Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Rose Byrne (Damages, Bridesmaids) and Tony nominee Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots) are joining two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, Fences) and Tony nominee Kristine Nielsen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) in the upcoming Broadway revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy You Can’t Take It With You. Bryne, who is making her Broadway debut, will be playing Alice Sycamore and Ashford will play her sister Essie, a would-be ballerina. Jones portrays their free-spirited Grandpa and Nielsen is their mother Penny, who has playwriting ambitions. Previews will begin on Aug. 26 at the Longacre Theatre with an opening night set for Sept. 28.
The 1936 play focues on the eccentric Sycamore family. The comical plot is set in motion when Alice, Grandpa’s relatively “normal” granddaughter, falls in love with Tony Kirby, a straightlaced executive. A wild dinner party ensues when Tony’s stuffy parents drop in on the wrong date. The production will be directed by Tony nominee Scott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Curtains) Original music for the play will be written by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison County).
The cast will also include Drama Desk nominee Mark Linn-Baker (A Funny Thing…Forum, Perfect Strangers, My Favorite Year), Theatre World Award winner Crystal A. Dickinson (Clybourne Park), three-time Drama Desk nominee Julie Halston (Anything Goes, The Divine Sister), Marc Damon Johnson (Lucky Guy), Patrick Kerr (Stage Kiss, The Ritz) and Tony nominee Reg Rogers (Holiday, The Royal Family). Additional casting will be announced.
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