You Can't Take It With You Stars, Including Rose Byrne and Annaleigh Ashford, Audition Feline Co-Stars
The Broadway revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play You Can't Take It With You will begin previews Aug. 26 at the Longacre Theatre prior to an official opening Sept. 28.
In addition to Johanna Day (Proof, August: Osage County) as Mrs. Kirby and Will Brill (Tribes, Act One) as Ed Carmichael, producers announced additional casting including Fran Kranz (Death of a Salesman) as Tony Kirby, Nick Corley (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Austin Durant (War Horse) and Joe Tapper (Witnessed By The World) as the three G-Men as well as understudies Barrett Doss, Ned Noyes and Pippa Pearthree.
James Earl Jones stars as Martin Vanderhof, with two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Rose Byrne as Alice Sycamore, Tony winner Elizabeth Ashley as The Grand Duchess Olga, Tony Award nominee Annaleigh Ashford as Essie Carmichael, Mark Linn-Baker as Paul Sycamore, Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen as Penelope Sycamore, Tony Award nominee Reg Rogers as Boris Kolenkhov, Byron Jennings as as Mr. Kirby, Theatre World Award winner Crystal A. Dickinson as Rheba, three-time Drama Desk nominee Julie Halston as Gay Wellington, Marc Damon Johnson as Donald and Patrick Kerr as Mr. De Pinna. Scott Ellis directs the production.
Three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown 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 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.
You Can’t Take It With You will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Dominion Pictures, Jay and Cindy Gutterman, Daryl Roth, Terry Schnuck, Jane Bergere, Caiola Productions, Rebecca Gold, LaRuffa Hinderliter, Gabrielle Palitz, Spisto & Kierstead, SunnySpot Productions, VenuWorks Theatricals, Jessica Genick and Will Trice.
The original production opened at the Booth Theatre Dec. 14, 1936, and played for 837 performances. The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The production will play a limited run for 19 weeks only. Tickets are on sale by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting Telecharge.com.