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NY musical duo "The Skivvies" to join Huntington Theatre Company's Calderwood Pavilion 10th anniversary celebration September 29th

(BOSTON) – The Skivvies, the “hot musical duo specializing in unexpected arrangements, incongruous mashups, and, of course, highly toned displays of skin” (The New York Times), will entertain the Huntington Theatre Company’s invited guests on Monday, September 29 at the rededication of the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. They replace the previously announced Lea DeLaria who had to withdraw unexpectedly due to a scheduling conflict.

With Lauren Molina (Cunegonde in the Huntington’s acclaimed 2011 production of Candide) on cello and Nick Cearley on ukulele, the Skivvies were called the “most playful performers” by People magazine in its “Most Talked about Bodies of 2014 issue. Wall Street Journal says, “While indeed young and precocious, both performers are equally smart, with a sophisticated appreciation of all music genres that allows them to pull something off so rather ingenious,” and Perez Hilton calls them “A MUST-see. Repeatedly!!!”

The event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Huntington’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA will begin with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a private rededication ceremony and celebration. The Calderwood Pavilion is the Huntington’s home for new play development and provides a much-needed resource for the local theatre community by offering a world-class facility and services at rates subsidized by the Huntington to dozens of Boston’s small and mid-sized theatre companies.

Members of the media are invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony and the rededication program on Monday, September 29 at 5:30pm at 527 Tremont Street.  For complimentary tickets, please rsvp to Director of Marketing Temple Gill at tgill@huntingtontheatre.bu.edu.   

Named #3 on Boston.com’s “Biggest Arts Stories of the Decade” (December 2009), the opening of the Calderwood Pavilion marked the first new theatre to be built in Boston in more than 75 years, and helped to revitalize city’s South End neighborhood and make it a “new cultural hub” for the arts. In its recent report, The ArtsFactor, ArtsBoston commended the Calderwood Pavilion for being a model of collaboration, acknowledging, “The Calderwood Pavilion has hosted thousands of performances and events by more than 90 different organizations. In addition to having a positive impact on the Boston arts scene, the Calderwood has helped catalyze the development of the South End into one of Boston’s most desirable and dynamic neighborhoods.”

“The work we do at the Calderwood — creating an audience for new and innovative theatre and assisting the dozens of small and emerging theatre companies for purposes ranging from first auditions to full productions — remains just as challenging and rewarding as it was that very first season,” says Huntington Managing Director Michael Maso, who led the Huntington’s 10-year drive to open the Calderwood Pavilion. He was named the Boston Herald’s 2004 Man of the Year in recognition of his efforts. “Thanks to the vision of then-Mayor Thomas Menino, the collaborative spirit of developer Ron Druker, and the leadership at the Boston Center for the Arts, we replaced an empty parking lot with a vibrant space that is used to capacity nearly every day of the year,” says Maso.

“The Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA has been a game-changer for SpeakEasy,” says SpeakEasy Stage Company Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault. “It has brought thousands of new visitors to the South End and provided us with a beautiful new home and expanded opportunities. The entire Boston theatre community and our audiences are richer having this fantastic facility in our city.”

Following the public ribbon-cutting, the private rededication program will include remarks from the building’s benefactors, beneficiaries, and affiliated artists, a performance by SpeakEasy Stage Company from [title of show], and several numbers by The Skivvies. The evening concludes with a private celebration throughout the building.

FACTS AND FIGURES

From when it opened in 2004 through July 2014, the Calderwood Pavilion hosted:

  • Nearly 750,000 audience members
  • 4,168 performances
  • 316 productions
  • 153 performing arts organizations who have used the building for auditions, classes, rehearsals, and productions
  • 393,260 sold tickets on behalf of small and emerging theatre companies
  • 24 Huntington world and regional premieres
  • The development and world premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist Sons of the Prophet by Stephen Karam and regional premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo, both developed and directed by Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois.

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and named Best of Boston 2013 and 2014 by Boston magazine, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premiere cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso and in residence at Boston University, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.

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