About Act One
Tony-winning playwright-director James Lapine (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George) adapts Act One, Moss Hart’s hiliarous and touching memoir, to the stage for Lincoln Center Theater. Hailed by Frank Rich in the New York Times as “the greatest show biz book ever written,” Act One chronicles Hart’s early struggles to escape from his tenement background and follows his time working as an entertainment director at a Catskills resort and eventually becoming one of Broadway’s most celebrated playwrights, collaborating with the legendary George S. Kaufman on the smash comedy Once in the Lifetime. In addition to being a loving portrait of Hart’s poverty-stricken family, the play offers a piercing insider’s look at what it takes to mount a Broadway production.
The all-star cast includes three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub (Monk, LCT’s Golden Boy) as George S. Kaufman and Hart as an adult; Drama Desk winner Santino Fontana (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Brighton Beach Memoirs) as the younger Hart; and Tony winner Andrea Martin (Pippin, My Favorite Year) as Aunt Kate.
Two hours and 30 minutes (one intermission)
There is a concession stand and bar in the lobby which sells soft drinks, cocktails, snacks, and sandwiches; no food or drink is allowed in the theater. The seating capacity is 1,200. Note that the Beaumont is the only Broadway theater not located in the Times Square theater district.
Did you know?
When it was first released in 1959, Act One was on the New York Times best-seller list for 41 weeks.
After Once in a Lifetime, Kaufman and Hart collaborated on such hit comedies as the Pulitzer Prize-winning You Can’t Take It With You and The Man Who Came to Dinner.
In addition to being a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Moss Hart was a director of such hit musicals as My Fair Lady and Camelot.
The film version of Act One was released in 1963 and starred George Hamilton as Moss Hart, Jason Robards as George S. Kaufman, as well as George Segal, Jack Klugman, and Eli Wallach.
Fans of family dramas like Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound will love this gentle remembrance of Moss Hart’s early days as a struggling playwright. In addition, theatergoers who enjoy behind-the-scenes stories of Broadway will get their fill of backstage machinations.
Good for kids?
The material will probably go over the heads of small children, but older kids and teenagers should enjoy it.
Vivian Beaumont Theatre Location Information:
150 W 65th St.
New York, NY 10023
1 to 66th St./Lincoln Center
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