MasterVoices | Orchestra of St. Lukes | Ted Sperling, Conductor
In 1941, the groundbreaking psychological thriller Lady in the Dark helped usher in a new era of innovation in musical theater thanks to its spectacular creative team of Gershwin, Hart, and Weill. Now MasterVoices, with choreographer Doug Varone and a team of top designers from the theater and dance worlds, will bring this seminal piece of theater history lavishly to life once more. MasterVoices has enlisted the curatorial help of Vogue international editor-at-large Hamish Bowles to identify designers to collaborate on the costumes. Tony® Award winner Victoria Clark stars as Liza, a successful magazine editor wrestling with her inner demons and desires. Not seen in New York since City Center’s inaugural Encores! season in 1994, this physically expressive concert staging will be presented as part of New York City Center’s 75th Anniversary Season.
MasterVoices has performed many of Kurt Weill’s lesser-known works, including The Firebrand of Florence, Knickerbocker Holiday and The Road of Promise. Lady in the Dark will feature the 130 singers of MasterVoices, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Doug Varone and Dancers and a cast of Broadway, television and movie stars. This presentation will be, in its own way, as lush and extravagant as the original production of 1941. Mr. Sperling added, “Lady in the Dark is a piece I have loved since discovering it 35 years ago. I had the pleasure of directing a full production at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia in 2001, and now am finally able to bring this neglected masterpiece back to New York, directing my great college friend, Victoria Clark…. It’s a dream come true.”
Tickets for Lady in the Dark are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at NYCityCenter.org, by calling CityTix at 212.581.1212, or in person at the City Center Box Office at 131 W. 55th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues).
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Book by Moss Hart
Script Adaptation by Christopher Hart and Kim Kowalke
Directed and Conducted by Ted Sperling
Choreography by Doug Varone
Scenic Design by Doug Fitch
Lighting Design by Jim F. Ingalls
Sound Design by Scott Lehrer
Production Manager – John Finen
Costume Designer – Tracy Christensen
Costume Consultant Assistant -Brooke Henderson
This performance is funded in part by:
Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., New York, NY, National Endowment for the Arts, Frank and Mary Skillern, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation, Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trusts, and Nancy Dale Becker.
Victoria Clark maintains a remarkable career as actor, teacher, and director. She has co-starred in twelve Broadway shows, and countless off-Broadway and regional productions. Victoria received the 2005 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her luminous portrayal of Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza, and received three additional Tony nominations for her work in Sister Act, Cinderella, and Gigi.
Clark has directed the Conor McPherson drama, The Dance of Death which is currently being presented at the Classic Stage Company theater. Prior to that she directed the world premiere of Scaffolding for “Inner Voices”. In 2016, she directed Newton’s Cradle (New York Musical Theater Festival, Best Musical & Best Director), The Trouble With Doug (Fredericia Theater in Denmark), Hansel and Gretl and Heidi and Günther (Village Theater Festival of New Musicals), Mary Jo Shen’s Paper Piano. She has also directed for the Philadelphia Opera Theater, Texas Opera Theater, Chautauqua Opera and the 92nd Street Y. She recently directed the short film For Me & My Gal for NikoFrank Productions.
She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Kurt Weill Foundation and New York City Center. She resides in Manhattan with her husband Tom Reidy, and their Golden Retriever, Ollie.
Award-winning choreographer and director Doug Varone works in dance, theatre, opera, film, and fashion. He is a passionate educator and articulate advocate for dance. His work is known for its emotional range, kinetic breadth and the diversity of genres in which he works. His New York City-based Doug Varone and Dancers has been commissioned and presented to critical acclaim by leading international venues for three decades. In the concert dance world, Varone has created a body of works globally. Commissions include the Limón Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Rambert Dance Company (London), Martha Graham Dance Company, Dancemakers (Canada), Batsheva Dance Company (Israel), Bern Ballet (Switzerland) and An Creative (Japan), among others. In addition, his dances have been staged on more than 75 college and university programs around the country. Varone teaches workshops and master classes around the world for dancers, musicians and actors. He is currently on the faculty at Purchase College, teaching composition and choreography.