Jennings and Tony Winner O'Hare to Be Part of Inherit the Wind Cast

News   Jennings and Tony Winner O'Hare to Be Part of Inherit the Wind Cast Complete casting has been announced for the upcoming revival of Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's 1955 courtroom drama, Inherit the Wind, which begins previews March 19 at the Lyceum Theatre with an official opening April 12.

Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Joining the previously announced Christopher Plummer in the role of Henry Drummond (based on Clarence Darrow) and Brian Dennehy as Matthew Harrison Brady (based on William Jennings Bryan) will be Byron Jennings as Rev. Jeremiah Brown and Tony Award winner Denis O'Hare as E. K. Hornbeck.

The company will also feature 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." Denis O'Hare won a Tony Award for his work in Take Me Out. He was also Tony-nominated for his performance in Assassins. O'Hare's other Broadway credits include Sweet Charity, Major Barbara, Cabaret and Racing Demon.

Byron Jennings' Broadway credits include Heartbreak House, A Touch of the Poet, Twelve Angry Men, Sight Unseen, Dinner at Eight, Noises Off, The Invention of Love and The Man Who Came to Dinner.

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 is located in Manhattan at 149 West 45th Street.

Tickets will go on sale Jan. 24 to American Express Card members only by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting Telecharge.com or broadway.yahoo.com. Tickets are priced $96.25, $76.25, $51.25 and $26.25.