” YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU” MAKES A STAR-STUDDED RETURN TO THE GREAT WHITE WAY
Perennial stage favorite You Can’t Take it With You returns to Broadway this season in a brand new star studded production starring James Earl Jones, directed by Tony Nominee and Drama Desk Award Winner Scott Elliot. The production started previews August 26, and opens on September 28, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre and is set to run for a limited 19-week engagement.
As to the plot, press notes state, “Family can do crazy things to people, and the Sycamore family is a little crazy to begin with. James Earl Jones heads the wackiest household to ever hit Broadway in Kaufman and Hart’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic You Can’t Take It With You. He plays wily Grandpa Vanderhof, leader of a happily eccentric gang of snake collectors, cunning revolutionaries, ballet dancers and skyrocket makers. But when the youngest daughter brings her fiancéand his buttoned-up parents over for dinner, that’s when the real fireworks start to fly.”
In addition to Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle winner Jones as Martin Vanderhof, the production also features two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Rose Byrne as Alice Sycamore, Elizabeth Ashley as The Grand Duchess Olga, Tony Award nominee Annaleigh Ashford as Essie Carmichael, Johanna Day as Mrs. Kirby, three-time Drama Desk nominee Julie Halston as Gay Wellington, Byron Jennings as Mr. Kirby, Fran Kranz as Tony Kirby, Mark Linn-Baker as Paul Sycamore, Tony Award nominee Kristine Neilsen as Penelope Sycamore, Tony Award nominee Reg Rogers as Boris Kolenkhov, Will Brill as Ed Carmichael, Nick Corley as a G-Man, Austin Durant as a G-Man, Theatre World Award winner Cyrstal A. Dickinson as Rheba, Marc Damon Johnson as Donald, Karl Kenzler as Henderson, Patrick Kerr as Mr. De Pinna and Joe Tapper as a G-Man.
Additional music for the play will be composed by three-time Tony Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown. The production also has set design by Tony Award nominee David Rockwell, costume design by Tony Award winner Jane Greenwood, lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Donald Holder, sound design by Jon Weston and hair and wig design by Tom Watson
The original production of this audience favorite opened at the Booth Theatre on December 14, 1936, and went on to win the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This production marks the fifth New York revival of the play, the most recent occurring in 1983.
As an added bonus, the production has teamed up with The Humane Society of New York and will be allowing audience members to apply to adopt the kittens being used in the show as they outgrow their roles. The kittens are provided by the Humane Society and trained by Bill Berloni.