Standup comedian Matt Iseman will star in the hilarious new multimedia one-man show, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus Live!, which will debut at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1st, in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium as part of the critically acclaimed Broadway Series South series. The play is based on the 1992 New York Times bestseller Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: A Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationships by relationship counselor John Gray, Ph.D., which has sold more than 50 million copies in 50 languages.
“This one-man comedy show began in the Netherlands, and has expanded into Germany and France” reports producer Gregory J. Hagglund of Emery Entertainment, Inc. of St. Louis, MO. He adds, “We have secured the rights to the show for the U.S. and Canada for the next few years, and we’ve hired scriptwriters to freshen up and Americanize the show.”
Hagglund also notes, “It is estimated that over a million people have seen the show in Europe. It just keeps selling out in Paris night after night after night.”
He says the show consists of a series of vivid vignettes. “They are slices of life,” says Hagglund.
Vignettes include a man going out on a date night with his wife, the trials and tribulations of finding a babysitter, and locating a parking space close enough to the theater, so the wind won’t wreak havoc with the wife’s hairdo.
Written by Eric Coble, directed Broadway veteran Mindy Cooper, and produced by Gregory Hagglund and Paul Emery for Emery Entertainment, the North American tour of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus Live! runs just 90 minutes, including intermission. It showcases the animation and video-production skills of Bazillion Productions of Kansas City, MO; and dramaturg Monique Marvez is another key member of the show’s creative team.
“Matt [Iseman] is very dynamic and has a great personality,” claims Gregory Hagglund. “I think he’s going to do wonders for this show for us.”
Born on Jan. 22, 1971 in Denver, CO, Iseman earned a B.S. degree with honors from Princeton University in Princeton, NJ and an M.D. degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY. The athletic 41-year-old 6’3″ actor, comedian, and TV host returned to Denver to do his residency and an internship in internal medicine at the University of Colorado Hospital; but the theater bug bit him hard and he moved to Los Angeles, CA. According to his Facebook bio, Iseman is currently the “host of [television’s] ‘American Ninja Warrior,’ ‘Invisible,’ ‘Dumbest Stuff on Wheels,’ ‘Sports Soup,’ and ‘Clean House.’ …”
Producer Gregory Hagglund says that Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus Live! employs the principles of John Gray’s book to open the eyes — and clear the path to communication — of couples of all ages who are in moribund relationships.
“There will definitely be some takeaways from this show,” says Hagglund. “If it helps a couple to laugh at themselves and improve their relationship, that’s good, too.”
He adds, “There are some unique interactive visuals in the show, as well as Matt Iseman. They take up the whole stage. Even though there’s just Matt onstage, the show seems much bigger than that.”
Hagglund says, “The book is such a pop-culture phenomenon. The Mars/Venus series has sold in excess of 50 million copies worldwide… It was a transformational book in our country and in our society…. [We hope] people see themselves onstage [in this play] and laugh at themselves, which is more important.”
Gregory Hagglund is excited about debuting Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus Live! in Raleigh.
“We are honored to be able to open the show in Raleigh,” he claims. “… [The residents of] Raleigh [are] really a good cross-section of America; but the first and foremost thing is that [Broadway Series South general manager] Jim Lavery and his team … are a good and professional team of marketers.”
Hagglund is also happy that it has been possible to scale down the tickets to the show, to make it accessible to more people.” With ticket prices running from $22 to $32 when purchased at the Duke Energy Center box office, and only slightly more when bought online, Hagglund says, Triangle theatergoers will get great value for their entertainment dollars.
SECOND OPINION: Jan. 7th New York, NY BroadwayWorld.com preview by the BWW News Desk: http://raleigh.broadwayworld.com/article/MEN-ARE-FROM-MARS-WOMEN-ARE-FROM-VENUS-LIVE-Comes-to-Raleigh-21-20130107.
Broadway Series South presents MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS LIVE!, starring Matt Iseman, at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601.
TICKETS: $29.60-$40.90 (including fees).
Duke Energy Center Box Office: 919-996-8700 or firstname.lastname@example.org (information only).
Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115203/804036.
VIDEO PREVIEW: http://vimeo.com/58431567.
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus(book): http://www.harpercollins.com/book/index.aspx?isbn=9780060168483 (HarperCollins) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men_Are_from_Mars,_Women_Are_from_Venus (Wikipedia).
Book Excerpt: http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780060168483 (HarperCollins).
John Gray: MMM (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gray_(U.S._author) (Wikipedia). Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus Live! (play): https://www.facebook.com/MarsVenusLIVE (official website).
Mindy Cooper: http://broadwayworld.com/people/Mindy-Cooper/ (BroadwayWorld.com).
Emery Entertainment, Inc.: http://emeryentertainment.com/ (official website).
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