The celebrated off-Broadway comedy, Around the World in 80 Days, which features five actors in a theatrical tour-de-force playing 39 characters from Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel, will come alive at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., from March 1-22.
Adapted by Mark Brown and perfect for the whole family, this hilarious take on the celebrated novel about explorer Phileas Fogg’s attempt to circumnavigate the world in order to win a bet, is directed by David P. Saar, founder and artistic director for the award-winning Childsplay, and boasts an incredible cast of characters. Along with his man-servant Passepartout, and pursued by the relentless Detective Fix, Phileas races from London through India, the Far East and across the American frontier in a mad scramble of adventures, romances and cliffhangers.
Mark Anders, who last appeared at ATC as the mysterious man with the cream tarts in Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of The Suicide Club and, perhaps most memorably in 2 Pianos 4 Hands, is our hero, Phileas Fogg. He is joined by Jon Gentry as Passepartout; Yolanda London as Aouda; Kyle Sorrell, who skated through the lead role in the recent ATC hit Xanadu, in 16 roles; and ATC favorite Bob Sorenson making his 21st ATC appearance as Detective Fox.
“The stage has always been a perfect place for a good adventure story,” said ATC Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein, “and the adventure stories of Jules Verne have been on stages around the world ever since his novels were first published in the 19th Century. This particular version of Around the World in 80 Days is as speedy as a locomotive racing across America and as ingenious and intricate as Passepartout’s pocketwatch. It is a particular pleasure to welcome to our stage so many wonderful Arizona artists to tell this story. Bring your imaginations to the theatre: they will get a glorious workout.”
The creative team for Around the World in 80 Days includes Carey Wong, set designer; Karen Ledger, costume designer; David Lee Cuthbert, lighting designer; Brian Jerome Peterson, sound designer; Gregory W. Towle, projections designer; Roberta Carlson, composer; Timothy Toothman, stage manager and Glenn Bruner, assistant stage manager.
Tickets for Around the World in 80 Days start at $37, are subject to change depending on time, date and section, and are available at www.arizonatheatre.org or by calling the box office at 622-2823. Discounts are available for seniors and active military. A $10 student ticket pricing is now available for all performances. Half-price rush tickets are available for balcony seating for all performances one hour prior to curtain at the ATC box office (subject to availability). Pay What You Can is March 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this performance are available for a suggested $10 donation and must be purchased starting one hour prior to curtain. Seating is first-come, first. Cash only. (Two tickets maximum per person.) For discounts for groups of 10 or more, call 622-2823.