The kittens will be replaced periodically throughout the run as they outgrow their roles.
Audience members will be able to visit the theatre lounge at the Longacre before the performance and at intermission to fill out application forms to adopt the kittens used in the show. All kittens are being provided by The Humane Society of New York and are being trained by Bill Berloni.
“The Broadway shows I have worked on have always supported my animal adoption efforts behind the scenes, and this is a fantastic opportunity to bring the adoption work to the forefront by inviting our audiences to participate in what will be the first major animal adoption program ever done on Broadway. The Humane Society of New York runs a first class operation that works with many kitten rescuers in New York City then treats them medically before socializing and domesticating them for placement in quality homes. This partnership will help raise awareness of the importance of animal adoption, as well as connect loving future kitten owners with animals who have not only been provided by the best-rated shelter in the Tri State area but have also graced the stage with the stars of You Can’t Take It With You," said Berloni, Theatrical Animal Trainer and Humane Society of New York’s Director of Animal Behavior and Training, in a statement.
The complete cast of You Can’t Take It With You includes Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle winner James Earl Jones as Martin Vanderhof, two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Rose Byrne as Alice Sycamore, Elizabeth Ashley as The Grand Duchess Olga, Tony Award nominee Annaleigh Ashford as Essie Carmichael, Johanna Day as Mrs. Kirby, three-time Drama Desk nominee Julie Halston as Gay Wellington, Byron Jennings as Mr. Kirby, Fran Kranz as Tony Kirby, Mark Linn-Baker as Paul Sycamore, Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen as Penelope Sycamore, Tony Award nominee Reg Rogers as Boris Kolenkhov, Will Brill as Ed Carmichael, Nick Corley as a G-Man, Austin Durant as a G-Man, Theatre World Award winner Crystal A. Dickinson as Rheba, Marc Damon Johnson as Donald, Karl Kenzler as Henderson, Patrick Kerr as Mr. De Pinna and Joe Tapper as a G-Man.
The production will be directed by six-time Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Scott Ellis and will play a 19-week limited engagement. Tony winner Jason Robert Brown has written original music for the revival.
The production will also have set design by Tony Award nominee David Rockwell, costume design by 2014 Special Tony Award recipient Jane Greenwood, lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Donald Holder, sound design by Jon Weston and hair and wig design by Tom Watson.
"Family can do crazy things to people. And the Sycamore family is a little crazy to begin with," according to press notes. "James Earl Jones heads the wackiest household to ever hit Broadway in Kaufman and Hart’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic You Can’t Take It With You. He plays wily Grandpa Vanderhof, leader of a happily eccentric gang of snake collectors, cunning revolutionaries, ballet dancers and skyrocket makers. But when the youngest daughter brings her fiancé and his buttoned-up parents over for dinner, that’s when the real fireworks start to fly."
The original production of the play opened at the Booth Theatre on Dec. 14, 1936, and played for 837 performances. The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
You Can’t Take It With You will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Dominion Pictures, Gutterman & Winkler, Daryl Roth, Terry Schnuck, Jane Bergere, Caiola Productions, Rebecca Gold, LaRuffa & Hinderliter, Gabrielle Palitz, Spisto & Kierstead, SunnySpot Productions, VenuWorksTheatricals, Jessica Genick and Will Trice.
Tickets are on sale by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting Telecharge.com.