JUNE 8th - JULY 21st, 2012
Perfectly Normal Productions and The Entertainment Business
The Radio Theatre Company
The Original Cast - Reunited Live On Stage - in
THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY RADIO SHOW- LIVE!
From the Saga that changed Life, The Universe And Everything -
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by DOUGLAS ADAMS
SIMON JONES as ARTHUR DENT GEOFF McGIVERN as FORD PREFECT
SUSAN SHERIDAN as TRILLIAN MARK WING-DAVEY as ZAPHOD BEEBLEBROX
and the voice of STEPHEN MOORE as MARVIN THE PARANOID ANDROID
Live Music Director PHILIP POPE
Based on the novels by DOUGLAS ADAMS
Adapted, written and Directed by DIRK MAGGS
You may think it's a long way down the street to the Chemist
But that's just peanuts to Space ...
THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY became an instant and enduring classic on its launch as a radio series. Now Douglas Adams's immortal creation explodes back into life, re-born in a ground-breaking new stage production touring the UK next summer - a radio show like you never saw before - in surround sound, packed with laughter, robots, really wild sound effects and drinks with extremely silly names.
Members of the legendary Radio and TV casts are re-united for these live performances, led by Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, bringing to life the characters written for them in highlights from the entire Hitchhiker's Saga. They are joined on stage by a series of VIP Guest Voices Of The Book and supporting actors from Hitchhikers in all its Phases, and the 'radio' part of the show isn't a gimmick - each event will be recorded and available to download afterwards, becoming a genuine audio experience the audience can enjoy over and over again.
Directed by Dirk Maggs, Douglas Adams's choice to conclude the narrative in its original medium, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy RADIO SHOW - Live! is an adventure which will introduce newcomers of all ages to Vogons, Babel Fish, Marvin the Paranoid Android and allow them to explore the unique and hilarious Whole General Mish Mash According To Douglas Adams.
Arthur Dent is having a bad day.
His planet has been demolished. He can't find a decent cup of tea.
And he's still wearing his dressing gown.
Douglas Adams's legendary comic sci-fi saga is packed with unique cultural and comedy 'firsts'. It spawned five Bestselling Novels, five award-winning BBC Radio Series, a Television Series and a Blockbuster Movie, not to mention a whole raft of expressions that have entered the English language. Translated into over 30 languages, it was voted Number One Audiobook Ever and the fourth Best Loved Book In Britain. Its unique, irreverent and hilarious views on everything from Tea-making to Towels have won it an ever-growing band of devoted readers, listeners and viewers.
ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
full company of
world premiere new musical & new opening date
DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY
Book by Peter Stone & Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Based on the dramatic play by Alberto Casella
Directed by Doug Hughes
Linda Balgord, Matt Cavenaugh, Mara Davi, Joy Hermalyn, Jay Jaski,
Simon Jones, Rebecca Luker, Patricia Noonan, Julian Ovenden, Jill Paice,
Michael Siberry, Alexandra Socha, Don Stephenson, Max Von Essen
Death Takes a Holiday will begin performances on Friday, June 10, 2011 and open officially on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). Death Takes a Holiday will play a limited engagement through September 4, 2011.
More details and ticket information at:
For those in the U.K., Simon dropped in for a LIVE visit to BBC Radio 3 on Monday, April 25th,
from 9 – 10 a.m. on “Breakfast Monday”. He chatted with host Rob Cowan and shared his five favorite classical selections.
Here’s a link to listen, or for more information:
Next on Simon's schedule was a trip to Hartford, Connecticut, where he appeared in:
The WORLD PREMIERE of
By Michael Kramer
Directed by Michael Wilson
Leonardo da Vinci. Michelangelo. Machiavelli – each with a unique agenda in pursuit of personal riches, great art, and immortality through knowledge, innovation and power back in 1502. Written by noted political journalist Michael Kramer, this captivating story is inspired by a little known meeting of the Renaissance's three greatest minds and the consequences when art is used as a tool for political and personal ambition. Simon will be playing Piero Soderini, (elected gonfaloniere or leader of the Council of the Republic of Florence for life), the man in the middle of these three artists.
Aaron Krohn, Scott Parkinson and Peter Strauss are the other three cast members.
Rehearsals are underway now in New York, and the company will move to Hartford on February 14th. The play will run:
New York, NY (10/19/10) – TACT/The Actors Company Theatre (Scott Alan Evans, Cynthia Harris and Simon Jones, Co-Artistic Directors), the critically-acclaimed company “dedicated to presenting neglected or rarely produced plays of literary merit,” announced today that Simon Jones has had to withdraw from its forthcoming production of The Memorandum. Jones, who is also co-Artistic Director of the company, was scheduled to play the role of Joseph Gross in this comedy by Václav Havel. TACT company member James Prendergast will assume the role. The Memorandum begins previews on October 25th and opens on Thursday, November 4th.
Jones and his son, Tim. were knocked down by a car on Friday, October 8th, while walking home from seeing Brief Encounter. “We had a second ‘brief encounter” but this time with several tons of metal,” he said. Miraculously no bones were broken, but they suffered extensive bruising and abrasions. “I had hoped that I could return to the play after a week’s recuperation, but recovery is going to take longer, and time is running out,” he added.
Scott Alan Evans, Co-Artistic Director said in a statement, “This has certainly been an unlucky turn of events - and we’re terribly sorry that it happened to Simon and Tim and are so thankful neither sustained serious injury. We are lucky, however, to have the extraordinary repertory company of actors we have and were able to go to go to our bench, as it were, and come up with such a great replacement in James Prendergast, who is a long time company member.”
Jones adds, “I couldn’t be more relieved and delighted. He’s the ideal person to take the role, make it his own, and have a great success with it. It’s also proof that TACT, having a standing repertory company of actors, can rely on its members to step up to the plate when an emergency like this arises. Because we’ve all worked together before so often we can work in a sort of shorthand, and he’ll be able very quickly to make up for lost time, in a way a guest performer would find hard to do.”
Does Jones have any words of advice to his successor? “I told him: Go out there, and make me hate you.”
The Memorandum will have the following performance schedule: Monday, Wednesday – Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $36.25 - $56.25 and are available 24/7 through Telecharge.com/212-239-6200 or at the Theatre Row box office (410 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues) between 12pm and 8pm daily