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To Be Or Not To Be Postpones First Preview, Opening Night

By New York City
Jan Maxwell
(© Joseph Marzullo/Retna)
Jan Maxwell
(© Joseph Marzullo/Retna)
The first preview of the upcoming 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 Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, has been postponed a second time, and will now begin performances September 16, with a new opening date of October 14. The show recently announced cast replacements in major roles: David Rasche has taken over the part of Josef Tura from Craig Bierko, and Peter Maloney replaced Brian Murray in the role of Dowasz.

The black comedy, directed by Casey Nicholaw, is set in 1939 Warsaw, and involves a theatrical troupe run by married couple Josef and Maria Tura, who end up facing desperate times, and are recruited to help catch a spy by a handsome young fighter pilot.

The cast will also feature Peter Benson, Robert Dorfman, Steve Kazee, Jan Maxwell, Michael McCarty, 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.

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