Hey, Old Friend: Van Druten Comedy Old Acquaintance Opens on Broadway

News   Hey, Old Friend: Van Druten Comedy Old Acquaintance Opens on Broadway Harriet Harris and Margaret Colin are old friends in the Broadway revival of John Van Druten's comedy Old Acquaintance, which officially opens June 28 at the American Airlines Theatre.

Harriet Harris and Margaret Colin star in Old Acquaintance.
Harriet Harris and Margaret Colin star in Old Acquaintance. Photo by Joan Marcus

Michael Wilson (Enchanted April) directs the Roundabout Theatre Company presentation, which began previews June 1. The show plays 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 (Davis)."

Stephen Bogardus (Man of La Mancha, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Falsettos) and Diane Davis (Regrets Only, Festen) are also featured in a cast that includes Corey Stoll (Henry IV, Intimate Apparel), Cynthia Darlow (Taller Than a Dwarf, Hank Williams: Lost Highway) and Gordana Rashovich (Conversations with My Father, A Shayna Maidel).

Harris (Tony Award winner for Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Colin (Jackie) are both Roundabout veterans, who have appeared, respectively, in the company's Broadway revivals of The Man Who Came to Dinner and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

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 are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, visiting the American Airlines box office (227 West 42nd St.) or online at roundabouttheatre.org.

Harriet Harris and Margaret Colin star in Roundabout's revival of <i>Old Acquaintance</i>.
Harriet Harris and Margaret Colin star in Roundabout's revival of Old Acquaintance. Photo by Joan Marcus