Jimmy Smits Set for Broadway Transfer of Anna in the Tropics

News   Jimmy Smits Set for Broadway Transfer of Anna in the Tropics Jimmy Smits has been secured for the Broadway production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Nilo Cruz play Anna in the Tropics, set to begin previews at the Royale Theatre on Nov. 1.

Smits will repeat the role he is currently playing at New Jersey's McCarter Theatre, where Anna continues until Oct. 19.

No other casting for the Broadway production has been confirmed. The McCarter cast also features Daphne Rubin-Vega, Priscilla Lopez, John Ortiz, Vanessa Aspillaga and David Zayas.

The box office for the Broadway production opened on Sept. 22.

The show will officially open on Nov. 16.

Playwright Cruz has set his play in a Cuban-American cigar factory in 1929. The factory employs "lectors" to entertain and educate the factory workers, and a new lector who reads aloud from Anna Karenina becomes "a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics, and the American dream prove a volatile combination."

Priscilla Lopez, Victor Argo and Jimmy Smits in McCarter's current production of <i>Anna in the Tropics</i>.
Priscilla Lopez, Victor Argo and Jimmy Smits in McCarter's current production of Anna in the Tropics.
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