Already closed | 1h 45m | East Village

LUNT AND FONTANNE: The Celestials of Broadway (FringeNYC)

From 11 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Absorbing, Delightful

About the show

Part of FringeNYC: Meet the most famous forgotten actor-couple in theater history, Lunt and Fontanne, played by a real actor-couple. This fast-paced new play covers their extraordinary partnership, from the 1920s through WWII and the 1950s, with cameos by Olivier, Coward and Brando. More…

Categories: Drama, Comedy, Local. From TBE Theatrical. Written by Mark E. Lang. Directed by Owen Thompson.

In LUNT AND FONTANNE: THE CELESTIALS OF BROADWAY, Mark E. Lang’s new stage play about the Lunts, today’s audiences get a chance to meet Alfred and Lynn, explore their life on and off the stage, see them perform scenes from their favorite plays– including Shakespeare’s TAMING OF THE SHREW and Molnar’s THE GUARDSMAN; interact with famous friends such as Noel Coward and Laurence Olivier; and share their experiences on Broadway, in London during World War II and on tour.

Playing the Lunts (and multiple roles) are New York based actors ALISON MURPHY and MARK E. LANG, also a married couple who have worked together on stage and on camera for years. They bring to these roles their own experience plus years of extensive research into the Lunts’ lives and work.

1h 45m | Already closed | 64E4 MAINSTAGE (East Village)

Member Reviews (11)


Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Absorbing, Delightful
Avg Score

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Excellent performances help greatly to overcome paint-by-numbers script & insipid direction; but a worthy intro into Lunt/Fontanne lives

Don't see it if Limited knowledge of Lunt/Fontanne career; not a theatre history geek

Absorbing, Great acting, Moving, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You care about the Golden Years of Broadway or this couple. They transformed into the Lunts right before my eyes--glorious! Good history!

Don't see it if You don't care about theatrical history, or the Lunts, or the impact of the WW I&II on theatre and these people. Almost 2 hours flew by!

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if You are fascinated with the history of great theatre, clever book and relationships between full time actors and real life spouses

Don't see it if You do not appreciate an historical play about a famous singing Broadway couple that is not a musical or lacks set and many characters

Entertaining, Great acting, Romantic, Original, Educational

See it if want to learn more about this famous theatrical couple played by a married couple who choose key moments to dramatize for our enjoyment.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in learning more about the famous Lunt/Fontannes and their rise to theatrical fame.

Intelligent, Entertaining, Confusing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you enjoy historical plays and great chemistry between the leads.

Don't see it if are not a fan of historical plays.

Cliched, Confusing, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy Hollywood lore, simple staging

Don't see it if Get confused when actors unnecessarily change characters or don't like to watch actors lacking in the needed charisma to play legends

Romantic, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You want to re-live the stories of two of the all-time great actors of the New York and world stage.

Don't see it if you

Funny, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You love old time actors histories.

Don't see it if You're very young

Delightful, Great acting

See it if It was an invitation to a special period on Broadway, with delightful acting, and reflections on their personal lives.

Don't see it if If you don't want to learn the joys of theatre when you are the toast of Broadway, and the sadness when the next wave comes along.

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if You want to meet two theater greats you never knew, and see how their lives and relationship were woven into their acting. Very smartly done

Don't see it if You don't have patience to let things unfold.

Enchanting, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Original

See it if Beautifully acted, this gem of a theater piece is a 90 minute love letter to perhaps the greatest acting couple in US history, the Lunts.

Don't see it if You don't care for great acting.

August 18th, 2016
“In Mark W. Lang’s bioplay, Alison Murphy is lovely and expressive as Fontanne; Lang, her real-life husband, captures Lunt’s insecurities without demonstrating the great charisma he must have had...But Lang’s script is burdened with clichés and clumsy exposition...It makes one long for a play tha...
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August 21st, 2016
“While ‘Lunt and Fontanne’ is a fine and concise review of their careers for people who have never heard of them, Murphy and Lang make them seem more superficial than necessary. The Lunts’ famous use of overlapping dialogue can be seen in their film of ‘The Guardsman’. Murphy and Lang often...
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August 21st, 2016
"At times, 'Lunt and Fontanne' feels more like reading an autobiography than seeing a play, but overall the show is appealing and humorous. And Murphy and Lang certainly have undeniable chemistry, perhaps because they are a real life husband-wife acting duo, just like their characters. 'Lunt and ...
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August 24th, 2016
"The era of the grand actors is long over and it is difficult to create these two in particular without seeming exaggerated or unreal, a major problem that neither Mr. Lang as Alfred Lunt nor his co-star Alison Murphy were able to overcome. Where it should have effervesced, it bogged down in a sm...
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