By John Kolvenbach
Sonia Friedman Productions, Robert G Bartner, Boyett Ostar Productions
The European premiere of John Kolvenbach's romantic comedy stars a cast of Hollywood's finest;
Cillian Murphy (BATMAN BEGINS; 28 DAYS LATER, RED EYE, THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY), who recevied as Golden Globe nomination for his performance in BREAKFAST ON PLUTO, plays Beane. Beane's sister Joan is played by Kristen Johnston, who twice won an Emmy for her portrayal of Sally Soloman in 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN. Joan's husband is played by Michael McKean (THIS IS SPINAL TAP, THE PRODUCERS, BEST IN SHOW) and Neve Campbell (star of the SCREAM triolgy, WILD THINGS, THE COMPANY) plays love interest Molly. Fuller biographies below.
Director John Crowley has previously directed Kolvenbach's ON AN AVERAGE DAY at the Comedy Theatre and Martin McDonagh's THE PILLOWMAN at the National Theatre and on Brodway.
Funny, captivating and beautifully moving, John Kolvenbach's LOVE SONG is a rhapsody to the power of love in all its forms.
Neve Campbell, who plays Molly, is best know for playing Sidney Prescott in Wes Craven's hugely successful Scream trilogy. Her most recent film projects include Oliver Parker's Really Hate My Job, Richard Attenborough's Closing the Ring and The Death of Harry Tobin in which she co-stars with Nick Nolte and Tim Roth. Her other film work includes Robert Altman's The Company, Peter Richardson's Churchill as well as Relative Strangers, Panic, Blind Horizon and Drowning Mona. On television her work includes Party of Five and The Canterville Ghost.
Two-time Emmy award-winning Kristen Johnston, who plays Joan, is best known for her portrayal of Sally Solomon in the US TV series 3rd Rock from the Sun and the role of Dr Eve Payton in the award-winning series, ER. Her film work includes the recently completed Music and Lyrics By starring opposite Hugh Grant, as well as Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me playing opposite Mike Myers and as Wilma Flintstone in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. Her theatre work includes As You Like It and Portrait of a Woman for the Atlantic Theatre Company, The Lights for Lincoln Centre, The Women for the Roundabout Theatre Company and Much Ado About Nothing for The Public Theatre.
Grammy award-winning Michael McKean, who plays Harry, first came to fame with a starring role as Lenny in the popular 70's sitcom Laverne & Shirley. He also co-created, composed music for and starred as David St Hubbins in Rob Reiner's classic rock comedy feature film, This is Spinal Tap with Christopher Guest, Reiner and Harry Shearer. McKean also has a featured role in Christopher Guest's new film For Your Consideration directed by Christopher Guest, which will be released in November 2006. McKean's latest projects include co-writing the music for A Mighty Wind, making his Broadway musical comedy debut in the hit musical Hairspray, and starring in Woody Allen's play A Second Hand Memory, followed by the Broadway revival of The Pajama Game. McKean's recent feature film credits include Hopeless Pictures, The Producers, Best in Show, Relative Strangers, The Aristocrats, Auto Focus, Little Nicky, Beautiful, Clint Eastwood's True Crime, Teaching Mrs. Tingle and Mystery Alaska as well as And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself with Antonio Banderas. He also starred in 100 Mile Rule, R. L Stine's Haunted Lighthouse and The Guru. His other numerous film credits include The Brady Bunch Movie and The Big Picture, which McKean co-wrote with Christopher Guest. On television, McKean recently played the waxen Adrian Van Voorhees on Martin Short's Comedy Central series Primetime Glick. His other television credits include a recurring role in Smallville, Boston Legal, Saturday Night Live, Tracey Takes On, Alias, The X Files and Dream On for which McKean also directed episodes.
Beane is played by Golden Globe nominee Cillian Murphy. He has had starring roles in Ken Loach's The Wind that Shakes the Barley - winner of the 2006 Palme d'Or in Cannes, Wes Craven's Red Eye, Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later and Neil Jordan's Breakfast on Pluto. His most recent film work yet to open includes the sci-fi thriller Sunshine, which reunites him with director Danny Boyle. His other film work includes Peter Webber's Girl With a Pearl Earring and Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain. In 2003 John Crowley directed him in Intermission. His theatre work includes Disco Pigs which opened at the Dublin Theatre Festival and then toured extensively. Murphy later starred in the film version. His other theatre work includes The Country Boy, Juno and the Paycock, Playboy of the Western World and The Shape of Things all for the Gaiety Theatre Dublin. He also played Konstantin in Peter Stein's Edinburgh Festival production of The Seagull.