As previously announced, the world-premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s play The Portuguese Kid will star Jason Alexander when it bows Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club this fall.
Directed by Shanley, the production will begin performances September 19 and officially open October 24 at MTC’s New York City Center Stage I. The sassy rom-com is described as such: “In Providence, Rhode Island, habitually widowed Atalanta (Sherie Rene Scott) pays a visit to her second-rate lawyer Barry Dragonetti (Jason Alexander). Intending to settle her latest husband’s affairs, this larger-than-life Greek tightwad quickly becomes a nightmare for her cheesy, self-aggrandizing attorney. Add Barry’s impossible Croatian mother (Mary Testa), a dash of current politics and a couple of opportunistic young lovers, and you have in hand a recipe for comic combustion.” The Portuguese Kid was developed at Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater season in 2016.
Shanley won the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for Doubt and also wrote the Tony-nominated Outside Mullingar, and the screenplay for the Academy Award-winning Moonstruck.
Alexander last appeared on Broadway in Larry David’s Fish in the Dark. He won a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award in 1999 for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway and previously made his name onstage in shows like Merrily We Roll Along and The Rink. Scott earned Tony nominations for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and two for Everyday Rapture—one for her performance and another for her book of the musical. Testa is a Drama Desk Special Award winner and a two-time Tony nominee for 42nd Street and On The Town.