About Mothers and Sons
Tony and Emmy winner Tyne Daly (Gypsy, Cagney and Lacey) stars in Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons, coming to Broadway after a critically acclaimed world premiere at the Bucks County Playhouse in Pennsylvania. The Tony-winning McNally combines relevant national themes such as marriage equality with intimate storytelling in this moving comedy-drama.
Daly plays a mother whose gay son died twenty years earlier. She travels from her rural Texas home to pay an unexpected visit to her late son’s lover in New York City. He’s now married to another man and raising a young son. As the characters confront their shared history, the mother must confront her painful past and contemplate the life her son might have led. Generations collide, old wounds are exposed, and families heal in the latest work from one of Broadway’s best playwrights.
Directed by Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall), the cast also includes Frederick Weller (McNally’s Some Men, Edward Albee’s Seascape) and Bobby Steggert (Big Fish, Ragtime).
One hour and 30 minutes (no intermission)
Did you know?
In addition to her Tony Award for Gypsy, Tyne Daly has won six Emmy Awards—four for Cagney and Lacey, one for Judging Amy, and one for Christy. She was also nominated for a Tony for her performance as opera legend Maria Callas in McNally’s Master Class and for Rabbit Hole.
This marks McNally’s 20th Broadway show. He is the winner of four Tonys—two for Best Play for Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and two for Best Book of a Musical for Ragtime and The Full Monty. Other Broadway productions include Bad Habits, The Ritz, The Rink, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, and Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune.
The characters in Mothers and Sons also appeared in McNally’s one-act play Andre’s Mother, which appeared Off-Broadway in 1988 as part of a revue called Urban Blight. He later expanded the play into a TV film which was broadcast on PBS’s American Playhouse with Sada Thompson and Richard Thomas. For his teleplay, McNally won an Emmy Award in 1990.
Fans of Daly and McNally, as well as those who enjoy family-oriented, topical drama will enjoy this moving play.
Good for kids?
The subject matter is a bit too mature for young children, but smart teenagers should be able to handle it.
Golden Theatre Location Information:
252 W 45th St.
New York, NY 10036
A, C, E to 42nd St./Port Authority (Eighth Ave.); N, Q, R, 1, 2, 3 to 42nd St./Times Sq. (Broadway)
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