Martin McDonagh's hit Off-Broadway drama, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, completes its Broadway transfer April 23 when it reopens at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
The ironically titled Beauty Queen tells the story of an elderly woman who tries to spoil her homely 40-year-old daughter's first (and possibly last) chance for romance.
Through a special agreement worked out between the producers and Actors Equity Association, Leenane will be able to keep its Irish cast, led by Anna Manahan and Marie Mullen, for 26 weeks, before an American cast must be brought in.
Leenane opened Feb. 26 at the Atlantic Theatre Company, and sold $125,000 worth of tickets the next day, which Atlantic Artistic Director Neil Pepe told Playbill On-Line "may be a record for Off-Broadway." He said by noon Feb. 28 the show's entire run, originally scheduled through Apr. 19, was sold out.
"It's one of these unique combinations of a marvelous play a brilliant cast and wonderful direction, coupled with an overwhelming interest from the public." Tickets for the Broadway run are on sale via Telecharge: (212) 239-6200. People who hold tickets for ATC performances April 5-19 should contact Telechange and have the tickets converted to those for the new theatre, which is more than six times larger than the old.
Producers for the Broadway move are Atlantic Theatre Company, Randall Wreghitt, Chase Mishkin, Steven M. Levy and Leonard Soloway, in association with Julian Schlossberg and Norma Langworthy. Wreghitt, Mishkin, Levy and Soloway are also behind the successful commercial transfer of Drama Dept.'s As Bees in Honey Drown.