Boeing-Boeing Will Land at the Longacre in April with Rylance, Baranski and Whitford

By Andrew Gans
14 Feb 2008

Tony winner Christine Baranski will return to Broadway in Boeing-Boeing.
Tony winner Christine Baranski will return to Broadway in Boeing-Boeing.

Boeing-Boeing, the 1960s London smash that has been a recent hit all over again on the West End, will begin previews at Broadway's Longacre Theatre April 19 with an official opening scheduled for May 4.

As previously reported by Playbill.com, Mark Rylance — who was recently nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance as Robert in the London production of Boeing — will repeat his work for Broadway audiences. He will be joined onstage by Bradley Whitford (TV's "The West Wing," "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," Broadway's A Few Good Men, Off-Broadway's Three Days of Rain) and stage and screen star Christine Baranski (Rumors, The Real Thing, "Cybill").

Marc Camoletti's play concerns a swingin' bachelor and his three stewardess fiancées (Gloria, Gabriella and Gretchen); the actresses playing the three flight attendants will be announced shortly. Matthew Warchus (The Lord of the Rings, Broadway's recent Life x 3, Follies and True West) will again direct.

In Boeing-Boeing, press notes state, "an architect living in Paris (Whitford) has been successfully juggling three flight attendant fiancées with his housekeeper (Baranski) reluctantly playing romantic air-traffic controller as they fly in and out of his swank bachelor pad. But when an old school pal (Rylance) visits, things get rather turbulent. Schedules change, flights are delayed and chaos ensues in this whirl of mayhem and matchmaking."

The production features scenic and costume design by Rob Howell, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Simon Baker, original music by Claire Van Kampen and curtain call by Bruno Tonioli.



Boeing Boeing originally opened in London in the early '60s and held the world record for the longest-running comedy in the West End, playing over 2,000 performances. It transferred to Broadway for a brief 23-performance run in 1965, but later took off as a licensable property in theatres around the U.S. John Rich directed the film version starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.

The current London production was also nominated for an Olivier for Best Revival.

The Broadway production of Boeing-Boeing will be produced by Sonia Friedman Productions/Bob Boyett, Act Productions/Matthew Byam Shaw, Robert G. Bartner and The Weinstein Company.

The Longacre Theatre is located in Manhattan at 220 West 48th Street. For ticket information visit telecharge.com or BoeingOnBroadway.com.