Clueless star Alicia Silverstone will return to Broadway this fall in The Performers, a new Adult Film Awards-centered romantic comedy by David West Read also starring Henry Winkler (The Fonz in “Happy Days”), Cheyenne Jackson (All Shook Up), Ari Graynor (For A Good Time, Call…), Daniel Breaker (Passing Strange) and Jenni Barber (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).
Tickets are now on sale for this raunchily hysterical comedy, which will begin previews October 23 at the Longacre Theatre prior to officially opening on November 14.
The Performers Story
The Performers is a romantic comedy about two high school friends (Cheyenne Jackson and Daniel Breaker) — and the women in their lives (Ari Graynor and an actress to be announced) — who reconnect at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas. When the night takes an unexpected turn and relationships are threatened, Chuck Wood (Henry Winkler), the hardest-working man in the business, steps in to lend a hand. Sex, love and Barry Manilow intersect in this comedy about the ups and downs and ins and outs of love.
The Performers Cast
Alicia Silverstone is best known for her roles in Hollywood films such as Clueless and her portrayal of Batgirl in Batman & Robin. Her performances have garnered Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and she won a National Board of Review. On Broadway in 2010 she starred with Laura Linney in Donald Margulies’ Tony-nominated play Time Stands Still. She made her Broadway debut in 2002 as Elaine Robinson in The Graduate. She has worked with David Mamet on his plays Speed-the-Plow and Boston Marriage at the Geffen Playhouse. This fall she will star alongside Krysten Ritter and Sigourney Weaver in the romantic horror-comedy film Vamps, written and directed by Amy Heckerling (Clueless). She will also star this fall in the film comedy Butter with Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Garner. This spring she co-starred on ABC’s hit comedy series “Suburgatory. Ms. Silverstone made her feature film debut in The Crush in 1993, winning two MTV Movie Awards — Best Breakthrough Performance and Best Villain. For her performance in Clueless, Ms. Silverstone won the National Board of Review Award for “Best Breakthrough Performer,” the MTV Movie Award for “Best Female Performance” and “Most Desirable Female,” and the American Comedy Award for “Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture.” Other film credits include Excess Baggage (which she also produced), Beauty Shop, Blast from the Past, Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost, Stormbreakers, Scooby-doo 2 and Scorched. Her television credits include NBC’s “Miss Match” for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe, and voicing the lead character in the animated series “Braceface,” for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. She has been executive producer for 75 episodes of the series.
Henry Winkler last appeared on Broadway in 2000 in Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party. Known to millions as The Fonz on the TV series “Happy Days” (two Golden Globe Awards), Mr. Winkler has enjoyed a career that spans 40 years as an actor, director, producer and author. His newest film Here Comes the Boom, in which he stars with Kevin James and Salma Hayek, opens October 2012. His many films include The Lords of Flatbush, Heroes, Night Shift, The Waterboy and Click. Mr. Winkler co-stars on the USA Network series “Royal Pains” and on Cartoon Network’s “Children’s Hospital.” He earned an Emmy nomination for his guest-role on “The Practice” and won an Emmy for the animated show “Clifford: The Puppy Years.” He had recurring roles on “Arrested Development,” “Numb3rs,” “Third Watch” and “Crossing Jordan.” His credits as producer include “MacGyver,” “Sightings,” “Scandal Sheet” with Burt Lancaster, and the ABC documentary “Who Are the DeBolts and Where Did They Get 19 Kids?” (Humanitas Prize). He directed Memories of Me starring Billy Crystal and Alan King and Cop and a Half starring Burt Reynolds. He is the author of 21 children’s books (with his collaborator Lin Oliver), including the “Hank Zipzer” series and “Ghost Buddy” series and together they have sold over four million books. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition for his services to children who are educationally challenged.
Cheyenne Jackson last appeared on Broadway in the revival of Finian’s Rainbow, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination. He previously starred on Broadway in Xanadu (Drama Desk & Drama League Award nominations), All Shook Up (Theatre World Award, Outer Critics Circle & Drama League nominations), Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Aida. His Off-Broadway credits include Damn Yankees (Encores!), The Agony & The Agony, and Altar Boyz. Cheyenne also starred alongside an all-star cast in the recent benefit reading of Dustin Lance Black’s 8 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. On television, Cheyenne can be seen in the recurring role of Danny Baker on the hit NBC series, “30 Rock.” He has appeared in guest-starring roles in “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Glee,” “Law & Order,” “Ugly Betty,” “Life on Mars,” and “Lipstick Jungle,” among others, and he recently completed production on the pilot for the forthcoming Bryan Fuller NBC series, “Mockingbird Lane.” On film, Cheyenne portrayed the 9/11 hero Mark Bingham in the award-winning United 93. Among his other film credits include Lola Versus, Price Check, The Green, Hysteria and the upcoming Mutual Friends. Cheyenne is currently in production on the highly-anticipated HBO film, “Behind the Candelabra,” co-starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Most recently, Jackson signed a publishing deal with SONY/ATV, and has released his first two self-penned singles, “Drive” and “Before You,” (which reached the Top 40 on the Hot 100 AC chart) from his forthcoming album, collaborating with Grammy-winning producer Steve Mostyn, Thomas “Tawgs” Salter, and including four songs co-written with platinum-selling artist and friend Sia Furler.
Ari Graynor was seen last season on Broadway in Relatively Speaking, and previously starred in Douglas Carter Beane’s The Little Dog Laughed and Donald Margulies’s Brooklyn Boy, for which she received the Clarence Derwent Award. Her Off-Broadway credits include Trust and Dog Sees God. Ari’s many films include the upcoming For a Good Time, Call… (opening late summer 2012), Celeste and Jesse Forever, the recent The Sitter, Conviction, What’s Your Number? as well as standout roles in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Youth in Revolt and her film debut in Mystic River. Ms. Graynor’s TV credits include her debut recurring role on HBO’s “The Sopranos” and a recurring role on “Fringe.”
Daniel Breaker starred on Broadway in the musical Passing Strange, receiving Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations and winning the Village Voice Obie Award. Last seen on Broadway as Donkey in Shrek: The Musical, Mr. Breaker’s other Broadway appearances include Lisa Kron’s Well and Cymbeline at Lincoln Center. His film credits include having starred in Spike Lee’s filmed version of Passing Strange.
The Performers will be directed by Evan Cabnet, who also directed David West Read‘s play The Dream of the Burning Boy, a critical and popular hit when it debuted in March 2011 at Roundabout Theatre’s Underground Series. The Performers will have set design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, costume design by Jessica Wegener Shay and sound design by Nevin Steinberg.
The Performers Performance Schedule
The Performers will play the Longacre Theatre (220 W. 48th St. between Broadway and 8th) beginning on October 23.
Weekly performance schedule October 23-November 18: Tuesday at 8:00pm, Wednesdays at 8:00pm, Thursdays at 8:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.
Beginning November 19: Tuesdays at 7:00pm, Wednesdays at 2:00pm and 7:00pm, Thursdays at 7:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm.
The outrageous new comedy The Performers hysterically explores the ins and outs of life and love in the adult entertainment industry as two couples seek the advice of Chuck Wood, the hardest-working man in the business, played by Henry Winkler (The Fonz in "Happy Days").