‘A Catered Affair’
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‘A Catered Affair’

Cast members Leslie Kritzer, far left, Heather MacRae, Harvey Fierstein (who is also the show’s co-producer and librettist) and Lori Wilner come together during the first day of rehearsal in New York for “A Catered Affair.” The musical’s pre-Broadway run is at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre through Oct. 28. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Director John Doyle gets the cast in a 1950s frame of mind by asking them to study vintage photographs of brides, cab drivers and working men and women of the day. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
“You don’t get many pieces of musical theater that are about human beings, and that’s a tragedy,” says “A Catered Affair” director John Doyle, left, with lead producer Jordan Roth and Harvey Fierstein. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Lori Wilner during a rehearsal for the Broadway-bound musical, which has its roots in Paddy Chayefsky’s 1955 teleplay “The Wedding Breakfast” and the 1956 film “The Catered Affair,” starring Ernest Borgnine and Bette Davis. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Director John Doyle, second from right, stages a scene in New York with actors, from left, Kristine Zbornik, Heather MacRae and Lori Wilner, and associate director Adam Hunter. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Costume designer Ann Hould-Ward, at left in background, and Michael Velasquez put the finishing touches on Leslie Kritzer’s gown. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Parents of the bride Tom Hurley (Tom Wopat), left, and Agnes Hurley (Faith Prince) with Harvey Fierstein as Uncle Winston. (Sean Masterson / For The Times)
Breaking bread on the stage of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego are, from left, Leslie Kritzer, Matt Cavenaugh, Lori Wilner, Philip Hoffman, Harvey Fierstein and Tom Wopat. (Sean Masterson / For The Times)
Agnes (Faith Prince) takes the spotlight as the newly wedded Janey and Ralph (Leslie Kritzer and Matt Cavenaugh) share a dance on the stage of San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre. (Sean Masterson / For The Times)
The musical’s star, librettist and co-producer, Harvey Fierstein set out to explore love and conflict on a human scale. (Sean Masterson / For The Times)