PANTOLIANO AND BART JOIN CAST OF CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY – Long Wharf Theatre

Joe Pantoliano, best known for his role as Ralph Cifaretto on “The Sopranos,” and Tony Award-winner Roger Bart, who recently played Dr. Frankenstein in Young Frankensteinon Broadway, join the cast of Celebrity Autobiography at Long Wharf Theatre.

The show runs Dec. 29-30 on the Mainstage. The performances take place at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $40.

In addition to his role on “The Sopranos,” Pantoliano has appeared in over 100 films and television programs. His most notable films include Daredevil, Bad Boys 2, The Matrix, Memento, The Fugitive, The Goonies, Midnight Run, Running Scared, La Bamba, andEmpire of the Sun, among many others. He also appeared in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune on Broadway, the original touring production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and over 40 Off-Broadway productions. He is a Connecticut resident.

Bart, a Norwalk native, received a Tony Award for his performance as Snoopy in the revival of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. He was nominated for another Tony Award for The Producers. His other Broadway credits include Big River, King David, Triumph of Love, The Frogs and Young Frankenstein. His film and television work includes “Desperate Housewives” (for which he won a SAG Award), Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay, Spy School, American Gangster, Hostel: Part II, The Producers, The Stepford Wives, and Hercules, among others.

Rachel Dratch, Karen Ziemba and show co-creators Dayle Reyfel and Eugene Pack, have previously been announced as part of the cast. Further casting announcements are pending.

Celebrity Autobiography, created and developed by Emmy Award-nominated writer-performer Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel, recently won the 2009 Drama Desk Award in the category of Unique Theatrical Experience and the 2010 Bistro Awards.

Celebrity Autobiography features a first rate comedic ensemble performing from the actual memoirs of a wide range of celebrities. The passages run the gamut from the “poetry” of Suzanne Somers to the shocking “romance tips” from Tommy Lee to the most famous Hollywood love triangle in history – Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, and Eddie Fisher.

This evening of sidesplitting (and true) comedy answers a series of timeless questions. How does Vanna flip her panels?  What does Stallone have in his freezer?  Why did Burt and Loni topple from the upper tier of their wedding cake?  What makes the Jonas Brothers get along?  “The show is a bracing tonic for anyone weary of our fame-addled culture. It gives you a chance to indulge in a little celebrity schadenfreude without having to endure the shame of grabbing that issue of In Touch Weekly off the rack at the grocery store,” wrote Charles Isherwood in the New York Times.

For more information about the show and the 2010-11 Long Wharf Theatre season, visit the new www.longwharf.thinkcreativegroup.com or call 203-787-4282.

Media inquiries should be directed to Steve Scarpa, director of marketing and communications at 203-772-8255 or via e-mail at steven.scarpa@longwharf.org.