In advance of Classic Stage Company’s rare production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1947 musical Allegro, CSC’s artistic director Brian Kulick and Tony Award-winning director John Doyle lead a conversation on the legendary team’s most personal, groundbreaking and little-known work.
An ensemble musical, Allegro chronicles nearly four decades in the life of a mid-western country doctor, an everyman, from birth to mid-life self-discovery. The evening will also feature performances by members of the cast.
John Doyle, director
Brian Kulick, artistic director of Classic Stage Company
Ted Chapin, president and executive director of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company
George Abud, cast member
Claybourne Elder, cast member
Jane Pfitsch, cast member
Randy Redd, cast member
Can't make it to the event? Leave your questions for our guests below, and they might be used on stage during the Q&A. Keep an eye on 92Y On Demand after the event for any video clips we might share! You might see your question used on stage.
JOHN DOYLE (Director/Designer)—Mr. Doyle is Associate Director of Classic Stage Company where his credits include Passion. Theatre in the US includes: Sweeney Todd (Tony Award, Best Director of a Musical), Company (Tony Award, Best Musical Revival), A Catered Affair (Drama League Award, Best Musical Production), Ten Cents A Dance (Williamstown/McCarter), Road Show (Public Theater/Menier Chocolate Factory), Where’s Charley? and Irma La Douce (Encores!), Wings (Second Stage), Kiss Me Kate (Stratford), Caucasian Chalk Circle (ACT), Merrily We Roll Along and The Three Sisters (Cincinnati), The Visit (Williamstown). In the UK, Mr. Doyle has been artistic director of four regional theatres. Numerous credits include: The Gondoliers, Mack and Mabel (West End), The Color Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park), Oklahoma! (Chichester), Amadeus (Wilton’s Music Hall). Opera includes Madama Butterfly (Grange Park), Lucia Di Lammermoor (Houston/La Fenice/Sydney Opera House), Peter Grimes (Metropolitan Opera, New York), The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (LA Opera). He directed the feature film Main Street.
Back to Top
BRIAN KULICK (Artistic Director)—Currently in his twelfth year as Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company. Recent productions for CSC include Brecht’s A Man’s a Man, The Caucasian Chalk Circle with Christopher Lloyd and Galileo with F. Murray Abraham; Shakespeare’s The Tempest with Mandy Patinkin, Ostrovsky's The Forest with Dianne Wiest and Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Richard III with Michael Cumpsty. He commissioned and co-directed poet Anne Carson's award-winning An Oresteia, which was comprised of her translations of Aeschylus' Agamemnon, Sophocles' Electra and Euripides' Orestes.
From 1996-2001, Mr. Kulick was an Artistic Associate at The Public Theater, where he directed Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale and Timon of Athens at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, and also A Dybbuk, Pericles and Kit Marlowe at The Public's downtown home. Prior to this, Mr. Kulick was the Associate Artistic Director of Trinity Repertory Company where he directed Romeo and Juliet, The Illusion and Don Quixote. He has directed the premieres of works by Nilo Cruz, Charles Mee, Tony Kushner, Han Ong and Kathleen Tolan. His work has also been seen at New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, The Mark Taper Forum, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Magic Theatre, ACT Theatre (Seattle) and The McCarter Theatre. His work in opera/music theatre includes Carmen, Pelléas and Mélisande, A Soldier’s Tale, The Guilty Mother and The Anatole Cycle (all for Long Beach Opera).
Back to Top
TED CHAPIN (President and Executive Director of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company)—As president of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company for the past 30 years, Ted Chapin has spearheaded many Broadway productions during his tenure, the most recent of which is Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. In addition to managing the works of Rodgers and/or Hammerstein, the company has taken on the representation of other writers, ranging from Irving Berlin to Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Mr. Chapin’s career began as production or directorial assistant for the Broadway productions of Follies, The Rothschilds and The Unknown Soldier and His Wife, as well as Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at the Kennedy Center and Candide in San Francisco. Mr. Chapin has been a visiting lecturer at several universities and colleges, and his book, Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical “Follies,” was published in 2003; it won an ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award and a Special Jury Prize for Distinguished Achievement by the Theatre Library Association.
Mr. Chapin serves on several boards including the American Theatre Wing, where he was chair for four years, and New York City Center, where he was the originating chair of the Encores! Advisory Committee. He is currently a member of the Tony Administration and Management Committees.
Back to Top
GEORGE ABUD (Charlie Townsend)—Regional: Fiddler on the Roof (Human Race Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Geva Theatre Center), Man of La Mancha and Oliver Twist (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ). A recent winner of City Center Encores! Off-Center Sondheim Remix Challenge for his Middle-Eastern adaptation of “Children and Art,” which he performed live for Stephen Sondheim. B.F.A.: Wayne State University. His website is georgeabud.wix.com
Back to Top
CLAYBOURNE ELDER (Joseph Taylor, Jr.)—Broadway/NY: Bonnie and Clyde (Buck, also cast recording), Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show (Hollis, premier cast, also recording), Tennessee William’s One Arm (Ollie, Drama Desk Nom. Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play), Venice (Michael-Victor, also recording), Two by Two (Japheph, with Jason Alexander), Sondheim 80th Birthday Celebration (City Center).
Regional: Sunday in the Park with George (George, Signature Theatre), Take Flight (Lindbergh, McCarter Theater), Into the Woods (Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince, Kansas City Rep.). Developmental workshops: Post Office (Center Theatre Group), Giant (The Public Theatre), Mortality Play (Yale Repertory Theatre), Sounds Like Love (Lincoln Center). TV/Film: “The Carrie Diaries” (Pete O’Malley).
Back to Top
JANE PFITSCH (Emily)—Broadway: Cabaret (2014 revival), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Roundabout), Company (2007 revival). Off-Broadway and regional credits include: The Snow Queen (World Premiere at San Jose Rep), Educating Rita (The Huntington Theater Company, IRNE Nomination), Merrily We Roll Along (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Ten Cents A Dance (Williamstown Theatre Festival/McCarter Theater Center), The 39 Steps (New World Stages), Man of La Mancha and The Liar (The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ),Pumpgirl (MTC), Barefoot in the Park (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Mrs. Warren's Profession (The Alley Theatre). Film/TV: 27 Dresses, “Elementary,” “All My Children.” Studied at the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. Program.
Back to Top
RANDY REDD (Dr. Bigby Denby)—Broadway: Million Dollar Quartet, Ring of Fire, Parade. Other New York credits include: Pump Boys & Dinettes (City Center Encores!), Randy Newman’s Faust (City Center Encores!), The Burnt Part Boys (Playwrights Horizons), Some Men (Second Stage), Lucky Stiff (York Theatre), Smoke on the Mountain (Lamb’s Theatre). Regional credits include By Jeeves (Kennedy Center), Mississippi Sugar—writer & cast member (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). Film/TV credits: The Last 5 Years, Beautiful Creatures, After the Storm, Kinsey, The Wright Verdicts. Recording credits: ShowFolk with Rachel Bay Jones; Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes with Jason Robert Brown; original cast recordings of The Burnt Part Boys, Ring of Fire, Parade; Lucky Stiff, NEO.
Back to Top
Details & Ordering
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro: Conversation and Performance
Date: Wed, Oct 22, 2014, 8:15 pm
Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St
Venue: Buttenwieser Hall
Price: from $39.00
If you have any questions, need assistance with your order or require special seating considerations, such as wheelchair accessible seating or hearing assistance, please call Customer Service at 212.415.5500 during our Hours of Operation.
If you prefer, you can order your tickets and class enrollments by calling Customer Service at 212.415.5500 during our Hours of Operation, using Visa, MasterCard or American Express. You can also place your order by fax, by mail, or in person at our Box Office on Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street.
Have a group?
Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount. Please note that certain events may not qualify for a group rate. To make group arrangements or need further assistance, you may contact Customer Service at 212.415.5500 during our Hours of Operation.
About 92Y YourStage
92Y YourStage provides a venue for independent curators, performers, and educators to mount a professional production. Yourstage events are confirmed once they meet a threshold for ticket sales by a certain date.
YourStage events that are ON have been confirmed; PENDING events need to generate more ticket sales; If an event fails to generate enough ticket sales, the event will be CALLED OFF, and all ticket holders will be refunded.
Get to the front of the line!
Priority registration puts you at the front of the line to register for courses and events for an upcoming semester.
Eligible patrons will be able to order priority registration online.
Who is eligible for priority registration?
Individuals who have participated in 92nd Street Y programs over the past year in selected program areas, participants in certain memberships, and those who have made contributions of $500 or more to 92Y, are eligible to register for programs before they become available to the general public.
How do I know if I qualify?
Patrons that qualify for Priority Registration will receive packets in the mail explaining how to purchase online. Priority registration is normally mailed 2-3 weeks before a catalog is available. Registration information includes your Patron ID#. You can use this ID# to setup your login information online. This will allow you to register early for a course or event. Please note: if you receive a packet, you are only eligible to priority register for the programs covered in your packet.
Priority Registration Support
To find out if you are eligible for priority registration, don't have your Patron ID#, or having difficulty ordering online, please call 212.415.5500 or email.