On Thursday, April 17th 2008, A Catered Affair opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre. A Catered Affair has a book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, score by John Bucchino and direction by Tony Award-winner John Doyle. A Catered Affair marks Mr. Bucchino’s Broadway debut.
The production stars Tony Award-winner Faith Prince as ‘Aggie Hurley,’ the mother- of-the-bride, Tony Award-nominee Tom Wopat as ‘Tom Hurley,’ the father-of-the-bride, Harvey Fierstein as ‘Winston,’ the uncle-of-the-bride, Leslie Kritzer as ‘Jane Hurley,’ the bride-to-be and Matt Cavenaugh as ‘Ralph Halloran,’ the groom-to-be. The featured cast includes Philip Hoffman, Katie Klaus, Heather Mac Rae, Lori Wilner and Kristine Zbornik.
A Catered Affair asks the question that inevitably faces every mother and daughter: Whose wedding is it anyway? The musical tells the story of a Bronx mother’s efforts to give her only daughter the elaborate wedding she never had – and the bride never asked for. Faith Prince, Tom Wopat and Harvey Fierstein star in this funny, poignant and oh, so human show of love and disaffection. Harvey Fierstein’s book and John Bucchino’s score explore both our need for love and the true meaning of family.
A Catered Affair is produced on Broadway by Jujamcyn Theaters, Jordan Roth, Harvey Entertainment/Ron Fierstein,Richie Jackson, Daryl Roth, John O'Boyle/Ricky Stevens/Davis-Tolentino, Barbra Russell/Ron Sharpe in association with the Frankel-Baruch-Viertel-Routh Group,Broadway Across America, True Love Productions, Rick Steiner/Mayerson-Bell-Staton-Osher Group, Jan Kallish, Stacey Mindich and Rhoda Mayerson. The musical is based on the Turner Entertainment motion picture distributed by Warner Brothers and written by Gore Vidal, and the original teleplay by Paddy Chayefsky.
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