Irena's Vow with star Tovah Feldshuh

May 17, 2009 7:38:59 AM PDT
The new Broadway show, Irena's Vow, is the uplifting true story about one of the most courageous and unsung heroines of World War II. It stars four-time Tony nominee and three-time Drama Desk Award-winner Tovah Feldshuh. After a triumphant run Off Broadway last fall, Irena's Vow, the new play by Dan Gordon, starring four-time Tony nominee, and three-time Drama Desk Award-winner Tovah Feldshuh, and directed by Michael Parva, moves to Broadway. Irena's Vow is produced on Broadway by Stan Raiff, Daryl Roth, Debra Black, James L. Nederlander/ Terry Allan Kramer and Peter Fine. Irena's Vow marks Ms. Feldshuh's first Broadway appearance since her Tony Award-nominated turn in Golda's Balcony (Broadway's longest-running one-woman show). The complete cast of Irena's Vow includes Sandi Carroll, Tracee Chimo, Steven Hauck, Scott Klavan, Peter Reznikoff, Thomas Ryan, Gene Silvers, John Stanisci and Maja Wampuszyc, all of whom are reprising their performances. Irena's Vow is the uplifting true story about one of the most courageous and unsung heroines of World War II. During the German occupation of Poland, Irena Gut Opdyke (Feldshuh), a Polish Catholic, was forced to work as head housekeeper for a very prominent Nazi major. Over a two year period of service, Irena would risk her own life in order to save the lives of twelve Jewish refugees whom she secretly took under her care. Irena's Vow is the extraordinary story of one woman's choice and the twelve lives that would ultimately be saved - or lost - by her decision. The design team for Irena's Vow includes Kevin Judge (Scenic Design), David Castaneda (Lighting Design), Astrid Brucker (Costume Design), Quentin Chiappetta (Sound Design/Composer) and Alex Koch (Projection Design).

The performance schedule for Irena's Vow is as follows: Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday - Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Wednesday & Saturday at 2:00 p.m., Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $41.00 - $98.00 and are available at the box office of the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48 Street), by visiting or by calling (212) 239-6200. A limited number of front row student tickets will be available for purchase at the box office for $25.00. Tickets are available the day of the performance when the box office opens and require a valid student I.D. (2 tickets per I.D., cash only).

TOVAH FELDSHUH (Irena Gut Opdyke). For her work on the New York stage, from Yentl to Golda's Balcony, Tovah Feldshuh has earned four Tony nominations for Best Actress and won four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Obie, the Theatre World Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress. With Ms. Feldshuh, Golda's Balcony became the longest-running one-woman show in Broadway history. She went on to play London's West End and continues to perform it around the world. Other Broadway credits include Cyrano (debut), Rodgers and Hart, Dreyfus In Rehearsal, Saravá and Lend Me a Tenor. Ms. Feldshuh portrayed the title roles in Roundabout Theatre's She Stoops To Conquer, Mistress Of The Inn and BAM's Three Sisters. Off Broadway, she starred as Tallulah Bankhead in her own Tallulah Hallelujah!, Diana Vreeland in Full Gallop, Jean Brodie in The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie, Sarah Bernhardt, Stella Adler, Sophie Tucker, Katharine Hepburn, three queens of Henry VIII and nine Jews from birth to death in Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk Nomination). Her film credits include Kissing Jessica Stein, (Golden Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress), A Walk On The Moon, Happy Accidents, The Corrupter, Daniel, The Idolmaker, Brewster's Millions, Cheaper to Keep Her, Three Little Wolfs, Friends and Family, Old Love, Nunzio, The Believer and Toll Booth (winner, Best Supporting Actress - Method Fest 2005). Most recently, she appeared in Lady in the Water opposite Paul Giamatti and Just My Luck with Lindsay Lohan. Films to be released: Mount of Olives with F. Murray Abraham, O Jerusalem with Sir Ian Holm, in which she plays Golda Meir, Love Life, Baker, Eavesdrop, Buddy Gilbert Comes Alive and Ten Stories Tall. Her first Emmy nomination came for her portrayal of Helena the Czech freedom fighter in NBC's "Holocaust" and her second for her work on "Law & Order" as defense attorney Danielle Melnick. Tovah: Out Of Her Mind!, Ms. Feldshuh's one woman show, sold out in London's West End and was selected by the Boston Globe as the best one-person show of the year. Mining Golda: My Journey to Golda Meir, her second concert, has played worldwide. At San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, where she won two Drama-Logue Awards and was named Associate Artist, she served as leading lady for director Jack O'Brien in Romeo and Juliet, Two Gentlemen Of Verona, Measure For Measure, The Country Wife and Tovah: A Rush Hour Revue. Ms. Feldshuh, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, won the McKnight Fellowship in acting to the Guthrie Theater. She has taught at Yale, Cornell and New York Universities and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in June 2005. She supports Seeds Of Peace, a non-profit, non-political organization that helps teenagers from regions of conflict. She is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitas Award and the Israel Peace Medal. Ms. Feldshuh is married to New York attorney, Andrew Harris Levy. They have two children, Garson Brandon and Amanda Claire.

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