Alex Timbers Will Direct The Philadelphia Story on Broadway

By Kenneth Jones
16 Nov 2012

Alex Timbers
Alex Timbers

Roundabout Theatre Company will produce a new Broadway production of Philip Barry's comedy of class, manners and marriage, The Philadelphia Story, directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers, in fall 2013.

Performances will play American Airlines Theatre. Dates and casting will be announced.

"The Philadelphia Story is a witty comedy of romance and manners set in Philadelphia high society during the late 1930s," according to Roundabout. "The play was last seen on Broadway in 1981 starring Blythe Danner, Frank Converse and Edward Herrmann. The Philadelphia Story premiered on Broadway in 1939 starring Katharine Hepburn and following its successful run, was made into the well-known, and Academy Award-nominated, 1940 film also starring Hepburn, with Cary Grant and James Stewart." It was also adapted into the movie musical "High Society" starring Grace Kelly.

Timbers returns to Roundabout following his Roundabout Underground debut with The Language of Trees in 2008. He's the recipient of Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as two OBIE Awards.



American playwright Barry's Broadway plays include You and I (1923), Paris Bound (1927), Holiday (1928), Tomorrow and Tomorrow (1931), The Animal Kingdom (1932), Hotel Universe (1940), Without Love (1942) and more. Barry died in New York City in 1949 at the age of 53.

Timbers' Broadway credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (co-director, OBIE Award for Best Director, Tony nomination for Best Director), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (also book writer; Drama Desk Award for Best Book, Lortel and OCC Awards for Best Musical, Tony nomination for Best Book), The Pee-wee Herman Show. Off-Broadway, he directed A Very Merry Unauthorized Pageant (OBIE Award, Garland Award for Best Director), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Drama Desk nomination for Best Director of a Musical), Hell House (Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience).

This spring, he will direct David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's immersive club-music show Here Lies Love at The Public Theater. He is director of Rocky the Musical, now getting its world premiere in Hamburg.

Tickets for The Philadelphia Story will go on sale to subscribers in early 2013 and the general public in summer 2013. Visit roundabouttheatre.org.