After the Night and the Music Broadway 2005

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“After the Night and the Music”


by Elaine May

Borrowing its title from the Howard Dietz song “You and the Night and the Music,”, it actually is a one-acter preceded by a curtain raiser, a quartet of interlaced monologues, and an intermission.

The aptly titled Curtain Raiser is set in the bar of a dance hall where a grim woman and overweight former dance instructor connect, much to the surprise of both, when she attempts to rebuff his advances by telling him she can only lead and he teaches her how to lead better than she ever has before.

Giving Up Smoking introduces us to Joanne, a lonely, middle-aged woman waiting to hear from Mel, that evening’s date; Joanne’s best friend Sherman, a lonely, middle-aged gay man waiting to hear from potential new boyfriend Gavin; guitar-strumming Mel, whose policy is to dump a woman before she becomes emotionally demanding; and Sherman’s cancer-ridden but brightly optimistic mother Kathleen. The four discuss hopes and dreams and reminisce about happier days in monologues each delivers from a separate area of the stage.

In Swing Time, Mitzi and her husband Darryl are preparing for the imminent arrival of old friends Gail and Ron. What kind of evening lies ahead is revealed when high-strung Mitzi bemoans the fact her bra and panties don’t match. The two couples are slowly easing themselves into the intended purpose of the evening when the phone rings and Mitzi refers to “the private line.” Her friends’ indignation at not being given the number and Mitzi’s increasingly complicated reasons why they weren’t disrupt everything in May’s typically comic fashion.

After 39 previews, the Manhattan Theatre Club production, directed by Daniel Sullivan and choreographed by Randy Skinner, opened on June 1, 2005 at the Biltmore Theatre where, hampered by mostly lukewarm reviews, it ran for only 38 performances. The cast included Jeannie Berlin, Jere Burns, Brian Kerwin, J. Smith-Cameron, Joanna Glushak, Eddie Korbich, and Deirdre Madigan.



Opening & Closing Dates
Type & Version
Jun 1, 2005 – Jul 3, 2005
Play / Original
Biltmore Theatre, NY, USA


Opening Night Cast


Jeannie Berlin Gail
“Swing Time”
“Giving Up Smoking”
Jere Burns Darryl Grade
“Swing Time”
“Giving Up Smoking”
“Curtain Raiser”
Joanna Glushak Another Woman
“Curtain Raiser”
Brian Kerwin Mel
“Giving Up Smoking”
“Swing Time”
Another Man
“Curtain Raiser”
Eddie Korbich Keith
“Curtain Raiser”
Deirdre Madigan Brittany
“Curtain Raiser”
J. Smith-Cameron Gloria
“Curtain Raiser”
“Giving Up Smoking”
Mitzi Grade
“Swing Time”



Openingh Night Production Credits


Produced by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer); Produced by Special Arrangement with Julian Schlossberg and Roy Furman


Written by Elaine May; Dance arrangements by Randy Skinner, Brad Ross and Wayne Barker


Directed by Daniel Sullivan; Choreographed by Randy Skinner; Assistant Director: Jeremy Lewit; Assistant Choreographer: Sara Brians


Wig Design by Paul Huntley; Scenic Design by John Lee Beatty; Costume Design by Michael Krass; Lighting Design by Peter Kaczorowski; Original Music and Sound Design: John Gromada; Associate Scenic Design: Eric Renschler; Assistant Scenic Design: Yoshi Tanokura; Assistant Costume Design: Tracy Christensen; Assistant Lighting Design: James Milkey; Assistant Sound Design: Jeremy Lee


General Manager: Harold Wolpert; Company Manager: Denise Cooper


Production Stage Manager: Roy Harris; MTC Production Manager: Ryan McMahon; Stage Manager: Denise Yaney


Casting: Nancy Piccione and David Caparelliotis; MTC Director of Artistic Operations: Mandy Greenfield; MTC Director of Development: Jennifer Zaslow; MTC Director of Marketing: Debra A. Waxman; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; MTC Director of Artistic Development: Paige Evans; MTC Director of Artistic Production: Michael Bush; Marketing Consultants: The Marketing Group; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Fight Consultant: Brent Langdon

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