Is 39 Steps Heading Back To Broadway?
The little show that could just keeps on going! The 39 Steps won over Broadway and critics when it first appeared in New York City back in 2008. Hanging in for a longer run on Broadway than most plays before heading Off-Broadway, the show recently returned to the New York theatre scene and is already eyeing a larger than life return to Midtown. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that 39 Steps may be heading back to Broadway!
The Tony Award nominated 39 Steps, which is currently playing Off-Broadway at the Union Square Theatre, is eyeing a Broadway return next year according to its lead producer. The show began performances in April 2015 and just recently set a closing date of January 3rd, 2016. When the show closes, it will have played 14 previews and 303 performances. However, lead producer Douglas Denoff (Pictured Below Right) said in a statement the show is eyeing a return to Broadway within the next year.
“We are thrilled that our play that Ben Brantley calls ‘the little show that could’ has been so warmly welcomed back to New York City. The intimate and historic Union Square Theatre was the perfect location for our jewel of a show. 39 Steps has had an incredible journey worldwide, and in New York alone has played in three theatres on Broadway, at New World Stages, and now at Union Square.Roma Torre said of 39 Steps that ‘you can’t keep a good show down, and for good reason, this one has been special.’ We are looking to continue the journey back on Broadway in the coming year… and in the meantime, for the next few weeks we invite everyone to come to Union Square to see the show for their first time, second time, or even the 39th time, as MANY fans have done.”
If 39 Steps does return to Broadway within the coming year, it will mark the second time the production has appeared on The Great White Way within the past decade. The production premiered at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, then titled , in September 2007. The show moved to Broadway in January 2008 appearing at The American Airlines Theatre were it played until March 2008 before moving to The Cort Theatre in April 2008 before moving again in January 2009 to The Helen Hayes Theatre. The show played there through the end of it’s run in January 2010 and was the longest running Broadway play in seven years when it closed. However, upon closing on Broadway, the show moved to off-Broadway’s New World Stages where it played for yet another year of performances through January 2011.
The current Off-Broadway cast includes Robert Petkoff as Richard Hannay, Billy Carter as Clown #1, Cameron Pow as Clown #2 and Brittany Vicars as Pamela/Annabella/Margaret. All cast members are pictured left. The production team is led by Tony Award nominee Maria Aitken as director, Tony Award nominee Peter McKintosh as scenic and costume designer, Tony Award winner Kevin Adams as lighting design and Tony Award winner Mic Pool as sound designer.
A return of 39 Steps to Broadway definitely comes as a surprise! I knew the show had returned downtown to the Off-Broadway theatre scene and was doing well at the Union Square Theatre. I am surprised though at an announcement the show is eyeing a return to Broadway as I mentioned above, a return would mark the second mounting in less than a decade. However, Broadway does see it’s fair share of plays that are so popular with audiences, they return to the stage, in new productions, every five years or so. I wonder not only where the production would call home if it did indeed return, but for how long would it run? Would it be a limited engagement appearing for a brief time? If so, the Helen Hayes (Pictured Above Left) might be the perfect spot as Second Stage continues to fundraise for their new Broadway house and 39 Steps has called the Hayes home before. It would be great for this show, that producers know works in this space, to take up residence and give Second Stage some more time.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as 39 Steps eyes a Broadway return within the coming year! The return would definitely be interesting addition to the Broadway scene and we are looking forward to seeing how the story plays out! We’ll keep you updated as the show closes downtown and eyes a return to the uptown theatre scene! Stay tuned! For more information, visit 39 Steps Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. (Copyright Note;Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post)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!