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NYU Steinhardt Presents “Sweet Smell of Success”

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Courtney Bowe
212 998 6797
courtney.bowe@nyu.edu

NYU Steinhardt Presents “Sweet Smell of Success,” Sept. 12-14
    

      Sweet Smell of Success, presented by NYU Steinhardt’s Program in Vocal Performance, will run Sept. 12-14, and features music by Tony, Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Pulitzer Prize winner Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by three-time Tony Award nominee Craig Carnelia, and book by Tony Award winner John Guare. Steinhardt’s own John Simpkins directs.

          Show times are Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 13 at 8:00 p.m., and Sept. 14 at 7:00 p.m. at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, located at 566 LaGuardia Place.  Tickets are $30 general admission, with student and senior discounts available.  The performance on Thursday, Sept. 12 will begin with the posthumous induction of Marvin Hamlisch into NYU’s Musical Theater Hall of Fame.  For tickets, contact NYU Ticket Central at nyuskirball.org/calendar/sweetsmell, 212.352.3101, or in person at 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South).

        Based on the 1957 film, “Sweet Smell of Success” tells the story of powerful gossip columnist JJ Hunsecker and struggling press agent Sidney Falcone.  With 60 million readers across America, JJ’s power extends beyond the pages of the newspaper, and he has the goods on everyone from the President to the latest starlet.  When his younger sister Susan falls in love with an unknown piano player named Dallas, JJ offers Sidney a shot at the big time to help break up the couple. But is the price of JJ’s approval one that Sidney is willing to pay?

       The show originally opened in March of 2002 at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway and was directed by Nicolas Hytner.  It was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Musical Score, and Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Brian d’Arcy James’ role as Sidney Falcone.  John Lithgow won a Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of JJ Hunsecker.

        The production features music direction by Caleb Hoyer, choreography by MK Lawson, scenic design by Michael Schweikardt, lighting design by Chris Dallos, costume design by Michelle Eden Humphrey, and sound design by Craig Kaufman.  The production stage manager is Christina M. Hagan.  The cast features students from the NYU Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions.

         For press inquiries please contact the NYU Office of Public Affairs at 212.998.6797.

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