Two-time Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth and Lorenzo Pisoni are set to star in Manhattan Theatre Club's New York premiere of Terrence McNally’s Golden Age. Directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie, the limited engagement begins previews on November 13 at New York City Center Stage I. Opening night is set for December 4. Further casting will be announced at a later date.
Set in the 19th century, Golden Age tells the story of the Paris opening night of Vincenzo Bellini's new opera I Puritani. The Italian composer is determined to win the adulation of not only his audience, but his colleagues and rivals as well. When the curtain falls, will a thunderous ovation cement his prominence? Or has Bellini unwittingly composed his own swan song? Neuwirth will play Maria Malibran and Pisoni will play Antonio Tamburini, two well-known opera singers of the day.
Neuwirth won Tony Awards for Chicago and Sweet Charity. She made her Broadway debut in A Chorus Line and has also appeared in Dancin’, Little Me, Damn Yankees, Fosse and The Addams Family. A film and TV regular, Neuwirth is known for Cheers and Frasier, and she recently landed a recurring role on CBS’ The Good Wife. Her additional credits include Law & Order: Trial by Jury, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Jumanji.
Pisoni’s Broadway credits include Equus and Henry IV. Off-Broadway he has appeared in the Shakespeare in the Park productions of Measure for Measure and All’s Well That Ends Well.
Golden Age will feature scenic design by Santo Loquasto, costume design by Jane Greenwood, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski and sound design by Ryan Rumery.