Inherit the Wind to Offer Onstage Seating

News   Inherit the Wind to Offer Onstage Seating Spring Awakening won't be the only new production of the season to offer onstage seating. The upcoming revival of Inherit the Wind — starring Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy — will also offer a few audience members the chance to watch the play at close view.

Christopher Plummer will star (opposite Brian Dennehy) in Inherit the Wind.
Christopher Plummer will star (opposite Brian Dennehy) in Inherit the Wind. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

A spokesperson for the show confirmed to Playbill.com that 44 onstage seats will be available for all performances of Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's 1955 courtroom drama, which begins previews March 19 at the Lyceum Theatre with an official opening April 12. The onstage seats will represent spectators at the trial; all seats will face the orchestra.

Tickets for the onstage seats are currently available to Telecharge.com subscribers for $36.25. These seats will be available to the general public beginning March 4.

As previously announced, the cast of Inherit the Wind will feature Plummer in the role of Henry Drummond (based on Clarence Darrow) and Dennehy as Matthew Harrison Brady (based on William Jennings Bryan) with Byron Jennings as Rev. Jeremiah Brown and Tony Award winner Denis O'Hare as E. K. Hornbeck.

The company will also include Terry Beaver as the Judge and Beth Fowler as Mrs. Brady with Steve Brady, Anne Bowles, Bill Buell, Bill Christ, Carson Church, Conor Donovan, Lanny Flaherty, Kit Flanagan, Sherman Howard, Katie Klaus, Maggie Lacey, Jordan Lage, Mary Kate Law, Philip LeStrange, Kevin Loomis, David M. Lutken, Charlotte Maier, Matthew Nardozzi, Randall Newsome, Jay Patterson, Pippa Pearthree, Scott Sowers, Amanda Sprecher, Erik Steele, Jeff Steitzer, Henry Stram, Benjamin Walker and Andrew Weems.

Doug Hughes — of Doubt fame — directs the revival, which will play a 16-week limited engagement. Produced 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, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design and original music by David Van Tieghem.

Inherit The Wind, according to press notes, is "a fictionalized retelling of the famous 1925 'Monkey Trial,' in which science teacher John Scopes was tried and convicted for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution, violating a Tennessee law that forbade teaching any theory that conflicted with the biblical conception of divine creation."

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.

Inherit the Wind will offer performances Monday-Saturday evenings at 8 PM with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM.

The Lyceum Theatre box office, located at 149 West 45th Street, will open for business Feb. 26. Tickets (not onstage), priced $96.25, $76.25, $51.25 and $26.25, are now available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com.