Sylvia, Starring Annaleigh Ashford and Matthew Broderick, Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet Arrivals and Curtain Call!

News   Sylvia, Starring Annaleigh Ashford and Matthew Broderick, Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet Arrivals and Curtain Call!
 
Annaleigh Ashford, a Tony winner for her performance in You Can't Take It With You, returns to Broadway playing an adorable, outspoken pooch in A.R. Gurney's touching comedy Sylvia, which officially opened Oct. 27 following previews that began Oct. 2 at the Cort Theatre.

Ashford is joined by two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick as Sylvia's owner, who is going through a midlife crisis. Broderick's Emmy-winning wife, Sarah Jessica Parker, starred in the original Off-Broadway production of the Gurney play.

Daniel Sullivan directs the Broadway staging of the 1995 play about a married couple and their beloved dog Sylvia (who can talk to the audience, yell at a passing cat and flirt with a fellow canine named Bowser); the cast also stars Tony winner Julie White (Airline Highway) as Broderick's wife and Robert Sella (Stuff Happens, Sleepy Hollow, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) in a variety of roles, both male and female.

Sylvia, according to press notes, is about "what happens when a smart, sassy, captivating canine befriends a New Yorker in Central Park and changes his life—and his wife’s life—forever. This wonderful look into the complexities of love and commitment asks what it truly means to be devoted to your partner…and how do you choose between the love of your life and man’s best friend?" The production has scenic design by Tony Award nominee David Rockwell, costume design by Academy Award winner Ann Roth, lighting design by Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman, sound design by Peter Fitzgerald and music by Greg Pliska with wig and makeup design by Campbell Young Associates. James Fitzsimmons is the production stage manager. Casting is by Telsey + Company/William Cantler, CSA.

Sylvia is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Daryl Roth.

The original 1995 production starred Parker (as Sylvia), Blythe Danner and Charles Kimbrough, and ran 167 performances at Manhattan Theatre Club's Stage I.

The Cort Theatre is located at 138 W. 48th Street. Tickets are available by visiting telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

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