The Hayes will be the third Broadway house for the crowd-pleasing, British-created, theatrically buoyant comedy inspired by the Hitchcock movie of the same name. On Jan. 21, Sean Mahon (The Seafarer) joins the cast as Richard Hannay, the man who races across the U.K. following a murder. Sam Robards plays the role at the Cort.
Roundabout Theatre Company brought the show to Broadway in January 2008 and, with partners, moved it to a commercial run at the Cort.
The cast also currently features Arnie Burton (Man #2), Francesca Faridany (Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret) and Jeffrey Kuhn (Man #1) with Rob Breckenridge, Claire Brownell and Cameron Folmar.
Sean Mahon made his Broadway debut in Conor McPherson's The Seafarer. His other theatrical credits include Savage in Limbo, Translations, Ourselves Alone, The Visit, Stones in his Pockets, Yankee Trader, Confessions of a Catholic Child, One for the Road, Drama at Inis and Big Maggie. His screen credits include "Fringe," "As the World Turns," "Angel," "The Agency," "Everwood," "ER," "Line of Fire," "Sci-fi MOW," "Hulk" and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." He is a founding member of The Virtual Theater Project.
The 39 Steps, according to press notes, "features a cast of four actors who, against all odds, breathlessly and hilariously attempt to reenact all of the characters, locations and famous scenes in Hitchcock's 1935 film thriller with just a few props and a lot of theatrical ingenuity and split second quick changes." The 39 Steps is adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Maria Aitken. The production is based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and on the book by John Buchan.
Tickets for all performances are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com. The Helen Hayes Theatre box office will open Jan. 5.
Slava's Snowshow closes Jan. 4 at the Hayes.