Directed by six-time Tony nominee Scott Ellis, Nielsen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) will play the role of Penelope Sycamore. Further casting will be announced soon.
Producers also announced that Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, a 2014 Tony nominee for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations for The Bridges of Madison County, 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."
The original production opened at the Booth Theater Dec. 14, 1936, and played for 837 performances. The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
You Can’t Take It With You will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Dominion Pictures, Gutterman Chernoff, Terry Schnuck, Caiola Productions, Gabrielle Palitz, R&D Theatricals, SunnySpot Productions, Jessica Genick and Will Trice.
The Longacre Theatre is located at 220 West 48th Street.