October 30 – November 18, 2018 Book & Lyrics by Peter Kellogg | Music by Stephen Weiner | Directed by Eric Tucker
The Rivals, the famously funny farce with Mrs. Malaprop, is now a hilarious new musical. Be the first audience to experience this Broadway-bound, world premiere with book and lyrics by two-time Tony nominee, Peter Kellogg, and music by two-time Richard Rodgers Award-winner, Stephen Weiner.
Featuring glorious music and witty repartee, The Rivals follows the travails of Lydia Languish, a young lady in possession of a large fortune, who will lose two-thirds of that fortune if she marries without her guardian, Mrs. Malaprop’s consent. But, who needs money when you’re in love? As Mrs. Malaprop would say, “It’s a musical to delight the heart and tackle the funny bone.”
Watch the teaser for The Rivals!
Rehearsals began in New York City on October 8th.
Meet the Cast
Ed Dixon (Sir Anthony Absolute) won the 2017 Drama Desk award for Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose, which he wrote and in which he starred. Ed has been featured on Broadway in Anything Goes, Mary Poppins, Sunday in the Park with George, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, The Iceman Cometh, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Les Misérables, Cyrano, The Three Musketeers, King of Schnorrers, No, No, Nanette, and Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. Ed is the author/composer of Shylock (Drama Desk Nomination), Cather County (Leon Rabin Award), Richard Cory (NYMF Festival and Audience Prize), Fanny Hill (Drama Desk Nomination), Whodunit…The Musical, Cloak and Dagger, and the highly successful book, Secrets of a Life On Stage…And Off.
Chris Dwan (Squire Bob Acres) Broadway/Off-Broadway: Finding Neverland (OBC), The Old Boy (Keen Company) Regional: Last Days of Summer (KCRep), Big Fish (Theatre Raleigh) How To Succeed… (TUTS), The Honeymooners (Paper Mill Playhouse), Harmony, a new musical (CTG, Ahmanson/Alliance Theater), Lord of the Flies (Barrington Stage) Television/Film: Royal Pains (USA) One Bad Choice (MTV) Chris stars as Trey in the hit web-series The Queens Project and is a founding member of the singing group RANGE a cappella. Proud graduate of Syracuse University.
John Treacy Egan (Sir Lucius McTrigger) Broadway: My Fair Lady, Casa Valentina, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Sister Act, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Producers, Jekyll and Hyde, Bye Bye Birdie. Off-Broadway: Clinton, Disaster, When Pigs Fly!, and Batboy. Television/Film: Gotham, Younger, The Good Wife, The Knick, Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie, 30 Rock, Cupid, Law & Order, Last Night, and The Producers. CDs: Count the Stars and On Christmas Morning.
Harriet Harris (Mrs. Malaprop) Broadway: It Shoulda Been You, Cinderella, Cry-Baby, Old Acquaintance, Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002 Tony and Drama Desk Awards), The Man Who Came to Dinner. Off-Broadway: Me and My Girl (City Center Encores), The Low Road, The Roads to Home, Standing On Ceremony, Yeast Nation, Little Me (City Center Encores), Jeffrey (Drama Desk nomination), Bella, Belle of Byelorussia (Drama Desk nomination). Film: Phantom Thread, Love is Strange, Memento, Nurse Betty, Addams Family Values. Television: Felicia Tillman on Desperate Housewives, Bebe Glazer on Frasier. Instagram & Twitter @msharrietharris
Erin Mackey (Lydia Languish) Broadway: In Transit, Amazing Grace, Chaplin, Anything Goes, Sondheim on Sondheim, Wicked. Off Broadway/Regional: Sweeney Todd (Lincoln Center/NY Philharmonic, also aired on PBS), South Pacific and Sunday in the Park with George (Guthrie), Lady Be Good (Encores!), Light in the Piazza (South Coast Repertory), South Pacific and Annie (Paper Mill Playhouse), Phantom (PCLO). Film/TV: The Intern, Blue Bloods, Gossip Girl, The Parent Trap.
Charlotte Maltby (Julia Melville) National Tours: The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony-winner, Jack O’Brien (Maria Von Trapp). Off-Broadway: Starting Here Starting Now (York Theatre), ICON (The Duke Theatre). Regional: Pittsburgh CLO, The Muny, Theater Under the Stars, Cincinnati Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, The New Theater, La Mirada Theater. Film: Ithaca (Dir. Meg Ryan), AWOL, The Last Five Years (Dir. Richard Lagravenese), The Deserters, People People, Work It, Honey. Television: Aquarius (Dir. David Duchovny/NBC). Charlotte has performed with the Houston and Omaha Symphony Orchestras. @cmalts
Kevin Massey (Captain Jack Absolute/Ensign Beverly) Broadway: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Monty Navarro u/s), Memphis (Huey u/s), Tarzan (OBC, Tarzan u/s), Deaf West’s Big River (Revival OBC, swing), Antony & Cleopatra (Eros, New York City Opera at Carnegie Hall). Off-Broadway: Bella: An American Tall Tale (Bonny Johnny Rakehell/Snaggletooth). Tours: Gentleman’s Guide… (originated Monty Navarro, 1st National), Little House on the Prairie (originated Almanzo Wilder, 1st National, Paper Mill Playhouse, Guthrie Theater). Europe: Tarzan (Tarzan, Hamburg), Grease! (Doody, tour). Regional: Grumpy Old Men: The Musical (originated Jacob Goldman, Ogunquit Playhouse), Titanic (Harold Bride, PCLO), The Full Monty (Malcolm, PCLO), Bonnie & Clyde (Ted, Asolo Rep), The Three Musketeers (originated D’Artagnan, Chicago Shakespeare), Pippin (Pippin, Utah Shakespeare Festival & Kansas City Rep), Les Miserables (Marius, Skylight Music Theater), Footloose (Willard, MUNY).
Emma Stratton (Lucy) Broadway: Prince of Broadway (Understudy Woman 1, 2, and 3). National Tours: Bullets Over Broadway (Helen Sinclair), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney). Select regional credits include: Gypsy (Louise), Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett) and Kiss Me, Kate! (Kate/Lilli). All my love to my family, Nicolosi, and HD.
Joe Veale (Thomas) is co-founder of The Nerve Project Theatre in NYC, and worked extensively regionally before moving to the city as a member of the Resident Acting Company at the Historic Barter Theatre. Favorite credits include: Peter and the Starcatcher (Boy/Peter), Altar Boys (Abe), 42nd Street (Billy), Footloose (Ren), and The Three Musketeers (D’artagnan). Follow Joe @therealjoeveale on FB and Instagram for updates. Much love to my family!
Jim Weitzer (Faulkland) Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera (André for its 25th Anniversary, and Raoul), Little Women (John Brooke, orig. cast), Jerry Springer-The Opera and Showboat at Carnegie Hall. Regional: Cabaret (Cliff, Drury Lane Oakbrook), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker, Kansas City Starlight), Forever Plaid, All Night Strut and Steve Weiner’s Once Upon a Time in New Jersey, all at Marriott Theatre.
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