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'A Catered Affair' is first musical of the season

October 22, 2013

A young couple wanting a no-fuss wedding must stave off a mom with big ideas in “A Catered Affair,” Stephens College’s first musical of the season.
The musical’s script is by Harvey Fierstein and is based on a teleplay by Paddy Chayefsky that was later adapted to the big screen by Gore Vidal. 
It follows the story of Tom Hurley, a New York City cab driver, and his wife, Aggie, who are still reeling from the loss of their beloved son in the Korean War. At rise, their daughter, Janey, announces to the grieving, working class family that she is engaged to Ralph Halloran, the son of a well-to-do real estate broker. Class and generational conflict soon follow, as dinner with the in-laws prompts Aggie to decide to turn the low-key wedding into a formal affair.
“It is a powerful and touching story with characters drawn with passion and compassion,” Director Lamby Hedge said.
“A Catered Affair” premiered on Broadway in the spring of 2008. In total, the production received three Tony Award nominations and 12 Drama Desk Award nominations, the most of any show from the 2007-08 season.
In the Stephens version, Graham Galloway, a senior BFA theatre student, is playing Janey, and Eddie Anderson, a Conservatory student is playing Ralph. Emma Mae Marston, also a senior in the BFA program, stars as Aggie opposite theatre professor Rob Doyen. Ed Hanson, guest artist and artistic director of Talking Horse Productions, will play Winton, Aggie’s brother.
In addition to great acting, local audiences can expect “beautiful chamber music with a complex, lush score,” Hedge said, adding that Stephens music instructor Cheryl Nichols is handling the musical direction.
The setting will also offer some “very special cutting edge technology to bring rich details to life,” she said.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26 at Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave. Visit the Stephens Performing Arts website for ticket information.

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