Complete casting and creative team have been announced for the Broadway revival of Noël Coward’s Present Laughter, which begins previews March 10 prior to an official opening April 5 at the St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St.
Academy Award and two-time Tony Award winner Kevin Kline stars as Garry Essendine, with Tony and Emmy Award nominee Kate Burton as Liz Essendine, Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen as Monica Reed, and stage and screen star Cobie Smulders as Joanna Lyppiatt. They will be joined by Bhavesh Patel (Broadway’s War Horse) as Roland Maule, Tony Award nominee Reg Rogers as Morris Dixon, Matt Bittner as Fred, Ellen Harvey as Miss Erikson, Obie Award winner Peter Francis James as Henry Lyppiatt, The Wolves’ Tedra Millan as Daphne Stillington, and Sandra Shipley as Lady Saltburn, with Kelley Curran, Rachel Pickup, James Riordan, and David L. Townsend.
Directed by Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel, performances will continue through July 2.
Present Laughter, according to press notes, “follows a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Juggling his considerable talent, ego, and libido, the theater’s favorite leading man suddenly finds himself caught between fawning ingénues, crazed playwrights, secret trysts, and unexpected twists.”
The production will also have set design by Tony Award winner David Zinn, costume design by Tony Award winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by two-time Tony Award nominee Justin Townsend, sound design by Fitz Patton, and hair design by Josh Marquette. Casting is by Telsey + Company.
Present Laughter is produced by Jordan Roth, Jujamcyn Theaters, Spencer Ross, A.C. Orange International, Eric Falkenstein, Grove Entertainment, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, Stephanie McClelland, Harbor Entertainment, Daryl Roth.
Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.com, by calling (877) 250-2929, or in person at the St. James Theatre Box Office.
(Updated Feb. 6, 2017)