Go Inside the First Performance of Broadway’s Frankie and Johnny With Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon

Photos   Go Inside the First Performance of Broadway’s Frankie and Johnny With Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon
 
The revival of the Terrence McNally play, directed by Arin Arbus, began performances at the Broadhurst Theatre May 4.
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Audra McDonald, Terrence McNally, Michael Shannon, and Arin Arbus Evan Zimmerman/MurphyMade

The Broadway revival of Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, directed by Arin Arbus, began previews May 4 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Tony, Grammy, and Emmy winner Audra McDonald and two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon star in the two-hander, which is set to officially open May 30.

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune tells the story of a waitress (McDonald) and a short-order cook (Shannon) whose first date turns into a one-night stand and something more.

Flip through photos of the first performance below:

The creative team for Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune includes Riccardo Hernandez (sets), Emily Rebholz (costumes), Natasha Katz (lighting), Nevin Steinberg (sound), J. Jared Janas (hair, wig, and makeup), Laurie Goldfeder (production stage manager), and 101 Productions, Ltd. (general manager). Hunter Arnold, Debbie Bisno, and Tom Kirdahy are producing.

The two-hander debuted Off-Broadway in 1987 in a production directed by Paul Benedict starring Kathy Bates and Kenneth Welsh; a revival was seen on Broadway in 2002 starring Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci. Joe Mantello directed.

In celebration of Tony-winning playwright McNally having had 25 shows produced on Broadway, theatregoers can purchase $25 tickets to 25 previews. More information is available here.

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