Photo: Earl Carter - L-R Christen O’Leary, Marina Prior & Magda Szubanski
MTC EXTENDS THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE FOR TWO EXTRA WEEKS!
AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE SEASON NOW CLOSES 11 MARCH 2006 AT THE ARTS CENTRE PLAYHOUSE
Cast includes Natalie Mendoza, Christen O’Leary, Marina
Prior, Magda Szubanski
Director Simon Phillips
Music Director Ian McDonald
Set & Costume Designer Dale Ferguson
Lighting Designer Matt Scott
Music & lyrics William Finn,
Book by Rachel Sheinkin,
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Currently playing to standing-room-only houses on Broadway, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is the offbeat musical creation of Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist William Finn (Falsettos), Rachel Sheinkin and Rebecca Feldman. This hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst – tender and sardonic – pits 10 contestants (six actors and four audience members) against each other in a battle for the spelling championship of a lifetime.
Among the adolescent brainiacs are multilingual national finalist Marcy Park (Natalie Mendoza), Putnam Basin district second runner-up Leaf Coneybear, Magna Magnet for the gifted and unusual representative Logainne Schwarzandgrubeniere (Christen O’Leary), last year’s finalist - eliminated for health reasons - William Barfee (Magda Szubanski in her MTC debut), newcomer Olive Ostrovsky and last year’s county champion Chip Tolentino.
At THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, these young people in the throes of puberty, and their grownup supervisors who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.
“Can you spell I-R-R-E-S-I-S-T-I-B-L-E? A riotously funny and entirely adorable new musical.”– The New York Times
“The best in town - that rarity of rarities, a super-smart show that is also a bona fide crowd-pleaser.”– The Wall Street Journal
“This winning new musical is so generously warm-hearted, only the most bitter misanthrope could resist its charms.”– Variety
2005 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical
2005 Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical
2005 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical