three grown children, Deirdre, Anthony and David, and three grandchildren.

CHRISTINE EBERSOLE received the Tony Award, Obie Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Special Citation from NY Drama Critics and the Drama League Award for Performance of the Year for her dual roles as Edith and Edie Beale in Grey Gardens. Her Broadway credits include Steel Magnolias, Dinner at Eight (Tony and Outer Critics Circle noms.), 42nd Street (2001 Tony and Outer Critics Circle Awards), The Best Man, Getting Away With Murder, Harrigan 'n Hart, Camelot (opposite Richard Burton and Richard Harris), Oklahoma!, On the Twentieth Century, I Love My Wife and Angel Street. Off-Broadway credits include Alan Bennett's Talking Heads (2003 Obie and Outer Critics Circle awards, Drama Desk nom.), Three Sisters, Geniuses and four Encores! concerts. Regional credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Old Globe), Mame, Evita, My Fair Lady, The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Laughing Wild. Films include Tootsie, Amadeus, Dead Again, Richie Rich, Black Sheep, Folks!, True Crime, Till There Was You, My Favorite Martian, Thief of Hearts and ,My Girl 2. Television includes "Saturday Night Live" (series regular '81-'82 season), "Gypsy" with Bette Midler, "One Life to Live" (Emmy nom.), "Ryan's Hope," "The Cavanaughs" (with the late great Barnard Hughes), "Valerie," "Ink," "Related" and guest appearances on "Will & Grace," "Just Shoot Me," "Murphy Brown" and "Ally McBeal." CD's include In Your Dreams with Billy Stritch, Live at the Cinegrill and Grey Gardens.

RUPERT EVERETT is no stranger to Noel Coward, having previously delivered an acclaimed performance as "Nicky" in The Vortex at the Garrick Theatre on the West End. Best known for his star making and Golden Globe nominated turns in My Best Friend's Wedding and An Ideal Husband, Rupert Everett has been a fixture in feature films and television for the past 20 years. Following his theatrical training at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and the avant-garde Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Everett received his big break in Kenneth Branagh's 1982 West End production of Another Country. Since his first film appearance, in the feature film adaptation of Country, he has appeared in over 25 acclaimed motion pictures, including Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Hearts of Fire, The Comfort of Strangers, Prêt-à-Porter, The Madness of King George, Shakespeare in Love, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Next Best Thing, The Importance of Being Earnest, To Kill a King, Stage Beauty, Shrek 2 & 3, Separate Lies, Stardust, and St. Trinian's. His television credits include "Arthur the King," "Mr. Ambassador," and "Boston Legal." In addition to eight credits with the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre (notably Picture of Dorian Gray, Noel Coward's Private Lives, Don Juan, and Heartbreak House), Everett's other West End credits include Appeal at the Lyric Hammersmith

JAYNE ATKINSON. Best known for her scene stealing turn as Homeland Security director Karen Hayes on the hit FOX drama "24" and her Tony-nominated performances on Broadway in The Rainmaker and Enchanted April, Ms. Atkinson has been a powerful and consistent presence on stage, television, and film. In addition to The Rainmaker and Enchanted April (for which she received Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and was Drama Desk nominated), her Broadway credits include Ivanov, Our Town (with Paul Newman), and All My Sons. Off-Broadway, she received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in The Skriker, and has appeared in The Vagina Monologues, How I Learned to Drive, Henry VIII, and The Art of Success. In addition to "24" for which she received a SAG Award nomination for Best Ensemble, her series regular TV credits include "A Year In The Life," and "Parenthood," and guest and recurring spots on the original "Law and Order" & "SVU", "Criminal Minds", "The Education of Max Bickford", "The Practice", and "The X-Files." Her film credits include Recount for HBO Films, Syriana, The Village, 12 and Holding, Free Willy, and Blank Check.

At last, Broadway has a comedy to die for! Can you believe this cast? Rupert Everett, Christine Ebersole, Jayne Atkinson AND Angela Lansbury are all set to star in Noel Coward's BLITHE SPIRIT, directed by Michael Blakemore. With so many big stars set to come to Broadway this upcoming season, this is one that I can't wait to see! Just listen to this premise. It's the wickedly funny comedy about a successful novelist haunted by his biggest fan -- his deceased first wife! What happens when his once-beloved won't take "til death do us part" for an answer? What happens when his new wife finds out they're not alone anymore? Can anyone conjure up a solution? You don't need a crystal ball for the answers – just tickets to BLITHE SPIRIT. Call an Applause Theatre Service Sales Expert including myself, Erik Swanson pictured to the right, right now and get your tickets to this hot theatrical Event! 800-451-9930

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