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Newly announced for director Scott Ellis' cast are Tony Award winner Elizabeth Ashley (Take Her, She’s Mine; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Gore Vidal’s The Best Man) as The Grand Duchess Olga and Byron Jennings (The Merchant of Venice, Inherit the Wind) as Mr. Kirby.
Ashley and Jennings join the previously announced Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle winner James Earl Jones as Martin Vanderhof, two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Rose Byrne as Alice Sycamore, Tony Award nominee Annaleigh Ashford as Essie Carmichael, Mark Linn-Baker as Paul Sycamore, Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen as Penelope Sycamore, Tony Award nominee Reg Rogers as Boris Kolenkhov, Theatre World Award winner Crystal A. Dickinson as Rheba, three-time Drama Desk nominee Julie Halston as Gay Wellington, Marc Damon Johnson as Donald and Patrick Kerr as Mr. De Pinna.
Three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown will write original music for the production.
"Family can do crazy things to people," according to press notes. "And the Sycamore family is a little crazy to begin with. James Earl Jones heads the wackiest household to ever hit Broadway in Kaufman and Hart’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic You Can’t Take It With You. He plays wily Grandpa Vanderhof, leader of a happily eccentric gang of snake collectors, cunning revolutionaries, ballet dancers and skyrocket makers. But when the youngest daughter brings her fiancé and his buttoned-up parents over for dinner, that’s when the real fireworks start to fly."
You Can’t Take It With You will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Dominion Pictures, Jay and Cindy Gutterman, Daryl Roth, Terry Schnuck, Jane Bergère, Caiola Productions, Rebecca Gold, LaRuffa Hinderliter, Gabrielle Palitz, Spisto & Kierstead, SunnySpot Productions, VenuWorks Theatricals, Jessica Genick and Will Trice.
The original production opened at the Booth Theatre Dec. 14, 1936, and played for 837 performances. The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The production will play a limited run for 19 weeks only. Tickets are on sale by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting Telecharge.com.