A spokesperson for the production also confirmed that the 16-week limited engagement of the play will officially open April 12. Doug Hughes — of Doubt fame — directs the revival, which casts Plummer in the role of Henry Drummond (based on Clarence Darrow) and Dennehy as Matthew Harrison Brady (based on William Jennings Bryan).
Produced by by Boyett Ostar Productions, The Shubert Organization, Lawrence Horowitz, Jon Avnet/Ralph Guild, Roy Furman, Debra Black/Daryl Roth, Bill Rollnick/Nancy Ellison Rollnick and Stephanie McClelland, the play will boast set and costume design by Santo Loquasto.
Inherit The Wind is based on the famous Scopes "Monkey" trial of 1925 where two lawyers battle over the right of a science teacher to educate his students on Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
Wind originally played on Broadway in 1955 with Paul Muni and the aforementioned Ed Begley originating the lawyer roles to Tony Award-winning effect. The play was adapted for the screen in 1960 with Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gene Kelly in the lead roles. The work was last seen on Broadway in 1996 with Charles Durning and George C. Scott heading the cast.
Christopher Plummer was most recently on Broadway in the 2004 revival of King Lear, earning a Tony nomination for his work in the title role of that Shakespeare classic. His other Main Stem credits include J.B., Cyrano, Othello, No Man's Land and Barrymore. Plummer won Tony Awards for his performances in both Cyrano and Barrymore. Brian Dennehy most recently starred on Broadway in Long Day's Journey Into Night. He won a Tony Award for that role, as well as for his work in Death of a Salesman. He also appeared on Broadway in Translations.
Inherit the Wind will offer performances Monday-Saturday evenings at 8 PM with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM.
The Lyceum Theatre is located in Manhattan at 149 West 45th Street. Tickets are not yet on sale.