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Michael John LaChiusa’s Sexual Hello Again Opens November 8th

Michael John LaChiusa’s Sexual Hello Again Opens November 8th
Save November 8th, to head to the movies to take in the highly anticipated film adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa’s acclaimed musical, Hello Again. Screenvision Media, a national leader in cinema advertising, in association with KAOS Connect and SPEAKproductions, launches the film in a limited nationwide release.  Theater information and tickets are available at www.HelloAgainMovieTix.com.
Jenna Ushkowitz

Jenna Ushkowitz

100 years. 10 love affairs. One city of lost souls. Hello Again explores a daisy chain of New Yorkers slipping in and out of one another’s arms in 10 musical vignettes blurring the parameters of time, love, eroticism and exploitation. Hello Again, is based on the Michael John LaChiusa stage musical of the same name. The inspiration for Hello Again, is Arthur Schnitzler’s Der Reigen, a 120 year-old play so provocative and controversial in its time that it was banned from public performance for decades, before inspiring a heated, even violent responses from audiences. Watch as a revolving door of sensual encounters spanning a century, sweep you into it’s thrilling world. The provocative musical features six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, Emmy Award-winner and Tony nominee Martha Plimpton, Emmy and Drama Desk nominee T.R. Knight, Rumer Willis, Cheyenne Jackson, SAG Award-winner and Grammy nominee Jenna Ushkowitz, Teen Choice Award-winner Tyler Blackburn, Sam Underwood, Nolan Gerard Funk and Al Calderon. Hello Again is directed by Tom Gustafson, features a screenplay by Cory Krueckeberg and music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa.

Nolan Gerard Funk

Nolan Gerard Funk

Hello Again, was first presented on stage by Lincoln Center Theatre in 1994. The film Hello Again,, which has played over 40 international film festivals prior to its upcoming release, is produced by Gustafson and Krueckeberg under their SPEAKproductions company, in association with Hunter Arnolds TBD Productions, Ash Christian.
Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton

Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton

Martha Plimpton (Ruth, a searching senator) is an accomplished and Award-winning actress, Martha Plimpton has achieved success across stage, screen and television.  Plimpton recently completed a run starring in ABC’s comedy series The Real O’Neal’s. For her work in the television series Raising Hope, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” and twice for a Critics’ Choice Television Award for “Best Actress in a Comedy.” Her memorable TV appearances include The Good Wife, for which she won an Emmy Award, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for which she earned an Emmy Award nomination and How to Make it in America. Plimpton has appeared in over 30 films, including The GooniesThe Mosquito CoastRunning on EmptyBeautiful GirlsParenthood200 CigarettesPeckerEye of God and Small Town Murder Songs. She will next be seen in the film adaptation of the musical of Hello Again opposite Audra McDonald.  On stage, Plimpton’s work has garnered three consecutive Tony® Award nominations. In 2014, she starred alongside John Lithgow and Glenn Close in the Broadway revival of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance. Previously, she starred alongside Stockard Channing in Pal Joey for the Roundabout Theatre Company, garnering her third Tony® Award nomination in as many years, as well as a Drama Desk nomination for “Best Featured Actress in a Musical” and a Drama League nomination. In 2008, Plimpton starred in Top Girls for the Manhattan Theatre Club and received Tony® and Drama Desk Award nominations, and in 2007, Plimpton appeared in Tom Stoppard’s nine hour trilogy, The Coast of Utopia at Lincoln Center Theater, for which she earned a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Tony® Award nomination. Plimpton recently starred in the UK premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s acclaimed play, Other Desert Citiesat The Old Vic in London. Other notable appearances on stage include Company opposite Patti LuPone and Stephen Colbert, Shakespeare in the Park’s A Midsummer Night’s DreamShining CityThe False Servant (Drama League Award nomination), HurlyBurly, Hobson’s Choice (Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award nomination) and Lincoln Center Theater production of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. She is also a proud member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble since 1998, where she has appeared in Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, Stephen Jeffries The Libertine opposite John Malkovich, and made her directing debut there with Absolution in 2001.
Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald

 Audra McDonald (Sally, a driven actress) is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actress. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts-America’s highest honor for achievement in the arts-from President Barack Obama. In addition to her Tony-winning performances in Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill-the role which also served as the vehicle for her 2017 debut on London’s West End-she has appeared on Broadway in The Secret Garden, Marie Christine (Tony nomination), Henry IV, 110 in the Shade (Tony nomination), and Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. The Juilliard-trained soprano’s opera credits include La voix humaine and Send at Houston Grand Opera, and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Los Angeles Opera. On television, she was seen by millions as the Mother Abbess in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! and played Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s Private Practice. She won an Emmy Award for her role as host of PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center and has received nominations for Wit, A Raisin in the Sun, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. On film, she has appeared in Seven Servants, The Object of My Affection, Cradle Will Rock, It Runs in the Family, The Best Thief in the World, She Got Problems, Rampart, Ricki and the Flash, Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, and the movie-musical Hello Again. An exclusive recording artist for Nonesuch Records, she has released five solo albums for the label. McDonald also maintains a major career as a concert artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world and with leading international orchestras. Of all her many roles, her favorites are the ones performed offstage: passionate advocate for equal rights and homeless youth, wife to actor Will Swenson, and mother to her children.
Cheyenne Jackson, Tyler Blackburn

T.R. Knight, Tyler Blackburn

Cheyenne Jackson (Robert, a cocky writer). Grammy-nominated Cheyenne Jackson is a multi-talented stage, television and film actor. He recently re-joined the cast of Ryan Murphy’s award-winning FX horror anthology, “American Horror Story: Cult” for its seventh installment, which premiered in September 2017. Television: “Stellar People” (Upcoming), “American Woman” (Upcoming), “American Horror Story: Roanoke,” “American Horror Story: Hotel,” “Sense8,” “The Real O’Neals,” “Royal Pains,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Full Circle,” “30 Rock,” “Local Talent,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Glee,” “Law & Order,” “The Mentalist,” “Ugly Betty,” “Life on Mars” and “Lipstick Jungle.” Film: Hello Again (Upcoming), Splitting Image (Upcoming), Opening Night, Bear with Us, Day Out of Days, A Beautiful Now, Open, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, The One I Wrote for You, Lucky Stiff, Dragula, Love Is Strange, HR, The Gay Christian Mingle, Mutual Friends, Behind the Candelabra, Onion News Empire, Mockingbird Lane, Before You, Lola Versus, Price Check, Smile, The Green, It Takes a Village, Hysteria, Photo Op, Family Practice, United 93 and Curiosity. Broadway: The PerformersFinian’s Rainbow (Drama Desk nomination), Xanadu (Drama Desk & Drama League nominations), All Shook Up (Theatre World Award, Drama League & Outer Critics Circle nominations), Aida and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Off-Broadway/Regional: The Most Happy Fella, Damn Yankees, The Agony & The Agony, Altar Boyz, 8, The 24 Hour Plays and On the Twentieth Century. In addition to his acting credits, Jackson is also an accomplished singer.  He made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall with his show, “Cheyenne Jackson’s Cocktail Hour:  Music of the ‘Mad Men’ Era” and more recently joined Michael Feinstein on the Carnegie Hall stage for a duet concert, featuring music from their CD collaboration, “The Power of Two.”  Jackson signed on with SONY/ATV as a songwriter and recording artist and released his first, full-length album of original music titled, “I’m Blue, Skies.”
Nolan Gerard Funk

Nolan Gerard Funk

 Jenna Ushkowitz (Mare, a defiant nurse) is best known for her role as Tina Cohen-Chang for five seasons of the 3-time Emmy nominated, FOX television series, “Glee.” Jenna most recently appeared as Dawn in the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Waitress alongside Jessie Mueller and Keala Settle. Jenna launched and hosts a podcast called; “Infinite Positivities” where she takes chapters from her book “Choosing Glee” and speaks with actors, authors and experts about how to live life with a positive outlook.  Jenna made her Pittsburgh CLO debut as Julia in their Summer 2015 production of The Wedding Singer.  Also, Jenna served as the executive producer of Twinsters, a film documentary about two identical twins separated at birth and then are reunited. Jenna starred in the Hollywood Bowl special production of Hair alongside Kristen Bell, Amber Riley and Sarah Hyland. Prior to becoming a Gleek, Jenna was on Broadway in the Tony Award winning production of Spring Awakening.Ushkowitz released her first memoir, “Choosing Glee” in May 2013, which is a heartfelt, practical guide for teens on how to be your true self, gain self-esteem, and find your inner confidence. Jenna made her Broadway debut at the age of nine in the 1996 revival of The King and I, and performed with the original cast in an appearance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She has played Little Red Ridinghood in two separate productions of Into the Woods (at Trinity Theatre and the Teresa Lang), and has traveled and performed across the country with The Broadway Kids. She can be heard on various cast recordings, including The King and I, Broadway Kids Back on Broadway, and The Broadway Kids Sing America.  Her television credits include Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, As the World Turns, and the pilot The Imagination Movers for Playhouse Disney. She has made appearances on Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Her independent film credits include Don Gaille’s Babyface, and Georgia Lee’s Educated.
Tyler Blackburn, T.R. Knight 

Tyler Blackburn, Cheyenne Jacksont

T.R. Knight (Carl, a doomed husband) can most recently be seen as J. Edgar Hoover in Genius with Geoffrey Rush on the Nat Geo Channel. Other recent credits The Catch opposite Mireille Enos, the Stephen King and J.J. Abrams series 11.22.63 and When We Rise. He recently appeared on Broadway alongside Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane in It’s Only a Play, and as Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet with Elizabeth Olsen at CSC. He played Harold Parrott in the film 42, and George O’Malley in Grey’s Anatomy, for which he received an Emmy nomination.
Rumor Willis, Nolan Gerard Funk

Rumor Willis, Nolan Gerard Funk

Tyler Blackburn (Jack, a frisky young thing) is best known for his work in the hit ABC Family drama “Pretty Little Liars,” where he accumulated a large fan base for his portrayal of the dark and mysterious character ‘Caleb Rivers.’ The show has received an array of nominations and awards, including several Teen Choice and People’s Choice Awards.  Blackburn’s performance garnered him two consecutive individual Teen Choice Award the last two years.  His success on “Pretty Little Liars”  led to Blackburn continuing the same character on the ABC Family spin-off “Ravenswood.” More recently, Blackburn will be seen in Hello Again, based an Off Broadway musical by composer Michael John LaChiusa.  The film is directed by Tom Gustafson and the ensemble cast includes Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton, T.R. Knight, and Cheyenne Jackson.  In 2016, Tyler also stars in the independent film Love Is All You Need?, directed by Kim Rocco Shields. Blackburn stars opposite Elisabeth Röhm, Briana Evigan, Emily Osment, and Jeremy Sisto.  The film, based on the award winning short of the same name, is a provocative look at bullying in a world where being gay is the norm and heterosexuals are persecuted.

Martha Plimpton

Martha Plimpton

Rumer Willis (Emily, a bankrupt wife) began her acting career as a child, starring with her mother Demi Moore in the major motion pictures Striptease and Now and Then. She most recently won Season 20 of ABC’s hit show, Dancing with the Stars, and immediately after, was a star in Chicago on Broadway. Ms. Willis is currently recording her debut album under the guidance of legendary music icon Linda Perry. Last year, Rumer Willis starred in the pilot of Songbyrd for E! Network (based on the life of iconic songwriter Diane Warren). Known around Hollywood for her sultry vocals, Rumer and her band enjoyed a nearly two year Artist Residency at Hollywood hot-spot The Sayer’s Club. Her recent television credits include Workaholics, and Hawaii 5-0, and her film credits include House Bunny, Sorority Row, Diary of Preston Plummer and many more. Rumer can currently be seen on Fox’s hit show, Empire.
Sam Underwood (Leocadia, a generous pro) can currently be seen playing the series regular role of Jake Otto on AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead”. He is best known for playing Luke and Mark Grey, a pair of murderous twins, in Fox’s recent drama series, “The Following.” He can recently be seen recurring on 50 Cent’s “Power” for Starz. Previously, Sam played the recurring role of Zach Hamilton, a protégé to Michael C Hall’s main character on Showtime’s hit series, “Dexter.” He played a major role in season 3 of “Homeland” for Showtime as well. In the world of theater, Sam appeared opposite Alec Baldwin in a 2010 production of Equus at the John Drew Theatre in East Hampton.
Nolan Gerard Funk (Les, a restless soldier) just finished the first season of the highly anticipated new Starz series “Counterpart” starring JK Simmons. Some other upcoming projects include Universal film “Truth or Dare” from producer Jason Blum. He also collaborated with Oscar winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) in “Dear White People” for Netflix. He originated the role of “Conrad Birdie” in “Bye Bye Birdie” on Broadway and was the face of Versace in conjunction with Lady Gaga.  He is also known for roles in MTV’s “Awkward”, Universal’s “Riddick”, FOX’s “Glee” and Paul Schrader’s film, “The Canyons”, written by Bret Easton Ellis.
 Al Calderon (Alfred, a helpless college boy) is an actor and performer based out of Los Angeles, CA. He got his start in music as an artist performing on professional stages since the age of 13. In 2008, Al originated the role of wisecracking “Eddie” on Broadway in 13 the musical and at the age of 15 jumped from stage to screen in the Nickelodeon pilot, Summer Camp and became a fan favorite on the third season of  Fox’s The X Factor. He has also been on many feature films and television programs such as Law and Order: SVUPerson of InterestStealing Cars, and Detachment. He can next be seen in the feature film Hello Again and the upcoming YouTube Red series Step Up-High Water.
Tom Gustafson (Director) films have won over 45 awards and screened at more than 250 film festivals around the world. His feature directorial debut, the celebrated musical fantasy, Were The World Mine, was chosen by The New York Times as Critics’ Pick, calling it “Movie Musical Magic.” About his most recent feature, Mariachi Gringo, The New York Times proclaimed, “¡Hurra! Right on pitch.” Among Tom’s honors are a Heineken Red Star Award, a Scion First-Time Director Award and the 37th Cleveland International Film Festival’s “Someone to Watch.” Other directing credits include music videos for Grammy Winner Lila Downs and “Define Me” by Ryan Amador and the short films, The Need, Fairies, and Revelations. Tom recently produced Getting Go, The Go Doc Project which had its World Premiere at the 2013 Miami Int’l Film Festival. Tom has also worked as an On-Location Casting Director on many Hollywood films, including Gone Girl, Man Of Steel, Pirates Of The Caribbean Ii & Iii, The Good Shepherd and The Dark Knight.
MICHAEL JOHN LACHIUSA (Music & Lyrics) is a five-time Tony Award nominated Composer, Lyricist and Librettist for his Broadway productions of The Wild Party, Marie Christine and Chronicle of a Death Foretold. LaChiusa’s acclaimed off-Broadway musicals have been seen at The Public Theater and Lincoln Center in NY and include First Daughter Suite, Giant, Queen of the Mist, See What I Wanna SeeFirst Lady Suite, Bernarda AlbaHello AgainLittle Fish, and Four Short Operas: Break, Agnes, Eulogy For Mr. Hamm, Lucky Nurse. LaChiusa’s musical The Wild Party recently made its London premiere and opened the new theatre The Other Palace. A revised version of LaChiusa’s musical Los Otros premiered at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland in Spring 2017, while his newest full-length musical Rain, premiered at the Old Globe in San Diego in Spring 2016. LaChiusa has been commissioned by Chicago Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival among others and has penned Lovers & Friends: The Chautauqua Variations for CLO and Send (who are you? I love you) written for Audra McDonald at HGO.  LaChiusa’s revues of his own work include la..la…LaChiusa  (Joe’s Pub), Hotel C’est l’Amour (Blank Theatre), and most recently Heartbreak Country: Michael John LaChiusa’s Stories of America (Jazz at Lincoln Center). LaChiusa’s awards include an Obie, Gillman Gonzalez-Falla, Kleban Foundation, Dramatists Guild, and 2008 & 2009 Daytime Emmy Awards.  LaChiusa teaches at NYU, Yale, Pace, and Columbia. He is a resident of New York City.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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