Barrymore, starring Christopher Plummer
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
"Plummer spectacularly confirms his reputation as the finest classical actor of North America. The performance is so skilled both as interpretation and impersonation that it does something remarkable: It puts Barrymore's very style of acting in a richly personal and illuminating context." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times
"Plummer plays every color, nuance, mood and variety of vocal power and body language in his enormous range. The artistry leaves you with your mouth wide open." - Rex Reed, New York Observer
"DAZZLING VIRTUOSITY! Christopher Plummer gives an achingly funny, memorably strong and debonair performance." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times
"CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER IS THE GREATEST LIVING ACTOR IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE." - John Simon, New York Magazine
"ENORMOUS FUN. GLORIOUSLY ENTERTAINING. Plummer plants every line with the clarity of a master and manages to join grace with desperation." - Donald Lyons, The Wall Street Journal.
In 1997, Christopher Plummer opened Barrymore at Broadway's Music Box Theatre. His performance had audiences standing in amazement and showering him with Bravo's. It sent critics searching for superlatives. That year Christopher Plummer won The Tony Award, The Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics' Circle Award. Plummer defined "tour de Force" and "clean sweep." Barrymore, written by the distinguished, award-winning playwright, William Luce, is based on the life of actor John Barrymore. Barrymore was directed by three-time Tony Award winner, Gene Saks. The sets and costumes were created by Santo Loquasto and the lighting designer was Natasha Katz. It seemed to be a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration.
Make that twice...
On January 30, 2010 something very special happened at The Elgin Theatre in Toronto -- Christopher Plummer, stepped into the spotlight for his Legacy Performance of Barrymore. The entire original, creative team had been reunited for only 30 performances in January and February of 2011. And, the Toronto engagement culminated with the production of the film, Barrymore directed by Érik Canuel.
Backstage with Barrymore is a documentary film about the recreation of an incredible piece of theatre history. Our cameras were there from the very beginning of this wonderful journey; there as Luce, Saks and Plummer prepare Barrymore for the stage again; there as Loquasto and Katz make it all happen with designs, set models and stunning graphics. With complete access to the entire process and interviews with each and every one of the people responsible for this epic adventure in theatre and film, Backstage with Barrymore provides intimate and personal interaction with all those who contribute to both the stage production and the film version of Barrymore: The Legacy Performance.
Featuring Christopher Plummer, Gene Saks, William Luce, Érik Canuel, Santo Loquasto, Natasha Katz, John Plumpis, Julie Andrews, Helen Mirren and Zoe Caldwell. All will share great show business and personal stories about an actor who is truly one of the world's greatest.