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Broadway’s Tony Award-Winning Hit Comedy
Announces National Tour Cast
“Madcap mania with Monty Python in its blood. It cranks the chaos up to 11!”
– Associated Press
PITTSBURGH—The Cornley University Drama Society is excited to announce they have found enough students willing to live out of a suitcase for a year to fully cast the first national tour of the Olivier & Tony Award-winning production of Mischief Theatre's The Play That Goes Wrong, which has inexplicably become longest-running play on Broadway.
Packing their bags and hoping for the best are Scott Cote as Dennis, Peyton Crim as Robert, Brandon J. Ellis as Trevor, Angela Grovey as Annie, Ned Noyes as Max, Jamie Ann Romero as Sandra, Evan Alexander Smith as Chris and Yaegel T. Welch as Jonathan. The cast also features Blair Baker, Jacqueline Jarrold, Sid Solomon and Michael Thatcher.
The Play That Goes Wrong will launch its national tour in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on stage at the Benedum Center from Tuesday, September 18 through Sunday, September 23, 2018. This production is part of the 2018-2019 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Broadway Across America.
Tickets (starting at $32) are available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at , by calling Guest Services at 412-456-4800, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, online at or in person at Theater Square Box Office.
On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh ticket holders are invited to attend a pre-show talk, Know the Show Before You Go, at 6:30 p.m., at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805 Liberty Avenue. To register, visit .
"Mischief Theatre's The Play That Goes Wrong has become a global phenomenon and we figured that it was selfish to contain all of the laughter and chaos it is creating in North America to just New York City!" said producer Kevin McCollum. "We are beyond thrilled to have found such a spectacular cast to bring Mischief Theatre's unique brand of mayhem to 28 cities in 42 weeks in the first year of a multi-year tour. Every night on Broadway we witness the show reduce groups of family and friends to hysterics and we can't wait to spread that joy across the country."
Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong is a riotous comedy about the theatre. The play introduces The ‘Cornley University Drama Society’ who are attempting to put on a 1920s’ murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all odds to get to their final curtain call.
Entertainment Weekly calls The Play That Goes Wrong “Hilarious! Non-stop pandemonium.” The Huffington Post calls it “The funniest play Broadway has ever seen!” And the New York Post says it’s “Broadway’s funniest and longest-running play! Nothing is as fall down funny. GO.”
The Broadway production of The Play That Goes Wrong opened at the Lyceum Theatre on April 2, 2017. The show, which was slated to close on Broadway in August of this year, will extend its run due to popular demand through January 6, 2019. By then, the Broadway production will have played 27 previews and 745 performances, making it the 2nd longest running show in the history of the Lyceum Theatre. The Play That Goes Wrong received a Tony Award for Best Set Design, Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Play, and the Theater Fans Choice Award for Best Play.
Awarded the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, 2014 WhatsOnStage Best New Comedy and 2015 UK BroadwayWorld Best New Play Awards, The Play That Goes Wrong is now in its fourth year in the West End, is currently on a 30 week UK tour and playing on six continents. The producers have avoided Antarctica for fear of a frosty reception.
It is a remarkable rags-to-riches story for a play which started its life at a London fringe venue with only four paying members of the public at the first performance, and has gone on to play to an audience of over 2 million people around the world.
Mischief Theatre, the Olivier Award-winning theatre company led by Artistic Director Henry Lewis and Company Director Jonathan Sayer, was founded in 2008 by a group of graduates of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and began as an improvised comedy group. Mischief Theatre performs across the UK and internationally with improvised and original scripted work.
The Play That Goes Wrong national tour is directed by Matt DiCarlo. Original Broadway direction is by Mark Bell. Set design is by Nigel Hook, lighting design by Ric Mountjoy, sound design by Andy Johnson and costume design by Roberto Surace.
The Play That Goes Wrong is produced on Broadway by Kevin McCollum, J.J. Abrams, Kenny Wax, Stage Presence Ltd., Catherine Schreiber, Ken Davenport, Double Gemini Productions / deRoy-Brunish, Damian Arnold / TC Beech, Greenleaf Productions / Bard-Roth, Martian Entertainment / Jack Lane / John Yonover, and Lucas McMahon.
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The Play That Goes Wrong on , , and : @BwayGoesWrong
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Scott Cote (Dennis). National tours: Something Rotten!, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Regional credits: The Producers (Papermill Playhouse) Guys and Dolls (Goodspeed), Noises Off (Pittsburgh Public), Lend Me a Tenor (Bay Street), The Music Man (Flat Rock Playhouse), Boeing Boeing (Northern Stage), The Drowsy Chaperone (Human Race Theatre).
Peyton Crim (Robert). New York: Brigadoon (City Center Encores!), Finian’s Rainbow, On A Clear Day…(Irish Rep.) Selected Regional: Mary Poppins (Paper Mill Playhouse), Sweeney Todd (The Gateway Playhouse), Sunset Blvd. (Music Theatre West), The Music Man, Peter Pan, Ring of Fire. Graduate of Oklahoma City University. Instagram: MrPeytonCrim Twitter: TheRealPeytonC.
Brandon J. Ellis (Trevor, u/s Robert). Broadway: Bandstand, Once, Company. West End: Once. Off Broadway: Of Mice and Men, Balls: The Musical? (Writer). TV/Film: “Iron Fist”, “Dietland”, “Vinyl”, “30 Rock”, “The Naked Brothers Band”, “She Wolf Rising”, “The Ferryman”. BFA-Acting UNC-Greensboro. Love to Mom, Jenn, Austin. For my Dad. Proud AEA.
Angela Grovey (Annie) Broadway: Escape to Margaritaville, Leap of Faith. National Tour: Newsies (Medda). Film/TV: “High Maintenance”, “Ray Donavan”, “Kimmy Schmidt”, “Iron Fist”, “Joyful Noise” , “30 Rock”, “The Unusuals”. Some Theatre: Irish Rep, City Center Encores, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Chicago Shakespeare, Vineyard, Papermill, Goodspeed. Insta@angelagrovey Twitter@angelagrovey .
Ned Noyes (Max, u/s Chris). Broadway: The Play That Goes Wrong; You Can’t Take It With You. National Tour: Cabaret (Roundabout). Off-Broadway: Mint Theatre (four productions). Regional: Steppenwolf Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (among others). Film: The Post (directed by Steven Spielberg). TV: “Boardwalk Empire”, “Alpha House”. Training: Northwestern University.
Jamie Ann Romero (Sandra). Off Broadway: Second Stage Theater. Regional: ; Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Denver Center Theatre Company; Utah Shakespeare Festival; Colorado Shakespeare Festival; Arvada Center; International: Maxim Gorky Theatre Vladivostok, Russia. Television: “The Punisher”, “House of Cards”. Film: Viper Club. Love and thanks to KMR, MZ, Benjamin, and the Romeros.
Evan Alexander Smith (Chris). Broadway: Amazing Grace. National Tour: Dirty Dancing (Robbie). Selected regional: The Toxic Avenger (Title role, Toronto Company), Joseph… (Joseph, Drury Lane Theatre), Baskerville (Cleveland Play House/Cincinnati Playhouse), Ragtime (Younger Brother), Lady Windermere’s Fan (Shaw Festival.) More info and complete credits at . Thanks to HCKR. Love to Sarah. Twitter/Instagram: @iamevansmith
Yaegel T. Welch (Jonathan, u/s Trevor). Lincoln Center; The Acting Company; Signature Theatre Company; Seattle Rep; Playmakers; True Colors /Alliance Theatre; Studio Theatre; Everyman Theatre (Company Member). TV/Film: “Blacklist”, “Blue Bloods”, “Madame Secretary”, “The Knick”. Education: BA Morehouse College; MFA, Brandeis University; MFA, Academy for Classical Acting. In: yaegelwelch Twit:@yaegelwelch
Blair Baker (Understudy). Thrilled to join TPTGW. Credits: The Humans (Broadway, Roundabout), Oleanna (Broadway, CTG), title role in Hamlet (SheNYC), The Soap Myth (opposite Ed Asner), Chapter Two (directed by Marsha Mason). @blaircbaker
Jacqueline Jarrold (Understudy) Broadway: The Cherry Orchard. Regional: The Shakespeare Theatre of DC. Back in New York, Jacqui makes her artistic home with AmiosNYC. Training: Northwestern University. More at .
Sid Solomon (Understudy) received his training at New York’s LaGuardia Arts High School
and Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater. Proud Vice President of Actors’ Equity Association, and Core Member of #FairWageOnStage. More at SidSolomon.com.
Michael Thatcher (Understudy). Broadway: TPTGW. Off-Broadway: Julius Caesar (NYSF), The Time Machine (NYMF); National Tours: Guys & Dolls, A Christmas Story. Regional: Utah, Texas, Virginia Shakespeare Festivals. TV: "Quantico". MFA, UofHouston PATP. IG: @thatched44