Craig Bierko
(© Joseph Marzullo/Retna)
Craig Bierko
(© Joseph Marzullo/Retna)
Full casting has been announced for the world premiere comedy To Be Or Not To Be, written by Nick Whitby, based on the film of the same name, to play Manhattan Theater Club's Biltmore Theatre (soon to be renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre), beginning September 11. The production, which will open officially on October 2, will be directed by Casey Nicholaw.

The black comedy is set in 1939 Warsaw, and involves a theatrical troupe run by married couple Joseph and Maria Tura (played by Craig Bierko and Jan Maxwell), who end up facing desperate times, and are recruited to help catch a spy by a handsome young fighter pilot.

The supporting cast will feature Peter Benson, Robert Dorfman, Steve Kazee, Michael McCarty, Brian Murray, Kristine Nielsen, Brandon Perler, Rocco Sisto, Jimmy Smagula, and Marina Squerciati. The creative team will feature Anna Louizos (sets), Gregg Barnes (costumes), Howell Binkley (lighting), Darron L. West (sound), and Wendall and Zak (projections).

Nicholaw directed and choreographed The Drowsy Chaperone and did the choreography for Monty Python's Spamalot, all of which earned him Tony Award nominations.

For more information, visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.