Off-Broadway’s Normal Heart May Last Out the Summer

News   Off-Broadway’s Normal Heart May Last Out the Summer Critical acclaim and audience interest have already prompted an extension of The Worth Street Theater Company's production of Larry Kramer's landmark AIDS drama, the Normal Heart, at The Public Theater, through May 30.

Now comes word the revival may extend its stay at that nonprofit through the end of summer. “We may run through the summer,” said the play’s star Raul Esparza. “After that, we’ll see. There is a Broadway house being offered for the fall.” A show spokesperson confirmed that a further extension was a possibility.

Esparza was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his role in Broadway’s Taboo.

Directed by David Esbjornson, the cast also features Joanna Gleason. Hosted by The Public, Worth Street's The Normal Heart opened April 21, the same day the original production opened at The Public Theater nearly 20 years ago.

This staging received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Revival of a Play and four Drama League nominations, including a nomination for Distinguished Revival of a Play.

The cast also includes Richard Bekins, Fred Berman, McCaleb Burnett, Mark Dobies, Jay Russell, Billy Warlock and Paul Whitthorne.