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FOR PIANO AND HARPO

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Jonathan Stark, Dan Castellaneta, Phil Proctor, and JD Cullum Jonathan Stark, Dan Castellaneta, Phil Proctor, and JD Cullum Photo by Sasha A Venola

Falcon Theatre presents a Laugh Then Think, Inc. production of For Piano and Harpo      

 

FOR PIANO AND HARPO

Written by and Starring Dan Castellaneta

Directed by Stefan Novinski

Oscar Levant, the quick witted, often times sarcastic pianist, actor and composer wakes up in the psychiatric ward of Mt Sinai Hospital after a night of drugs and partying.  The drugs and the partying are not new to Oscar, but this time it has gone too far when paranoia, numerous phobias and neuroses push him to attack his wife, June.  This is the world premiere of FOR PIANO AND HARPO at the Falcon Theatre.

Oscar was an extremely talented composer, leaving school at a young age, moving to New York with his mother, and studying under some of the most renowned composers of the era.  His movie career included “Rhapsody in Blue” in 1945 (George Gershwin’s biography), “The Barkleys of Broadway” in 1949, and “An American in Paris” in 1951 with Gene Kelly.  Amazing.

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JD Cullum, Deb Lacusta, Jonathan Stark, Dan Castellaneta, and Gail Matthius   Photo by Sasha A Venola

Dan Castellaneta as Oscar Levant, has written a piece of theatre which grabs his audience both with comedy, as well as the tragic life that many times besets brilliance and genius.  He cleverly moves between eras of his youth and family issues, his friendship to loyal friend Harpo Marx (The Marx Brothers) played by the extremely talented JD Cullum, relationships with Hollywood celebrities, and his stay in the psych ward where he comes to terms with his illness.  Numerous friends of his become a part of his journey, Jack Paar, Fanny Brice, Dorothy Parker, to name only a few. 

Stefan Novinski’s direction keeps us moving through each part of Oscar’s life effortlessly, back and forth, forth and back to give us the full spectrum of what must have been joyful and painful all in the same breath.  The excellent cast is right there along side Dan Castellaneta and JD Cullum. Playing multiple parts are Deb Lacusta as June and Barbara, Gail Matthius as Shirley, Fanny Brice, and Oscar’s mother, Phil Proctor as Sidney, Butler, and Oscar’s father, and Jonathan Stark as Jack Paar, Dr. Greenleigh and George Gershwin.  Let’s add to all this wonderful music from pianist, David O, and harpist Jillian Risigari-Gai.

FOR PIANO AND HARPO is moving, touching and thought-provoking, giving us a look into the life of a genius.  A MUST SEE, and a wonderful evening of theatre.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!

Cast:  Dan Castellaneta, JD Cullum, Deb Lacusta, Gail Matthius, Phil Proctor, and Jonathan Stark

Director:  Stefan Novinski

Music Supervisor:  David O

Pianist:  David O

Harpist:  Jillian Risigari-Gai

Scenic Designer:  Stephen Gifford

Costume Designer:  Kate Bergh

Lighting Designer:  Jean-Yves Tessier

Sound Designer:  Drew Dalzell

Props Master:  Mallory Birkrem

Stage Manager:  Leia Crawford

Production Supervisor:  Lee Costello

Falcon Theatre

4252 Riverside Dr

Burbank, CA 91505

Tickets:  818-955-8101    or    www.falcontheatre.com

Performances:            
February 1 through March 5, 2017
Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm;  Sunday at 4pm

Box Office Hours: 
Tues – Fri, 12-6pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm

Tickets
$30 - $45

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Cathy Wayne

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