Royal Family Ends Its Broadway Reign Dec. 13

By Kenneth Jones
13 Dec 2009

The Royal Family stars Jan Maxwell and Kelli Barrett
The Royal Family stars Jan Maxwell and Kelli Barrett
Photo by Joan Marcus

Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway production of The Royal Family by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber ends its scheduled run Dec. 13 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

The twice-extended production is directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt).

The Royal Family, the comic and sorrowful account of a Barrymore-like theatrical family, opened Oct. 8, and was embraced by critics. By close, the production will have run 26 previews and 77 performances.

The cast features "Saturday Night Live" alum Ana Gasteyer (Kitty Dean), Tony Award winner John Glover (Herbert Dean), Tony Award winner and Oscar nominee Rosemary Harris (Fanny Cavendish), Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Jan Maxwell (Julie Cavendish), Broadway veteran Larry Pine (Gilbert Marshall), Tony Award nominee Tony Roberts (Oscar Wolfe), and Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award nominee Reg Rogers (Tony Cavendish). They are joined by Freddy Arsenault (Perry Stewart), Kelli Barrett (Gwen Cavendish), Caroline Stefanie Clay (Della), Rufus Collins (McDermott, Gunga), David Greenspan (Jo), Anthony Newfield (Chauffeur), Henny Russell (Miss Peake), Cat Walleck (Hallboy) and John Wernke (Hallboy).

According to MTC, "Follow a famous family of stage stars as they go about the drama of the day: choosing scripts, dashing off to performances, stealing kisses from handsome beaus. But what’s this business about the youngest diva wanting to quit the stage for domestic bliss? Never, darling!"

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