See Steven Boyer, Bob Saget, Sarah Stiles and Cast of Hand to God Take Final Broadway Curtain Call

Photos   See Steven Boyer, Bob Saget, Sarah Stiles and Cast of Hand to God Take Final Broadway Curtain Call Hand to God, starring Steven Boyer in his acclaimed performance as a young man named Jason and his foul-mouthed hand puppet Tyrone, played its final performance on Broadway Jan. 3. The Tony-nominated show ran nine months (337 performances) at the Booth Theatre.
Steven Boyer in <i>Hand to God</i>
Steven Boyer in the Broadway production of Hand to God Joan Marcus

Boyer was joined for the last two months of the run by Bob Saget, longtime host of "America's Funniest Home Videos" and star of the TV series "Full House," who replaced Marc Kudisch as the amorous Pastor Greg.

The show opened April 7, 2015, at the Booth Theatre, marking the Broadway debuts of playwright Robert Askins and director Moritz von Stuelpnagel.

Hand to God will transfer to London’s West End, with performances beginning Feb. 5 at the Vaudeville Theatre. Harry Melling, who appeared in the Harry Potter film franchise as Harry's viciously spoiled cousin Dudley, has been tapped to play Jason/Tyrone. Von Stuelpnagel will recreate his Tony-nominated direction.

"Having played an extraordinary 9-month run on Broadway, London is the natural next step for a new American play that is this exciting. We are thrilled that Hand to God will soon be experienced by audiences all over the world," said producer Kevin McCollum in an earlier statement.

Producer McCollum's three years of development on this play included its previous acclaimed productions at the Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) in 2011 and its Off-Broadway debut at MCC Theater in 2014. Broadway previews began March 14, 2015.

The provocative play featured the complete cast of the 2014 MCC Theater production. Boyer ("The Wolf of Wall Street," King Lear) stars as Jason/Tyrone with Geneva Carr (Broadway debut) as Margery, Sarah Stiles (Into the Woods, Avenue Q) as Jessica and Michael Oberholtzer (Broadway debut) as Timmy.

Hand to God, according to producer McCollum, "centers on shy, inquisitive student Jason, who finds an outlet for his burgeoning creativity at the Christian Puppet Ministry in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason's complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door and — most especially — his mother are thrown into further upheaval when Jason’s hand puppet Tyrone — once soft-spoken — takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. As Tyrone’s influence over Jason steadily grows, Hand to God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us."

The design team for Hand to God included scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Sydney Maresca, lighting by Jason Lyons, sound by Jill BC Du Boff, puppet design by Marte Johanne Ekhougen and fight direction by Robert Westley. Casting was by Telsey + Company. 

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