Clybourne Park Will Open on Broadway April 19

News   Clybourne Park Will Open on Broadway April 19
 
Despite the loss of lead producer Scott Rudin, who abandoned his plan to produce Bruce Norris' play Clybourne Park on Broadway this spring, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama will make its Broadway debut after all.

Crystal A. Dickinson and Annie Parisse in the 2010 Off-Broadway production of Clybourne Park.
Crystal A. Dickinson and Annie Parisse in the 2010 Off-Broadway production of Clybourne Park. Photo by Joan Marcus

Jordan Roth, president of Jujamcyn Theaters, announced Feb. 8 the acclaimed play will begin previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre March 26 with an official opening April 19. The production will play a limited 16-week engagement. This is exactly one week later than the originally planned opening, making up for the time that was lost last week.

Tickets are now on sale to American Express card holders and will go on sale to Lincoln Center Theater members Feb. 25 and to the general public March 3.

“We're thrilled that this masterwork will be a part of this exciting Broadway season,” Roth said in a statement. “Our dates are set, and we can't wait to welcome you!”

Directed by Pam MacKinnon, Clybourne Park will move to the Walter Kerr Theatre with the original cast, including Crystal A. Dickinson, Brendan Griffin, Damon Gupton, Christina Kirk, Annie Parisse, Jeremy Shamos and Frank Wood, with sets by Daniel Ostling, costumes by Ilona Somogyi, lighting by Allen Lee Hughes and sound by John Gromada.

The production is currently playing at Center Theatre Group/ Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles through Feb. 26. In Clybourne Park, which also won the Olivier Award for Best New Play, "Norris imagines the history of one of the more important houses in literary history, both before and after it becomes a focal point in Lorraine Hansberry's classic A Raisin in the Sun," according to previous press notes. "In 1959, the house, which is located in a white neighborhood at 406 Clybourne St. in Chicago, is sold to an African-American family (the Younger family in A Raisin in the Sun). Then in 2009 after the neighborhood has changed into an African-American community, the house is sold to a white couple. It is through this prism of property ownership that Norris' lacerating sense of humor dissects race relations and middle class hypocrisies in America."

Other plays by Bruce Norris include The Infidel (2000), Purple Heart (2002), We All Went Down to Amsterdam (2003 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work), The Pain and the Itch (2004 Jefferson Award) and The Unmentionables (2006), all of which premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre. He is the recipient of the 2009 Steinberg Playwright Award, the Whiting Foundation Prize for Drama, and the Kesselring Prize, Honorable Mention.

Walter Kerr Theatre is located at 219 West 48th Street.

Read Playbill.com's Feb. 1 story about Rudin withdrawing from Clybourne Park.

Christina Kirk, Jeremy Shamos, Annie Parisse, Brendan Griffin, Damon Gupton, and Crystal A. Dickinson in <i>Clybourne Park</i>.
Christina Kirk, Jeremy Shamos, Annie Parisse, Brendan Griffin, Damon Gupton, and Crystal A. Dickinson in Clybourne Park Joan Marcus
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