No air date has been announced for the live broadcast of the upcoming show, which will open Feb. 5, 2009, after previews from Jan. 20 at the Cort Theatre. Although the Broadway show will be directed by Adam McKay — Ferrell's longtime collaborator, and director of the comedy films "Anchorman," "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" and the recent "Step Brothers" — the HBO special will be directed by Marty Callner.
The first day of Broadway previews, Jan. 20, coincides with the United States Presidential Inauguration. The limited engagement of You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush (the odd punctuation is the creators' wish) will run through March 15, 2009, a brief stay by Broadway standards.
The telecast will likely air toward the end of the Broadway run.