Wednesday, March 28, 2012

International City Theatre Announces THE FIX


Just as the 2012 presidential race heats up, International City Theatre presents the West Coast premiere of a hard-boiled, darkly comic rock musical about the American political machine. With book and lyrics by John Dempsey and music by Dana P.Rowe, The Fix begins a four-week run on April 27. Randy Brenner directs, with musical direction by Darryl Archibald, choreography by Heather Castillo, and Sal Mistretta reprising his Helen Hayes Award-winning role as Uncle Grahame. 

U.S. senator and popular presidential candidate Reed Chandler has died in the arms of his mistress. His widow, Violet, determined that “if I can’t be the wife of the president I’ll be his mother,” and her brother-in-law, political king maker Grahame Chandler, thrust her son Cal into the political spotlight. Together, they shepherd Cal through races for city council and the governorship, always with an eye on the final prize – president of the Unites States. Driven by a powerful rock score, The Fix tells a cynical and darkly comic tale of one of the most dysfunctional almost-first families this side of real life Washington politics.

Originally developed in association with Cameron Mackintosh, The Fix premiered at London’s Donmar Warehouse in 1997 where it was directed by Sam Mendes and received an Olivier nomination for Best Musical. The U.S. premiere took place at the Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA a year later, where it garnered ten Helen Hayes Award nominations, winning two— including one for Sal Mistretta.

In addition to Mistretta, the cast features Adam Simmons as Cal and Alix Korey as Violet along with Jay Donnell, Melanie Fernandez, Stephanie Hayslip, David Michael Laffey, William T. Lewis, and Carrie St. Louis. The set design is by Stephen Gifford; lighting design is by Donna Ruzika; costume design is by Kim DeShazo; sound design is by Paul Fabre; hair and wigs are by Anthony Gagliardi; property design is by Patty and Gordon Briles; and casting is byMichael Donovan, CSA.

The Fix runs April 27 - May 20, with previews April 24 -26 at 8 pm. International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach. To purchase tickets, call (562) 436-4610 or visit www.InternationalCityTheatre.org.


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