‘The Subject Was Roses’ Opens At Bay Street

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Bridget Everett, Andy Cohen, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Matthew Broderick. Photo by Barry Gordin

On Saturday, June 1, Bay Street Theater held the much-anticipated opening of the Pulitzer Prize-winning, timeless family drama “The Subject Was Roses” by Frank D. Gilroy. The show brought out a star-studded audience and garnered a hearty standing ovation. Bay Street’s first Mainstage production of the season is directed by multi-Tony Award-winning director Scott Wittman and stars the Balsam-Slattery family of John Slattery as John Cleary, wife Talia Balsam as Nettie Cleary, both of “Mad Men” fame, and their son Harry Slattery as Timmy Cleary.

Patti LuPone, Scott Schwartz, and Tracy Mitchell. Photo by Barry Gordin

Audience members included Bay Street’s Board of Trustees Chairman Steven Todrys and his wife Karol, Broadway stars including Director Scott Wittman, Patti LuPone, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick and their family, Nathan Lane, Bridget Everett, Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shiaman, Howard McGillin, Fred and Nancy Lyn Thiele, Director Kenneth Lonergan, actor J. Smith Cameron, Frederico Azevedo, and many more.

Like roses, family relationships are beautiful but thorny. This two-time Tony Award-winning play is a poignant drama set in The Bronx in 1946 about the emotional struggles and hidden tensions within a family as their son returns from service in WWII. As they confront their past and present, the play explores enduring themes of reconciliation and the fragility of love.

The show runs through June 16. Single-performance tickets are currently available starting at $45 or as part of a subscription to Bay Street’s Mainstage Season. Visit baystreet.org.

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