You Can’t Take It With You Begins Previews on Broadway
The 2014 fall Broadway season is off and running! We have seen our first musical, our first new play and tonight we see our very first revival of the season! While revivals might seem like easy money being a known name to the theatre world, that is always much easier said than done. Revivals hitting the stage in New York today face as much of an uphill battle as new productions do. However, when you combine a classic piece of theatre and an all-star cast like our first revival of the season has done, you are looking at what hopes to be a stellar return for this fantastic piece of theatre. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that You Can’t Take It With You begins previews on Broadway tonight!
You Can’t Take It With You is a play written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman that tells the story of two crazy families; the Sycamores and the Kirbys. Tony Kirby falls in love with Alice Sycamore and invites her family over for dinner at their house. Little does Tony know, he is inviting them over on the wrong evening. After becoming thoroughly dissatisfied with their meal and the way the evening is going, the Kirbys do not want to allow Alice to marry Tony. However Tony knows the Sycamores, while mad, live with love and care for one another. By the end of the night, Mr. Kirby gives into the madness of the family and we quickly realize that while the Sycamores might seem mad, the world is even madder.
You Can’t Take It With You begins previews tonight on Broadway at The Longacre Theatre. The production is set to officially open on September 28th, 2014. The production is playing a limited engagement of 19 weeks only on Broadway. This will be the sixth time since the play debuted in 1936 that it has been revived on Broadway. The original debuted at The Booth Theatre in 1936 where it went on to play 838 performances. In 1937, the piece won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This revival, finally hitting the stage, has been in the works since the fall 2010 Broadway season.
The cast for this revival of You Can’t Take It With You is one of the brightest to hit the stage in New York. Leading them all is Tony Award winner James Earl Jones who will star as Martin Vanderhof. The cast also includes 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 Nielsen 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, Crystal 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.
Six time Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis (Pictured Right) helms this production as director. The rest of the creative team includes Tony Award nominee David Rockwell as scenic designer, 2014 Special Tony Award recipient Jane Greenwood as costume designer, two-time Tony Award winner Donald Holder as lighting designer, Jon Weston as sound designer and Tom Watson as hair and wig designer. Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown has written original music for this revival. The production will also be using kittens that are provided by The Humane Society of New York that will all be trained by Bill Berloni.
Producers of the production have also just announced they will partner with The Humane Society of New York to assist in finding homes for the kittens that are used in the production. As they outgrow their role, audience members will have a chance to adopt one of the kittens by visiting the theatre lounge before the show and during intermission to fill out an application. for adoption. The revival is being produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Dominion Pictures, Gutterman & Winkler, Daryl Roth, Terry Schnuck, Jane Bergere, Caiola Productions, Rebecca Gold, LaRuffa & Hinderliter, Gabrielle Palitz, Spisto & Kierstead, SunnySpot Productions, VenuWorksTheatricals, Jessica Genick and Will Trice.
I am very much looking forward to seeing You Can’t Take It With You on Broadway this fall! This piece of theatre is a wonderful classic story that always manages to capture the hearts of its audience. I think this piece will be successful for a number of reasons. First and most important, the team onstage and behind the scenes put together for this revival is an all-star one. You have some of the best names in the business working on this revival which is really exciting. I also think many people will see this show and remember the importance of family. That is something we need more than ever in a society defined by dysfunction, divorce and social “norms” crumbling around us. However, it will remind us that family is not always simply defined by blood. It is defined by those who we love, care about and want to surround ourselves with daily in order to live a happy and crazy life.
You Can’t Take It With You is running for a limited engagement of 19 weeks only on Broadway! Don’t miss your chance to revisit this wonderful old-time comedy returning to the stage proving that no matter what year or time it is, family is always important. For more information, visit You Can’t Take It With You’s Official Ticket Website, Facebook Page or Twitter Account. And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!