Jessie Austrian, Jayne Houdyshell and Brian Murray Will Join Broadway's Earnest

By Kenneth Jones
23 Feb 2011

Brian Murray
Brian Murray
Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The cast of Broadway's extended production of The Importance of Being Earnest will welcome Brian Murray, Jayne Houdyshell and Jessie Austrian to the American Airlines Theatre on March 22.

They replace Paxton Whitehead, Dana Ivey and Sara Topham, respectively, in the roles of Rev. Chasuble, Miss Prism and Gwendolen Fairfax. The rest of the original cast — Santino Fontana as Algernon, David Furr as John, Tim MacDonald as Merriman, Paul O'Brien as Lane and Charlotte Parry as Cecily, plus the inimitable Brian Bedford as Lady Backnell — continue with the Bedford-directed staging. The Roundabout Theatre Company revival of the classic comedy of manners by Oscar Wilde continues to July 3.

Ivey, Whitehead and Topham will play their final performance on March 20.

Austrian's credits include Broadway's Lend Me a Tenor and Roundabout's The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Houdyshell is a Tony nominee for Well, and appeared as Madame Morrible in Wicked; Murray appeared in Broadway's The Crucible and The Little Foxes, earning Tony nominations.



For tickets and information, call (212) 719-1300 or visit www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines Box Office at 227 West 42nd Street.