Leap of Faith (musical)
Leap of Faith is a stage musical based on the 1992 American movie of the same name, which starred Steve Martin. The music is by Alan Menken, with lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Janus Cercone and Slater about a con man posing as a man of faith, redeemed by the love of a good woman; the musical premiered in September 2010 in Los Angeles for a limited run through October and choreographed by Rob Ashford. The musical opened on Broadway in April 2012. A workshop was held in May 2008, with Taylor Hackford directing; the cast included Raul Esparza as Elizabeth Stanley as Marla McGowan. At the time, producer Tom Viertel said:"As with any productive workshop of a new musical, we learned a lot about'Leap of Faith' last month, including what works well and what needs work, but we have no plans and have made no decisions to alter the creative team in any way whatsoever."Another workshop was held in New York in early 2010, with Sutton Foster and a new director, Rob Ashford. Leap of Faith, with Rob Ashford as director and choreographer, made its world premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
Previews commenced on September 11, 2010, opening night was on October 3, with the run ending October 24. The show opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre in previews on April 3, 2012 on April 26. Raul Esparza, Jessica Phillips and Kendra Kassebaum played the lead roles, with direction by Christopher Ashley and choreography by Sergio Trujillo; the book was revised by Warren Leight. Menken discussed the style of the songs: "Menken told Playbill.com that his score is flavored with the sounds of gospel and American roots music."The production closed on May 13, 2012 after 24 previews and 20 performances. It was reported. Note: Based on the Broadway productionA con artist, the "Reverend" Jonas Nightingale, travels with his ministry, but his bus breaks down in a small Kansas town; the some-time reverend invites the townspeople to a revival. However, the sheriff, a woman named Marla McGowan, is determined to stop Jonas from taking the people's money. Jonas is challenged, her love forces the cynical Reverend to come to terms with his life.
Los AngelesThe Backstage reviewer wrote: "Though the overlong show improves marginally during the home stretch, its story and themes never cohere, the derivative, gospel-driven Alan Menken-Glenn Slater score is disappointing. By inserting superfluous Agnes de Mille-style ballet segments, as if this were a modern-day Rodgers-and-Hammerstein opus, pumping up the volume and the histrionics, it's clear Menken, director-choreographer Rob Ashford, co-librettists Slater and Janus Cercone envisioned this adaptation as more of an artsy prestige musical than a sentimental bromide for "The Sound of Music" crowd... Esparza has a dynamic singing voice and is a formidable presence, but his Mephistophelean con man seems a shade too smarmy for us to buy into his eventual redemption; the performer sometimes indulges in a mush-mouthed Brando broodiness that seems inappropriate here. Shields sings sweetly if not spectacularly and provides a welcome note of calmness amid the boisterous goings-on."The Los Angeles Times reviewer wrote: "...much of the score is derivative, the dancing seems like ballet school parody, Shields' singing defensively retreats to the safest possible key and the closing moments are pure sentimental hokum.
But there's a fascinating character in the middle of it all, a performance by Esparza that digs deep into questions of faith and mystery. The show needs another overhaul, but it's easy to see why the creators have persisted for so long with this project: There's something uniquely compelling in the source material. I hope the collaborators press on, they can begin with some radical pruning." BroadwayBen Brantley, in his review for The New York Times, wrote: "'Leap of Faith' is this season’s black hole of musical comedy, sucking the energy out of anyone who gets near it... Jonas... is a figure with a long and nobly ignoble ancestry in the theater, the irresistible charlatan. He’s a type whose existence depends on his ability to charm a crowd, to whip up emotions, to make us suspend disbelief, he is, in other words, showbiz incarnate... Mr. Esparza would seem to be a natural for such a part... Yet here Mr. Esparza seems to keep a chilly distance from his character, you realize the degree to which self-consciousness has always been a part of his performances...
But'Faith' recycles its clichés without a shred of true conviction. Its jokes, its romantic scenes, its dance numbers, its interchangeable songs by Mr. Menken... all feel as if they had been pasted into place the night before." Official website for Leap of Faith on Broadway Internet Broadway Database Leap of Faith at the Music Theatre International website
Curtains is a musical mystery comedy with a book by Rupert Holmes, lyrics by Fred Ebb, music by John Kander, with additional lyrics by Kander and Holmes. Based on the original book and concept of the same name by Peter Stone, the musical is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots, set in 1959 Boston and follows the fallout when Jessica Cranshaw, the supremely untalented star of Robbin' Hood of the Old West is murdered during her opening night curtain call, it is up to Lt. Frank Cioffi, a police detective who moonlights as a musical theater fan to save the show, solve the case, maybe find love before the show reopens, without getting killed himself. Cioffi dreams of being in musical theater; the show opened on Broadway to mixed reviews, though several critics praised the libretto and the character of Lieutenant Cioffi, who critic Ben Brantley called "the best damn musical theatre character since Mama Rose in'Gypsy', the best role of David Hyde Pierce's career." Stone died in April 2003, leaving the book unfinished, Holmes was hired to rewrite it.
Ebb died before the musical was completed. Curtains had its world premiere on July 2006 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Local reviews were mixed but not discouraging, the producers decided to transfer the show to Broadway with minor alterations; the production, directed by Scott Ellis and choreographed by Rob Ashford, opened on Broadway on March 22, 2007 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The cast included David Hyde Pierce, Debra Monk, Karen Ziemba, Edward Hibbert, Jason Danieley, Noah Racey, Jill Paice, Megan Sikora, Michael X. Martin, Michael McCormick, John Bolton reprising the roles they played in Los Angeles, as well as new cast member Ernie Sabella; the musical garnered eight Tony Award nominations, with Hyde Pierce winning the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Curtains closed on June 2008 after 511 performances and twenty-three previews; the musical received mixed reviews on Broadway, with Ben Brantley writing in The New York Times: "David Hyde Pierce...steps into full-fledged Broadway stardom with his performance here...
This switching of creative horses accounts for the enervation that seems to underlie the lavish expenditure of energy by a top-of-the line cast that includes Debra Monk, Karen Ziemba and Jason Danieley. Brightly packaged, with Kiss Me, Kate-style sets by Anna Louizos and costumes to match by the industrious William Ivey Long, Curtains lies on the stage like a promisingly gaudy string of firecrackers, waiting in vain for that vital, necessary spark to set it off."Clive Barnes wrote in the New York Post: "Part of the trouble was director Scott Ellis' failure to italicize sufficiently the inside comedy, but there wasn't much he could do. The choreography by Rob Ashford was unnoticeable, the scenery by Anna Louizos uninterestingly ugly, while William Ivey Long unwisely saved his best and funniest costumes for the curtain calls. Through all this farrago, Hyde Pierce moved with unshatterable aplomb - taking the comic concept of a tough plainclothes detective as a musical comedy queen, running with it just as far, a bit beyond, as the material could take it.
It is 1959 at the Colonial Theatre in Boston, where a new musical called "Robbin' Hood!", a western version of Robin Hood, is reaching its conclusion. Madame Marian, played by faded film star diva Jessica Cranshaw, looks on as Robin Hood played by Bobby Pepper, wins the sharp-shooting contest and proposes to Miss Nancy, the schoolmarm, played by Niki Harris; the cast sings the finale of the show, during which it is clear that Jessica can neither sing, nor act. She takes her bow and, after receiving two bouquets, collapses behind the curtain; that night, Carmen Bernstein, a hard-bitten lady co-producer, divorced songwriting team Aaron Fox and Georgia Hendricks, the show's financial backer, Oscar Shapiro, read the reviews, most of which are terrible the Boston Globe's, the review they needed. No one believes; the show's flamboyant British director, Christopher Belling, saying that he had an epiphany after walking into a church. Just stage manager Johnny tells Carmen that there is a phone call for her.
Carmen suspects. Meanwhile and Aaron get into an argument about why Georgia joined the show. Aaron claims that she only wanted to rekindle a romance with choreographer Bobby, the actor playing Rob Hood and Georgia's ex-boyfriend. Everyone is pessimistic, she does so spectacularly, it is clear that she is thinking about her failed marriage with Aaron. Aaron begins to sing with her, but Bobby cuts him off and they finish the number together.. Belling announces his plan: they are going to replace Jessica. Niki Harris, the schoolmarm and Jessica's understudy, steps forward and says she would feel terrible taking over, but Belling goes on to say that he is casting Georgia as Madame Marian. Bambi, the show's featured dancer, steps forward and says that Niki should get the role, but Belling sees right through her: Bambi is Niki's understudy, meaning if Niki got the lead, she'd get to play Miss Nancy. Georgia is cast, in spite of Aaron's disapproval. Carmen enters and tells everyone that it was the hospital that had called.
Jessica Cranshaw is dead. The cast performs a mock funeral, it is clear that no one is sorry to see their leading lady gone. Lt. Frank Cioffi of the Boston Police Department arrives to announce that he had seen
Flower Drum Song
Flower Drum Song was the eighth musical by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based on The Flower Drum Song, by Chinese-American author C. Y. Lee, it premiered on Broadway in 1958 and was performed in the West End and on tour. It was adapted for a 1961 musical film. After their extraordinary early successes, beginning with Oklahoma! in 1943, Rodgers and Hammerstein had written two musicals in the 1950s that did not do well and sought a new hit to revive their fortunes. Lee's novel focuses on a father, Wang Chi-yang, a wealthy refugee from China, who clings to traditional values in San Francisco's Chinatown. Rodgers and Hammerstein shifted the focus of the musical to his son, Wang Ta, torn between his Chinese roots and assimilation into American culture; the team hired Gene Kelly to make his debut as a stage director with the musical and scoured the country for a suitable Asian – or at least, plausibly Asian-looking – cast. The musical, much lighter-hearted than Lee's novel, was profitable on Broadway and was followed by a national tour.
After the release of the 1961 film version, the musical was produced, as it presented casting issues and fears that Asian-Americans would take offense at how they are portrayed. When it was put on the stage and songs that might be offensive were cut; the piece did not return to Broadway until 2002, when a version with a plot by playwright David Henry Hwang was presented after a successful Los Angeles run. Hwang's story retains the Chinatown setting and the inter-generational and immigrant themes, emphasizes the romantic relationships, it received poor reviews in New York and closed after six months but had a short tour and has since been produced regionally. C. Y. Lee fled war-torn China in the 1940s and came to the United States, where he attended Yale University's playwriting program, graduating in 1947 with an M. F. A. Degree. By the 1950s, he was making a living writing short stories and working as a Chinese teacher and journalist for San Francisco Chinatown newspapers, he had hoped to break into playwriting, but instead wrote a novel about Chinatown, The Flower Drum Song.
Lee had no success selling his novel, but his agent submitted it to the publishing house of Farrar and Cudahy. The firm sent the manuscript to an elderly reader for evaluation; the reader was found dead in bed, the manuscript beside him with the words "Read this" scrawled on it. The publishing house did, bought Lee's novel, which became a bestseller in 1957. Lee's novel centers on a 63-year-old man who fled China to avoid the communists; the wealthy refugee lives in a house in Chinatown with his two sons. His sister-in-law, Madam Tang, who takes citizenship classes, is a regular visitor and urges Wang to adopt Western ways. While his sons and sister-in-law are integrating into American culture, Wang stubbornly resists assimilation and speaks only two words of English, "Yes" and "No". Wang has a severe cough, which he does not wish to have cured, feeling that it gives him authority in his household. Wang's elder son, Wang Ta, woos Linda Tung, but on learning that she has many men in her life, drops her.
Linda's friend, seamstress Helen Chao, unable to find a man despite the shortage of eligible women in Chinatown, gets Ta drunk and seduces him. On awakening in her bed, he agrees to an affair, but abandons her, she commits suicide. Impatient at Ta's inability to find a wife, Wang arranges for a picture bride for his son. However, before the picture bride arrives, Ta meets a young woman, May Li, who with her father has come to San Francisco; the two support themselves by singing depressing flower drum songs on the street. Ta invites the two into the Wang household, with his father's approval, he and May Li fall in love, he vows to marry her after she is falsely accused by the household servants of stealing a clock, though his father forbids it. Wang struggles to understand the conflicts. In the end, taking his son's advice, Wang decides not to go to the herbalist to seek a remedy for his cough, but walks to a Chinese-run Western clinic, symbolizing that he is beginning to accept American culture.
Rodgers and Hammerstein, despite extraordinary early successes, such as Oklahoma!, Carousel and South Pacific, had suffered back-to-back Broadway flops in the mid-1950s with Me and Juliet and Pipe Dream. While Oklahoma! had broken new ground in 1943, any new project in the late 1950s would have to compete with modern musicals and techniques, like the brutal realism in West Side Story, with other Broadway musical hits such as The Music Man, My Fair Lady and The Pajama Game. Rodgers and Hammerstein had made it their rule to begin work on their next musical as soon as the last opened on Broadway, but by the start of 1957, six months after Pipe Dream closed, the pair had no new stage musical in prospect, they had, been working since 1956 on the popular television version of Cinderella, broadcast on CBS on March 31, 1957. Rodgers was still recovering from an operation for cancer in a tooth socket, he was drinking and suffering from depression. In June 1957, Rodgers checked himself into Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic, he remained there for twelve weeks.
According to his daughters and Linda, this did not put a stop to his drinking. Hammerstein, was in Los Angeles at the filming of South Pacific. While at the commissary, he met longtime friend, Joe Fields, who mentioned that he was negotiating for the rights to The Flower
2015 Ovation Awards
The nominees for the 2015 Ovation Awards aka the 26th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards were announced on September 24, 2015 by the Los Angeles Stage Alliance. The list of nominations was published on their online magazine, @ This Stage; the awards were presented for excellence in stage productions in the Los Angeles area from September, 2014 to August, 2015 based upon evaluations from 240 members of the Los Angeles theater community. The Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theater awards in Los Angeles; the winners were announced on November 9, 2015 in a ceremony at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was hosted by actors Vanessa Claire French Stewart. Winners are highlighted in boldface. Ovation Honors recognize outstanding achievement in areas that are not among the standard list of nomination categories. Composition for a Play – Mat Sweeney & Ellen Warkentine – The Temptation of St. Antony – Four Larks Fight Choreography – Mike Mahaffey – She Kills Monsters – Loft Ensemble Puppet Design – Ted Blegen – She Kills Monsters – Loft Ensemble
13 is an original musical with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn. Following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples with his parents' divorce, prepares for his impending Bar Mitzvah, navigates the complicated social circles of a new school. 13 is the only Broadway musical with a cast and band made of teenagers. It began previews on September 16, 2008 and opened on October 5, 2008 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre; the Broadway production closed on January 2009 after a total of 105 performances. The show was directed by Jeremy Sams and starred Graham Phillips as Evan Goldman and Allie Trimm as Patrice, it starred Corey Snide as Evan on the matinee performances, Aaron Simon Gross as Archie Walker, Eric Nelsen as Brett Samson, Delaney Moro as Kendra. The 2008 Broadway production is notable for being the professional debuts of Ariana Grande and Elizabeth Gillies who would go on to star together in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious.
Twelve-year-old New Yorker Evan Goldman is soon to have his Bar Mitzvah, he wants his party to be amazing, but that might not happen because his parents are splitting up as his father starts to fall in love with a stewardess, which causes his mother to file a divorce against her husband. Just as Evan thinks that maybe things will be fine, his mother calls to tell him that they are moving to Appleton, Indiana. Once there, Evan finds a friend in his neighbor, who develops a small crush on Evan while telling him how Appleton, Indiana is; that month, Evan meets Brett Sampson, the most popular kid in school with his goons Malcolm and Eddie, tells Brett and his friends to take Kendra, a pretty girl whom Brett wants to date, to a scary movie where Brett can do "The Tongue". Brett nicknames Evan "Brain" because of his idea. Brett asks out Kendra, but Lucy, her jealous friend who has a crush on Brett, tries to tell Kendra she can't go; when Brett tells Evan that the idea seems to have worked, Evan is thrilled.
Patrice, however, is displeased. If she goes to the Bar Mitzvah, nobody else will go because all of the others hate her and Evan will be viewed as hanging out with a geek and "uncool". Evan does not think that it will be that bad, but when he hands out the invitations, he sees that Patrice is right, in a moment of panic, he rips up her invitation so that the popular kids will come; as the other kids express their excitement over Evan's party, Archie introduces himself. He is upset at Evan for humiliating Patrice – his best and only friend – but promises to help to make it up to her if Evan gets him a date with Kendra; when Archie’s attempts to use his degenerative illness to guilt Evan into getting him the date do not work, Archie tries to convince him that Evan is the only one who can get Archie the date and if he doesn't, Archie will show up to Evan's Bar Mitzvah and ruin it. Evan relents. At cheerleading practice, Kendra teaches a new cheer while Lucy resolves to make Brett her boyfriend. Archie tries to talk Patrice into giving Evan a second chance since she has a crush on him, but she has lost faith in him and is still upset at what he did to her.
In class, Brett tells Evan to get his mother to buy them all tickets to "The Bloodmaster". Evan protests that his mother will not buy them tickets to an R-rated movie, but Brett points out that if she does not, nobody will go to his Bar Mitzvah and Evan will be the uncool one. Evan cycles through possible plans realizing that he will have Archie use his illness to guilt Evan's mother. To make things better with Patrice, Evan asks her to go to the movie with him as a date, he realizes that he "just set Brett and Archie up to be on dates with the same girl, on the same night, in the same place...." Evan makes Archie promise to do nothing more than sit next to Kendra so as not to screw up Brett's date. Archie agrees, everyone prepares for Friday night. Everyone gets to the movie, Brett prepares for "The Tongue", Lucy is on "Tongue Patrol", Kendra waits for it along with Brett's goons and Malcolm, but amidst it all, Patrice is upset because Evan is not sitting with her; when Archie gets there, he pokes Brett with a crutch, panic ensues: Archie squeezes his face, closes his eyes, goes in to kiss Kendra, while Brett at the same time, turns his head, sticks out his tongue, goes in for the kiss.
Evan sees, as he mouths'Nooooo!', reaches to pull Kendra back, while Lucy reaches for Kendra, but only so she can stop Kendra from getting the tongue. When Brett and Archie don't realize that Kendra is out of their way, their mouths meet. Kendra knees Brett in the crotch, trying to stop him from hurting Evan or Archie, after Archie reveals how Evan set him up on a date with Kendra. Brett breaks up with Kendra, Lucy asks if Brett's "tongue is still available." Meanwhile, Evan is left alone by Patrice. As Lucy and Brett begin dating, she forces him to spend more time with her. Brett's friends recognize that Lucy for them at all. Evan promises to help to get Brett and Kendra back together so that he can get back on everyone’s good side. Archie, begs Patrice to help Evan, she tells Archie she is not going. When Patrice gets there, she surprises E
Children of a Lesser God (play)
Children of a Lesser God is a play by Mark Medoff, focusing on the conflicted professional and romantic relationship between Sarah Norman, a deaf former student, her teacher, James Leeds. The play, which premiered at the Mark Taper Forum, was produced on Broadway in 1980 and in the West End in 1981; the play won the 1980 Tony Award for Best Play. The play was specially written for the deaf actress Phyllis Frelich, based to some extent on her relationship with her husband Robert Steinberg, it was developed from workshops and showcased at New Mexico State University, with Frelich and Steinberg in the lead roles. It was seen by Gordon Davidson, Director of the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, who insisted that the male role needed to be played by a more experienced professional actor; the title comes from Tennyson: "For why is all around us here / As if some lesser god had made the world". Following a successful run at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, the Broadway production, directed by Gordon Davidson, opened on March 30, 1980 at the Longacre Theatre, where it ran for 887 performances.
The cast included Phyllis Frelich as John Rubinstein as James. David Ackroyd replaced Rubinstein. Deaf actress Elizabeth Quinn replaced Frelich, Linda Bove, another Deaf actress, best known to television audiences for her more-than-30-year-long run on Sesame Street, had a successful turn in the role as well. In 1981, the West End production ran at the Mermaid Theatre at the Albery Theatre, garnering three Olivier Awards; the production starred Elizabeth Quinn. Deaf actors from the UK were involved as understudies including Jean St Clair, Sarah Scott and Terry Ruane. A Broadway revival opened on April 11, 2018 at Studio 54, directed by Kenny Leon and starring Joshua Jackson, Lauren Ridloff, John McGinty and Anthony Edwards. In 1986, Medoff adapted the play for film directed by Randa Haines, starring Marlee Matlin and William Hurt. Awards1980 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play- John Rubinstein 1980 Tony Award for Best Play 1980 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor- John Rubinstein 1980 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play 1981 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play Botto, Louis.
Playbill: At This Theatre. Applause Books. ISBN 1-55783-566-7. "Olivier Winners 1981". The Official London Theatre Guide:. 2008. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-19. Children of a Lesser God at the Internet Broadway Database Children of a Lesser God at the Internet Broadway Database
Red is a play by American writer John Logan about artist Mark Rothko first produced by the Donmar Warehouse, London, on December 8, 2009. The original production was directed by Michael Grandage and performed by Alfred Molina as Rothko and Eddie Redmayne as his fictional assistant Ken; the production, with its two leads, transferred to Broadway at the John Golden Theatre for a limited engagement which began on March 11, 2010, closed on June 27. It was the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play. Additionally, Redmayne won a 2010 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play. "There is only one thing I fear in life, my friend... One day the black will swallow the red."Mark Rothko is in his New York studio in 1958/59, having been commissioned to paint a group of murals for the expensive and exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. He gives orders to his assistant, Ken, as he mixes the paints, makes the frames, paints the canvases. Ken, brashly questions Rothko's theories of art and his acceding to work on such a commercial project.
For his part, Rothko dislikes the rise of pop art. Rothko stops working on the project and decides to return the money, he explains to Ken. Reviews for the London production were positive for Molina's performance. Michael Billington in The Guardian wrote: "Alfred Molina, with his large frame and beetling eyebrows, has the fierce intensity of an artist whose paintings were a dynamic battle between Apollo and Dionysus". In reviewing the Broadway production, Michael Kuchwara of the Associated Press wrote: "They are the tantalizing first words of Red, John Logan's engrossing enthralling new play about art, an artist and the act of creation." Those first words were "What do you see?" Variety wrote that "Alfred Molina is majestic". The play won the 2010 Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Play and Molina won the Distinguished Performance Award; the play was nominated for a total of seven Tony Awards, winning six, including: Best Play, Best Featured Actor in a Play for Eddie Redmayne, Best Direction of a Play for Michael Grandage, Best Scenic Design of a Play for Christopher Oram, Best Lighting Design of a Play for Neil Austin, Best Sound Design of a Play for Adam Cork.
In addition, Alfred Molina was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role as Mark Rothko. All in all, it received the most wins out of any other production that season; the play won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play while Grandage and Austin were honoured with Drama Desk Awards for their work. Molina and Oram were similarly nominated. In October 2013, the play premiered in Chile at Centro Mori Bellavista theatre under the title Rojo, starring Luis Gnecco and Martin Bacigalupo, directed by Rodrigo Sepúlveda and produced by The Cow Company. Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York, mounted a production of Red in October/November 2015, starring Stephen Caffrey as Mark Rothko and John Ford-Dunker as Ken. Directed by Skip Greer, the production featured scenic design by Robert Koharchik, costume design by Ann M. Emo, lighting design by Kendall Smith and sound design by Dan Roach. Red played in the Pit at the New National Theatre Tokyo from August to October 2015, starring Tetsushi Tanaka as Rothko and Shun Oguri as Ken, directed by Eriko Ogawa.
In October, 2016 the play opened at The Junction in Dubai before transferring to the JamJar. The production starred Osman Aboubakr as Rothko and Deepak Venugopal as Ken, with direction by Alex Broun. In July/August 2017, the play was mounted at the Cape Playhouse in Massachusetts. Stephen Caffrey starred as Mark Rothko and Patrick Stafford as Ken, with direction by David Glenn Armstrong; the play was revived from May to July 2018 at the Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End, directed by Michael Grandage with Alfred Enoch, Alfred Molina reprising his original role. The play references other works of art: The Birth of Tragedy by Friedrich Nietzsche. Red at the Internet Broadway Database Probst, Andy. "Review Roundup: Red, with Alfred Molina, at Donmar Warehouse", theatermania.com, December 10, 2009 Behind the Scenes: Red, by John Logan. Background material prepared for Ensemble Theatre Company by Anna Jensen