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Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello Again Looks To Steam Up Movie Theatre’s

Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello Again Looks To Steam Up Movie Theatre’s

Michael John LaChiusa, 1993 off-Broadway musical Hello, Again, was an adaptation of La Ronde, a controversial German play from the late 1800s made into a film. The film won the BAFTA award for Best Film and was nominated for two Academy Awards; for Best Writing and Best Art Direction. The film follows eleven episodes that tell the stories of ten illicit sexual encounters involving a prostitute, a soldier, a chambermaid (Nurse in the musical), her employer’s son, a married woman, her husband, a young girl, a poet, an actress, a count, and the prostitute again. After each encounter, one of the two partners forms a liaison with the next person, resulting in an unbroken “circle” (ronde) by the end.

In the film version set to hit the film circuit this summer the cast is star studded. Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, former Dancing With The Stars winner (and one of the stars of Broadway’s Chicago) Rumor Willis, Martha Plimpton, Cheyenne Jackson, T. R. Knight, Glee‘s Jenna Ushkowitz and actor and former Versace underwear model Nolan Gerard Funk bring this material to life.

There are several changes from LaChiusa’s  original version. Sam Underwood plays “The Whore.” In the original production that role was played by Tony winner Donna Murphy. Martha Plimpton plays the Senator, a role originally played by John Dossett. This means when the actress played by Audra McDonald sings “Mistress To The Senator” it has whole new meaning, if that song is even still in the production. LaChiusa’s version added an element of homosexuality to the German original, and director Tom Gustafson’s version looks like it goes even further.

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Starting this week,  Hello, Again is featured in international film festival screenings and regional theatre-hosted sneak peek events across the U.S. and beyond including:
June 20           Lovers Film Festival, Torino, Italy (Closing Night Film)
June 22           Frameline 41 @ The Castro Theatre, San Francisco, CA
July 11            Outfest Los Angeles @ The DGA, Los Angeles, CA
July 14 – 23     Maine International Film Festival, Waterville, ME
August            Jecheon International Music & Film Festival, Jecheon, South Korea
A regularly updated ‘sneak peek’/ film festival listing can be found on the film’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/HelloAgainMovie).

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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, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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