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Master Class - full casting announced

Casting update

FULL casting has been announced for Stephen Wadsworth’s new production of Terrence McNally’s Master Class, which runs at the Vaudeville Theatre from February 7 (previews from January 21) to April 28, 2012.

Joining Tyne Daly (as Maria Callas) are Gerard Carey (Stagehand), Jeremy Cohen (Emmanuel Weinstock), Naomi O’Connell (Sharon Graham), Dianne Pilkington (Sophie De Palma) and Garrett Sorenson (Anthony Candolino).

Dianne Pilkington’s theatre credits include She Loves Me (Chichester Festival Theatre), The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre), Glinda in Wicked (Apollo Victoria) and Grizabelle in Cats and Belle in Beauty and the Beast on tour nationally. She also played opposite Benecio Del Toro in the film The Wolf Man.

Having released a solo album at the age of sixteen entitled Christmas with Naomi, Naomi O’Connell went on to train at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Juilliard School in New York. Her operatic roles at Juilliard include Transformations, Conception and Monteverdi’s Ottavia.

O’Connell was the 2011 First Prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition. In June 2012, she will make her UK professional operatic debut playing the title role in La Périchole for Garsington Opera.

An acclaimed opera singer who has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Houston Grand Opera, Garrett Sorenson has performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

He made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut in 2009 in a concert performance of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. His other recent opera credits include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Tanglewood Festival, Verdi’s Requiem at the Houston Symphony and Salome at the San Francisco Opera.

Gerard Carey’s previous theatre credits include The Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory), Spamalot (Palace Theatre) and The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park). On television, he has appeared in Torchwood and Love Soup.

Although Jeremy Cohen will be making his West End debut reprising the role of Emmanuel Weinstock which he played in the Broadway production, he has worked extensively in the US – with the Roundabout Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company and the New York Musical Theatre Festival. As a Musical Director and Arranger, he composed the music for The Bowery Boys.

Terrence McNally’s play about Maria Callas takes audiences to one of her famous master classes, where, late in her own career, she dares the next generation to make the same sacrifices and rise to the same heights that made her the most celebrated, the most reviled and the most controversial singer of her time.

Produced in the West End by Max Cooper, Maberry Theatricals, the Marks-Moore-Turnbull Group, Ted Snowdon and Sonia Friedman Productions in association with Morris Berchard, Scott M. Delman, Susan Dietz, Scott & Brian Zeilinger/The Broadway Consortium and the Manhattan Theatre Club, Master Class has set design by Thomas Lynch, costume design by Martin Pakledinaz, lighting by David Lander, sound by Jon Gottlieb and wigs by Paul Huntley.

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