Kristine Nielsen Will Join James Earl Jones in Broadway's You Can't Take It With You; Jason Robert Brown to Compose Music

News   Kristine Nielsen Will Join James Earl Jones in Broadway's You Can't Take It With You; Jason Robert Brown to Compose Music
Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen will join the previously announced James Earl Jones in the Broadway revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's You Can't Take It With You, which will begin previews Aug. 26 at the Longacre Theatre prior to an official opening Sept. 28.

Kristine Nielsen
Kristine Nielsen Photo by Monica Simoes

Directed by six-time Tony nominee Scott Ellis, Nielsen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) will play the role of Penelope Sycamore. Further casting will be announced soon.

Producers also announced that Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, a 2014 Tony nominee for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations for The Bridges of Madison County, will write original music for the production.

"Family can do crazy things to people," according to press notes. "And the Sycamore family is a little crazy to begin with. 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 opened at the Booth Theater Dec. 14, 1936, and played for 837 performances. The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Audience Rewards Members will be able to purchase tickets by visiting June 4-10. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning June 11 and will be available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting

You Can’t Take It With You will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Dominion Pictures, Gutterman Chernoff, Terry Schnuck, Caiola Productions, Gabrielle Palitz, R&D Theatricals, SunnySpot Productions, Jessica Genick and Will Trice.

The Longacre Theatre is located at 220 West 48th Street.

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