Harris, Colin and Rabe to Star in 1940's Comedy Old Acquaintance on Broadway

News   Harris, Colin and Rabe to Star in 1940's Comedy Old Acquaintance on Broadway Harriet Harris, Margaret Colin and Lily Rabe will star in a Roundabout Theatre Company Broadway staging of John Van Druten's Old Acquaintance.

Harriet Harris
Harriet Harris

Michael Wilson (Enchanted April) will direct the comedy slated to begin previews June 1 and open June 28 at the American Airlines Theatre for a limited engagement through August 19.

Old Acquaintance is billed as a "drawing-room comedy about two childhood friends who have grown into very different adults. Though they are both successful authors, independent Katharine 'Kit' Markham (Colin) carries on an affair with a younger man while divorcee Mildred 'Millie' Drake (Harris) refuses to loosen the apron-strings on her teenage daughter, Deidre (Rabe)."

All Roundabout veterans: Harris — Tony Award winner for Thoroughly Modern Millie — appeared in the company's 2000 Broadway revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner; Colin (Jackie) last appeared on Broadway in 2003's revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg; and Rabe (Steel Magnolias) just appeared in last year's Heartbreak House.

Further casting and a design team are yet to be announced.

The Van Druten comedy first premiered on Broadway in 1940 at the Morosco Theatre, starring Jane Cowl and Peggy Wood. The work was then adapted for the screen in 1943 with Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins starring.

British playwright and director Van Druten penned the original plays I Am a Camera (the basis for the musical Cabaret) and I Remember Mama. Other works include I've Got Sixpence; Bell, Book and Candle; Make Way for Lucia; The Mermaids Singing; The Voice of the Turtle; and Solitaire, among others. He directed the original Broadway run of The King and I.

Tickets to Old Acquaintance will be available in April by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, visiting the American Airlines box office (227 West 42nd St.) or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.