Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit Returns to Broadway

The last time I saw Blithe Spirit was at New York's Alvin Theater (currently named the Neil Simon Theater) in 1987. Written by Noel Coward and originally appearing both on Broadway and in London in 1941, Blithe Spirit is one of Mr. Coward's funniest plays. The play tells the very funny story of a successful novelist that is haunted by his biggest fan- his deceased wife. You can only imagine how difficult this would be to explain to his current wife right?

In the show, Charles Condomine is gathering material to write his next novel. He decides to hire an eccentric "medium" to perform a "seance". Soon after, we get to witness Charles's deceased wife Elvira and how she "comes to life" to take revenge on him.

As I sat in the audience at the Shubert Theater tonight I was recalling how very much I enjoyed the show 22 years ago as I got to see some of my favorite stars perform. Imagine the chance to see Richard Chamberlain, Blythe Danner, Judith Ivey and Geraldine Fitzgerald? It was a very special night at the theater. In fact I believe Geraldine Fitzgerald had passed away the following weekend that we saw the show.

Tonight's version of Blithe Spirit is also a production that I will recall fondly for years to come. Directed by Michael Blakemore, this Blithe Spirit gives us Rupert Everett (playing the role of Charles), Christine Ebersole (in the role of Elvira), Jayne Atkinson (playing Ruth), Simon Jones and Deborah Rush (as Dr. and Mrs. Bradman), Susan Louise O'Connor (in the role of Edith) and Angela Lansbury (in the role of Madame Arcati). Ms. Lansbury has been performing on television, film and stage for over 50 years now.

As much as I enjoyed Blithe Spirit over 20 years ago, I would have to say that this production is every bit as entertaining as the last one. And this cast, let me tell you friends just how well they work together, never skipping a step in their performance for 2 and 1/2 hours. You'd be doing yourself a favor buying treating yourself to some tickets to see Blithe Spirit.

Right now I have uncovered a special discount for Blithe Spirit if you think you'd like to see the show. It is good for most performances through April 15, 2009. You can call the friendly ticket experts at Applause Theater Service at their New York City office at 212-307-7050 or toll free at 800-451-9930. And if your looking for a great restaurant, just ask. The Applause folks know lots of nice places to enjoy a meal before the show.

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Take care now.

Rich Gladstone
Applause Theater Service
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NY,NY 10036

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