Garth Kravits, Peter Flynn, Mark Lotito, Andrea Burns, Andrea Bianchi, Jonathan Spivey, Willy Holtzman and Laura Jordan. Photo by Lia Chang

SMART BLONDE Celebrates Opening Night

59E59 Theaters presents the New York premiere of Smart Blonde written by Willy Holtzman and directed by Peter Flynn. Produced by MBL Productions and Mary J. Davis in association with Judith Manocherian LLC. The four-member cast features the luminous Andréa Burns (Broadway’s On Your Feet! and In the Heights) as Judy Holliday, with Andrea Bianchi (Curvy Widow at Westside Theater), Mark Lotito (Broadway’s Jersey Boys), and Jonathan Spivey (Summer in Smoke with Transport Group). Scroll down for photos from the opening night party on March 26th at Bloom’s Tavern NYC.

Peter Flynn, Mark Lotito, Andrea Burns, Andrea Bianchi, Jonathan Spivey, Willy Holtzman. Photo by Lia Chang
Peter Flynn, Mark Lotito, Andréa Burns, Andrea Bianchi, Jonathan Spivey, Willy Holtzman. Photo by Lia Chang

In New York City, star Judy Holliday lays down a series of tracks about her rise to fame amidst the politics of the 1950s. Memory and song converge as the “dumb blonde” with a genius IQ charts her experiences from Greenwich Village to Broadway and beyond with notable show business alums, including Leonard Bernstein and Marilyn Monroe.

Andrea Burns. Photo by Lia Chang
Andréa Burns. Photo by Lia Chang

The design team includes Tony Ferrieri (scenic design); Alan Edwards (lighting design); Michael McDonald (costume design); Joanna Lynne Staub (sound design); and J. Jared Janas (hair and wig design). The Production Stage Manager is Stephanie Clark, with Assistant Stage Managers Jaclyn Lusardi, Stephanie Clark, Tyler Danhaus.

Peter Flynn, Andrea Burns and Willy Holtzman. Photo by Lia Chang
Peter Flynn, Andréa Burns and Willy Holtzman. Photo by Lia Chang

Smart Blonde began performances March 16, 2019 for a limited engagement through Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). The performance schedule is Tuesday – Friday at 7:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM & 7:15 PM; Sunday at 2:15 PM. Tickets are priced at $25 – $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call the 59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 or visit www.59e59.org

 Andrea Burns. Photo by Lia Chang
Andréa Burns. Photo by Lia Chang
Hudson Flynn, Richard Burns, Andrea Burns, Leda Burns, Peter Flynn. Photo by Lia Chang
Hudson Flynn, Richard Burns, Andréa Burns, Leda Burns, Peter Flynn. Photo by Lia Chang
Frank Burns, Andrea Burns and Leda Burns. Photo by Lia Chang
Frank Burns, Andréa Burns and Leda Burns. Photo by Lia Chang
David Pittu and Andrea Burns. Photo by Lia Chang
David Pittu and Andréa Burns. Photo by Lia Chang
Andrea Burns, Garth Kravits and Andrea Bianci. Photo by Lia Chang
Andréa Burns, Garth Kravits and Andrea Bianchi. Photo by Lia Chang
Andrea Bianci and her husband, John Wooten and their son. Photo by Lia Chang
Andrea Bianchi and her husband, John Wooten and their son, Jack Wooten. Photo by Lia Chang
Jacob Schott, Stephanie Clark, Jaclyn Lusardi and Tyler Danhaus. Photo by Lia Chang
Jacob Schott, Stephanie Clark, Jaclyn Lusardi and Tyler Danhaus. Photo by Lia Chang
 Jaclyn Lusardi, Stephanie Clark, and Tyler Danhaus. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaclyn Lusardi, Stephanie Clark, and Tyler Danhaus. Photo by Lia Chang
Stephanie Clark, Garth Kravits and Jacob Schott. Photo by Lia Chang
Stephanie Clark, Garth Kravits and Jacob Schott. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits, Mark Lotito and Jonathan Spivey. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits, Mark Lotito and Jonathan Spivey. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Lia Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Lia Chang.
Laura Jordan and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Laura Jordan and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Joey Monda, Mary J. Davis, Frankie Dailey. Photo by Lia Chang
Joey Monda, Mary J. Davis, Frankie Dailey. Photo by Lia Chang
Judith Manocherian, Garth Kravits, Mark Lotito, Peter Flynn, Andrea Burns, Mary J. Davis, Jonathan Spivey, Andrea Bianchi, Willy Holtzman, Laura Jordan. Photo by Lia Chang
Judith Manocherian, Garth Kravits, Mark Lotito, Peter Flynn, Andréa Burns, Mary J. Davis, Jonathan Spivey, Andrea Bianchi, Willy Holtzman, Laura Jordan. Photo by Lia Chang
Peter Flynn, Andrea Burns, Hudson Flynn. Photo by Lia Chang
Peter Flynn, Andréa Burns, Hudson Flynn. Photo by Lia Chang
Jonathan Spivey, Andrea Bianci and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chan
Jonathan Spivey, Andrea Bianchi and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Peter Flynn and Andrea Burns. Photo by Lia Chang
Peter Flynn and Andréa Burns. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Willy Holtzman. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Willy Holtzman. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits, Peter Flynn, Mark Lotito, Andrea Burns, Andrea Bianchi, Jonathan Spivey, Willy Holtzman and Laura Jordan. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits, Peter Flynn, Mark Lotito, Andréa Burns, Andrea Bianchi, Jonathan Spivey, Willy Holtzman and Laura Jordan. Photo by Lia Chang
Andrea Bianchi. Photo by Lia Chang
Andrea Bianchi. Photo by Lia Chang
Andrea Burns and Andrea Bianchi. Photo by Lia Chang
Andréa Burns and Andrea Bianchi. Photo by Lia Chang
Andrea Burns. Photo by Lia Chang
Andréa Burns. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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