Cineplex Events announced the fall line-up for its popular Event Cinema Stage Series with a range of acclaimed performances captured live from some of the world’s best theatre companies. In addition to performances from The National Theatre and the Stratford Festival, Cineplex is bringing the magic of Broadway shows from the stage to the big screen with offerings from Broadway HD. The fall season begins October 19, 2017 and runs through to the end of the year on 67 screens in Cineplex theatres in communities large and small across Canada.
The 2017 fall season includes Kevin Kline’s Tony Award winning turn as Garry Essendine inPresent Laughter, captured live on Broadway this past summer. Noël Coward’s outrageously irresistible backstage comedy was also nominated for ‘Best Revival of a Play’ at this year’s Tony Awards, and stars Emmy and Tony Award nominee Kate Burton (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy), Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielson (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), and Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) in her Broadway debut.
“I am delighted with the fall season of our Stage Series and am thrilled to see the brilliant Kevin Kline back on Broadway,” said Brad LaDouceur, Vice President, Event Cinema, Cineplex. “Our goal with this series is to extend the reach of these acclaimed productions and make them accessible to Canadians. If you cannot go to London or New York, you can enjoy these brilliant performances on the big screen at your local theatre.”
Kicking off with Cyrano De Bergerac, additional notable productions in this year’s line-up include National Theatre Live’s critically acclaimed play Follies, starring Imelda Staunton, Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Philip Quast; Young Marx, starring Rory Kinnear and Oliver Chris; and Broadway HD’s Holiday Inn, with Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer and Corbin Bleu.
Coming up in the 2018 season are an Oscar Wilde series as well as shows from National Theatre Live and Strafford Festival HD.
For participating locations, show times and tickets visit Cineplex.com/Stage. New this season, rush tickets are available 15 minutes prior to start time at $15, based on seating availability.
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CYRANO DE BERGERAC – Broadway HD (captured live)
October 19, 2017; October 22, 2017 (encore in select markets)
Directed by Matthew Diamond; Starring Kevin Kline, Jennifer Garner and Daniel Sunjata
” Kevin Kline is sensational” – The New Yorker
In this funny and romantic play, soldier and poet Cyrano de Bergerac (Kevin Kline) is in love with Roxane (Jennifer Garner), but he’s too ashamed to admit it because of his big nose. When a cadet, Christian (Daniel Sunjata), falls for Roxane, he asks for Cyrano’s help in sharing his feelings. Cyrano writes love letters signed with Christian’s name, and Roxane doesn’t realize that it’s Cyrano’s words she falls for. She marries Christian, and Cyrano continues to keep the other man’s secret, even after tragedy strikes.
PRESENT LAUGHTER – Broadway HD (captured live)
November 2 and 13, 2017
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel; Starring Kevin Kline, Kate Burton, Kristine Nielson, andCobie Smulders
“Absolutely splendid and hilarious with a smashing cast!” – Time Out New York
“Kevin Kline’s performance is a comedic triumph!” – The Wall Street Journal
With a spectacular cast, the hilarious Present Laughter follows a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Juggling his considerable talent, ego and libido, the theatre’s favourite leading man suddenly finds himself caught between fawning ingénues, crazed playwrights, secret tryst and unexpected twists.
November 16, 2017 (live), January 20, 2018 (encore)
Directed by Dominic Cooke; Starring Imelda Staunton, Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee, Philip Quast, and Dame Josephine Barstow
“Jaw-droppingly great” – Independent
‘’Follies is one of the greatest musicals ever written’’ – The New York Times
Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors). Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.
HOLIDAY INN: THE NEW IRVING BERLIN MUSICAL – Broadway HD (captured live)
November 26, 2017; December 9 and 21, 2017 (encores in select markets)
Directed by Gordon Greenberg; Starring Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer and Corbin Bleu
it the FEEL GOOD show of the fall!” – Variety
Jim (Pinkham) leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut, but life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda (Gayer), a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together, they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim’s best friend Ted (Bleu) tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love? This Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Holiday Inn was captured live from Broadway’s Studio 54.
YOUNG MARX – National Theatre Live
December 7, 2017 (live), February 3, 2017 (captured)
Directed by Nick Hytner; Starring Rory Kinnear and Oliver Chris