LCT's Nikolai and The Others Will Star Blair Brown, Michael Cerveris, John Glover, Stephen Kunken and More
By Andrew Gans
Initial casting has been announced for Lincoln Center Theater's upcoming production of Richard Nelson's Nikolai and The Others, which will begin previews April 4 at Off-Broadway's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.
Directed by David Cromer, the production will officially open May 6.
The cast will be headed by Betsy Aidem, Blair Brown, Michael Cerveris, Anthony Cochrane, Lauren Culpepper, Alvin Epstein, Kathryn Erbe, John Glover, Jennifer B. Grace, Katie Kreisler, Stephen Kunken, Haviland Morris, Dale Place, John Procaccino, Gareth Saxe and Alan Schmuckler. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
"It’s 1948 and during a spring weekend in Westport, CT a close-knit group of Russian emigres, including choreographer George Balanchine (to be played by Michael Cerveris), composer Igor Stravinsky (John Glover), conductor Serge Koussevitsky (Dale Place), painter/set designer Sergey Sudeikin (Alvin Epstein) and composer Nikolai Nabokov (Stephen Kunken), gather to eat, drink and talk," according to press notes. In the play Richard Nelson "reimagines, during the course of this weekend, the creation of Balanchine and Stravinsky’s historic collaboration, the ballet Orpheus, and explores the interesting and controversial ways American art was funded at the outset of the Cold War."
Interspersed throughout the action of the play will be moments of Balanchine’s original Orpheus choreography.
The upcoming production will have sets by Marsha Ginsberg, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting by Ken Billington, sound by Daniel Kluger, choreography by George Balanchine and ballet staging by Rosemary Dunleavy. Jeff Edwards is ballet master.
Richard Nelson’s plays include Some Americans Abroad and Two Shakespearean Actors (both plays produced by Lincoln Center Theater, the latter receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Play), The General From America, Franny’s Way, Madame Melville, Goodnight Children Everywhere, New England, Life Sentences, Principia Scriptoriae, The Vienna Notes and Conjuring An Event. He wrote the book and lyrics and directed the musical My Life with Albertine, wrote the book for the musical Chess, and wrote the book, conceived and adapted the lyrics and directed the musical The Dead, winning a Tony Award for his book.
Tickets, priced $75-$85, will go on sale beginning March 10 at the Lincoln Center Theater box office, at telecharge.com or by visiting www.lct.org. A limited number of tickets priced at $30 will be available at every performance through LincTix, LCT’s new program for 21 to 35 year olds. For information and to enroll, visit LincTix.org.
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