Present Laughter, Starring Kevin Kline, Begins on Broadway

Broadway News   Present Laughter, Starring Kevin Kline, Begins on Broadway The revival of Noël Coward’s comedy kicks off previews March 10 at the St. James Theatre.
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Kate Burton, Kevin Kline, Cobie Smulders, and Kristine Nielsen Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The Broadway revival of Noël Coward’s Present Laughter begins previews March 10 at the St. James Theatre. The production marks the stage return of Academy Award and two-time Tony Award winner Kevin Kline after a ten-year absence.

Directed by Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Present Laughter will officially open April 5 for an engagement scheduled to continue through July 2 at the St. James, located at 246 West 44th Street.

In Present Laughter, Kline stars as a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis. In signature Coward style, the leading man finds himself caught between fawning ingénues, crazed playwrights, and unexpected twists.

The cast also features Tony and Emmy Award nominee Kate Burton as Liz Essendine, Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen as Monica Reed, stage and screen star Cobie Smulders as Joanna Lyppiatt, Bhavesh Patel as Roland Maule, Tony Award nominee Reg Rogers as Morris Dixon, Matt Bittner as Fred, Ellen Harvey as Miss Erikson, Obie Award winner Peter Francis James as Henry Lyppiatt, Tedra Millan as Daphne Stillington, Sandra Shipley as Lady Saltburn, with Kelley Curran, Rachel Pickup, James Riordan, and David L. Townsend.

The production features set design by Tony Award winner David Zinn, costume design by Tony Award winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by two-time Tony Award nominee Justin Townsend, sound design by Fitz Patton, and hair design by Josh Marquette. Casting is by Telsey + Company.

Present Laughter is produced by Jordan Roth, Jujamcyn Theaters, Spencer Ross, A.C. Orange International, Eric Falkenstein, Grove Entertainment, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, Stephanie McClelland, Harbor Entertainment, Daryl Roth.

Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.com, by calling (877) 250-2929, or in person at the St. James Theatre Box Office. A limited quantity of $42 lottery tickets to each performance will be available through online entry at laughteronbroadway.com/lottery.

(Updated March 10, 2017)

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