Baitz's drama about a wealthy Republican family attempting to kick sand over its past debuted Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzie E. Newhouse Theater to acclaim last winter.
A lack of available Broadway theatres made an immediate Broadway transfer impossible this spring, leaving LCT to aim for a fall bow. Opening night is scheduled for Nov. 3.
The Broadway run will reunite major players from the Off-Broadway world premiere, as well as a handful of new faces. As previously reported, Linda Lavin, who originated the role of acidic alcoholic aunt Silda Grauman in the Off-Broadway production, will not be part of the Broadway cast. Her role will now be played by Emmy winner Light, who received a Tony nomination last season for her performance in Lombardi.
Also new to the cast will be "Brothers & Sisters" star Rachel Griffiths, who will play the role of Brooke Wyeth, portrayed by Elizabeth Marvel Off-Broadway.
They join original cast members including Tony winner Channing (Six Degrees of Separation, The House of Blue Leaves), Golden Globe winner Keach (Indians, "Hemingway") and Tony nominee Thomas Sadoski (Reasons to Be Pretty). Joe Mantello directs. Other Desert Cities centers on a shamed Republican family who buries a crime committed by their eldest son, only to have their daughter return home with news of an explosive memoir.
The Broadway production will reunite Lincoln Center Theater's original design team: John Lee Beatty (sets), David Zinn (costumes), Kenneth Posner (lighting), Jill BC DuBoff (sound) and Justin Ellington (original music).
Baitz's plays include The Paris Letter, Ten Unknowns, Mizlansky/Zilinsky or Schmucks, A Fair Country, The Film Society, The Substance of Fire, The End of the Day and Three Hotels. He has also written the screenplays for "The Substance of Fire" and "People I Know" as well as for TV's "Brothers & Sisters" (which he created), "The West Wing" and "Alias."
For tickets, priced $56.50-$126.50, visit Telecharge. A limited number of tickets priced $31.50 will be available at every performance through LincTix, LCT's new program for 21 to 35 year olds. For information and to enroll, visit LincTix.org.