No one forgets their first love…
Andrew Makepeace Ladd III wrote his first letter to Melissa Gardner to tell her she looked like a lost princess. They were both seven years old. For the next fifty years, through personal triumphs and despair, through wars and marriages and children and careers, they poured out the secrets of their hearts to each other. They defied a fate that schemed to keep them apart, and lived – through letters – for the one most meaningful thing, their undying love for each other.
See your favorite stars including Brian Dennehy, Mia Farrow, Carol Burnett, Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg, Anjelica Huston, Martin Sheen and so many more brilliant talents to be announced. Directed by Gregory Mosher and written by celebrated playwright A.R. Gurney. An enduring romance about first loves and second chances comes to Broadway.
A.R. Gurney has been writing plays for quite a while. Besides Love Letters, his more familiar ones are The Dining Room, The Cocktail Hour, Sylvia and Ancestral Voices. He taught literature at M.I.T. for many years before turning to writing full time. Besides plays, Gurney has written three novels, two opera librettos, and several efforts for TV. Most of his plays have been produced off-Broadway by such theater organizations as Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center, Primary Stages, and the Flea Theater in Tribeca. He has received a number of professional awards, along with honorary degrees from Williams College and Buffalo State University. As a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he is the father of four children, eight grandchildren, and has been married to his wife Molly for fifty-seven years.
Gregory Mosher is the former Director of Lincoln Center Theater, Artistic Director of the Goodman Theatre, and the producer or director of nearly 200 plays at those theaters – on Broadway and in London’s West End.
John Lee Beatty has designed premieres of A.R. Gurney’s A Cheever Evening, The Middle Ages, Big Bill, Crazy Mary, What I Did Last Summer, the original Love Letters, and director Gregory Mosher’s productions of plays by Arthur Miller, Elaine May, and David Mamet. This past summer he designed Much Ado About Nothing and King Lear in Central Park. Designer of 110 Broadway Productions, Mr. Beatty has received multiple Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Obie Awards and is in the Theater Hall of Fame.
Designed over 100 productions on Broadway in a career that spans 50 years including Act One, A Delicate Balance, The Heiress, The Sisters Rosenszweig, Assembled Parties, View From a Bridge, Harvey, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Scarlett Pimpernel, Plenty, The Ballad of the Sad Café, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Burton’s Hamlet. Off-Broadway: Belle Epoque, Man of No Importance, Burn This, The Lisbon Traviata. Film: Arthur, Glengarry Glen Ross, Oleanna. Awards: 18 Tony noms., Theater Hall of Fame, Tony Lifetime Achievement Award, Irene Sharaff Award. Yale School of Drama Faculty. First worked with Gregory Mosher in Our Town.ions, Irene Sharaff Award. Yale School of Drama faculty.
Broadway: More than 50 plays and musicals including The Country House, Beautiful-the Carole King Musical, No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot, The Assembled Parties, Nice Work…, Wit, Venus in Fur, Anything Goes, A View from the Bridge, Grey Gardens, The Producers, Contact, Steel Pier. Extensive Off-Broadway, resident and regional credits. Opera: Met, San Francisco, Houston Grand, Santa Fe, St. Louis, Seattle. Abroad: Royal Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera/North, Maggio Florence, L’Arena di Verona, La Fenice, Bonn, Lisbon. Awards: Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Dramalogue, Hewes.
Work with Gregory Mosher includes The Guardsman (Kennedy Center), That Championship Season and A View From the Bridge. He received the first Tony for sound for the 2008 revival of South Pacific. Recent work: Raisin in the Sun, Betrayal, The Apple Family Plays, Lucky Guy, Chaplin (Drama Desk), Death of a Salesman, Finian’s Rainbow, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, the long running revival of Chicago. Music projects include Loudon Wainwright’s Grammy winning “High Wide and Handsome” and Meredith Monk’s “Mercy.”
Broadway/Tours: An American in Paris, Honeymoon in Vegas, The Last Ship, This is Our Youth, If/Then, Motown, Kinky Boots, Rock of Ages, Wicked, Newsies, Evita, Million Dollar Quartet. Off-Broadway: Piece of My Heart, Atlantic, MCC, 2nd Stage, Signature. Regional: A.R.T., Dallas Theater Center, Goodman, La Jolla, New York Stage and Film, Paper Mill, Signature. Film: The Intern, Focus, Into the Woods, Song One, The Last Five Years. TV: “Flesh and Bone,” “Peter Pan Live!,” “Penny Dreadful,” “Masters of Sex,” commercials. www.telseyandco.com
Over 65 Broadway productions and tours. Recent: It’s Only A Play, You Can’t Take It With You,Lady Day, Realistic Joneses, Aladdin, Of Mice and Men, All The Way, Mothers and Sons, The Bridges of Madison County, After Midnight, Cinderella, Newsies. HTA is a member of Neil A. Mazzella’s HUDSON family which includes Hudson Scenic Studio. Joining Neil on the HTA team are Sam Ellis and Irene Wang.
Associate Director: Driving Miss Daisy, Australian Tour with Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines. Broadway: All The Way, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, The Normal Heart, Driving Miss Daisy, Enron, Reasons To Be Pretty, August: Osage County, Talk Radio, Enchanted April. West End: Driving Miss Daisy. Writer and Producer for some of the best-loved names in Educational Media, including: “PBS KIDS,” “Sesame Street,” “WordWorld,” “Kratts’ Creatures” and “PBS KIDS Share A Story.”
Broadway: The Trip to Bountiful, Stickfly, Time Stands Still, American Buffalo, Moon for the Misbegotten, The Blonde in the Thunderbird, Sly Fox, Fortune’s Fool and Voices in the Dark; Off Broadway: Adult Entertainment, Showtune, Mr. Goldwyn, Madame Melville and The Unexpected Man. For GMHC, produced benefit concerts of Anyone Can Whistle, Jubilee and Showstoppers! at Carnegie and Avery Fisher Hall. Member Broadway League, ATPAM; graduate of Yale College. www.peterbogyo.com.
Broadway: The Trip To Bountiful, The Performers, One Man Two Guvnors, Chinglish, Once, The Scottsboro Boys, Wicked, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, The Color Purple, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Pirate Queen. National Tours: Wicked, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Dolittle, The King & I. Thank you Eric.
Sixty-plus productions on B’way, touring, Off-B’way and West End including Dracula, The Elephant Man, Morning’s at Seven, Mass Appeal, Amadeus, Nicholas Nickleby, Sly Fox (revival), American Buffalo (revival), Little House on the Prairie, Time Stands Still, Ghetto Klown, Stick Fly, The Trip to Bountiful (revival). Professional awards include five Tonys, two Obies, two NY Drama Critics Awards, numerous film/TV awards. She is developing Stick Fly as a one-hour series for HBO. The Trip to Bountiful opens the 2014-15 season at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in September and moves to Boston in late November.
Barbara Broccoli is the daughter of Albert R. ‘Cubby’ Broccoli, the legendary James Bond film producer. Barbara has produced the past seven Bond films with her brother Michael G. Wilson. Her theatre credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London 2002 followed by Broadway 2005), A Steady Rain (Broadway 2009), Once – A New Musical on Broadway (2012) and currently in London, Chariots of Fire (London 2012) and Strangers On A Train (London 2013).
New York: Once; Orphans; A Steady Rain; That Championship Season; Lucky Guy; The Farnsworth Invention; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; ‘night Mother; King Hedley II; On Golden Pond; The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel; Death and the Maiden; Hurlyburly; Angels in America; Private Lives; Caroline, or Change; Frozen; The Goat; Our Country’s Good; Butley; The Hairy Ape; Buried Child; Talk Radio; Marvin’s Room; Oleanna; Goose and Tomtoms; Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll. London: Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Glengarry Glen Ross; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Breaking the Silence; Camille; The Cryptogram. Mr. Zollo has produced several films including Best Picture Oscar nominees Mississippi Burning and Quiz Show.
Broadway credits include: Lucky Guy, Chinglish, Arcadia, La Cage Aux Folles, American Idiot, Lend Me A Tenor, A View from the Bridge, The 39 Steps, The Seagull, 13, Guys & Dolls and Off-Broadway: The 39 Steps, Fault Lines. London: Urinetown the Musical, The Ladykillers, The Sunshine Boys, The Children’s Hour, Sweet Charity, The Little Dog Laughed, Arcadia, Marguerite. U.S. Tour: The 39 Steps. U.K. Tour: The Ladykillers.
Michael G. Wilson began his producing career in 1976 working with Cubby Broccoli on The Spy Who Loved Me. He co-produced seven film releases with his sister Barbara Broccoli, most recently Skyfall. His theatre credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London 2002 followed by Broadway 2005), A Steady Rain (Broadway 2009), Once – A New Musical on Broadway (2012) and currently in London, Chariots of Fire (London 2012) and Strangers On A Train (London 2013).
Broadway: current revival of You Can’t Take It With You, John Tiffany’s acclaimed 2013/14 revival of The Glass Menagerie, Rocky, Big Fish. London: Strangers on A Train. Regional: produced ten seasons, over 140 productions and six transfers to Broadway, as Executive Director/Producer at The Old Globe, San Diego.
Colleen Camp is an actress-producer known for Apocalypse Now, American Hustle, Four Christmases, Palo Alto, In Good Company, Election, Die Hard III, Wayne’s World, Clue, Police Academy 2 & 4, Sliver, They All Laughed, Valley Girl, Game of Death, Death Game, Smile, Funny Girl, “Mob City,” “Rake,” “Entourage,” “House,” “Roseanne.” She produced and acted in American Rhapsody, HBO’s Creature Features, Eli Roth’s upcoming Knock Knock, and Lake Mead. In addition: She’s Funny That Way & Truth About Lies. Her theatre productions include “Room 105” (Los Angeles 2012) and “Stranger’s on a Train” (London 2013-2014).
Kenneth Teaton is an award winning film and television producer. His recent Broadway theatre credits are The Trip to Bountiful (Tony Award Nominee), Stick Fly, Ghetto Klown, Time Stands Still, American Buffalo and the national tour of Little House on the Prairie, as well as A Mother, A Daughter and A Gun (Off-Broadway) and Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (West End). He serves on the board of Amas Musical Theatre and is a member of The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He also served as a consultant to NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting.
Tony and Olivier award-winning producer. Kinky Boots, Spring Awakening, Annie Get Your Gun, Chita Rivera: A Dancer’s Life, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (London), Matilda, Mark Rylance: 12th Night, The River (Investor). Broadway Pixie Judy Troupe family musicals with Rodgers & Hammerstein Music Library. Full bio: Americantheaterwing.org Advisory Committee.
Broadway: Little Women, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Bridge & Tunnel, Spring Awakening, 39 Steps, Passing Strange, Promises Promises, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, A Christmas Story. Off-Broadway: Acclaimed Buyer & Cellar, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Housewives of Mannheim, Shout. Boards: NJ Rep, Girl Be Heard League of Professional Theatre Women.
Broadway: Cinderella, Clybourne Park (Tony), Stickfly, How To Succeed…, Memphis (Tony), The Miracle Worker, The Norman Conquests (Tony). Upcoming: Honeymoon In Vegas, Chix 6, The King’s Speech. Film: On Coal River, Girl Most Likely, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete. Upcoming: Tadaima, Life of An Actress, A Reason to Die.
Elliott Masie bridges the exciting worlds of Broadway and Corporate Learning. Theater: American in Paris, It’s Only a Play, Kinky Boots, Allegiance, Macbeth, Buyer & Cellar, Godspell, The Trip to Bountiful and Bridges of Madison County. CD’s: Telly Leung and Lindsay Mendez. Production Partner: Cathy DiMiceli Masie. www.elliottmasie.com
Producing: Finian’s Rainbow (Tony & Drama Desk nominations – Best Musical Revival), All About Me. Advertising: Over 250 Broadway and Off-B’way productions including Proof, Driving Miss Daisy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Glengarry Glen Ross, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Journey’s End, Nine (revival), Sweet Sue, Forbidden Broadway, The Fantasticks. Photography: www.jonbierman.com
Scott Lane makes his Broadway producing debut after a 20 year career in non-profit theatre, civic, educational, and real estate development. Film: Cinema Purgatorio (Executive Producer). Scott earned his MFA in Theatre Management from Columbia University and currently serves as President of the Board of Pure Theatre in Charleston, SC.
Joseph Sirola has starred in more than 600 TV shows, films and on Broadway in Molly Brown, Pal Joey and Golden Rainbow. WSJ named him “King of the Voiceovers,” having recorded 10,000+ commercials. His one-man piece, Shakespeare’s Ages of Man, is continually successful. Producing Credits: Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Trip to Bountiful, Stick Fly and Time Stands Still.
Lily Fan, Jacki Barlia Florin, Dennis Grimaldi, Ken & Trish Mahoney, Robert Sher, Mark Zimmerman their Tony, Pulitzer, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Award winning productions include; Jesus Christ Superstar, Chinglish, Bullets Over Broadway, Scottsboro Boys, A Gentleman’s Guide, Angel’s in America, Pippin, Porgy & Bess, How to Succeed, Ghost, among others.
Jonathan Demar and Jeffrey Solis have independently been involved with numerous productions both off and on Broadway. Love Letters marks their first joint project as producers.