Sunset for Billie Dawn: Broadway's Born Yesterday Closes June 26

By Kenneth Jones
June 26, 2011

The new Broadway production of Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday, which earned Nina Arianda a Best Actress Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of dumb-blonde Billie Dawn, closes June 26, a month earlier than expected. Its limited run was originally scheduled through July 31.



It will have played 28 previews and 73 performances at the Cort Theatre. Tony winner Doug Hughes directed the revival of the 1946 Broadway hit that also stars Jim Belushi and Robert Sean Leonard. It opened April 24 following previews from March 31.

For her performance as Billie, Arianda won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Play and also received a nomination for the Drama Desk Award. Read the interview with Arianda, from Playbill magazineBorn Yesterday also received nominations for Best Revival of a Play from the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle. The production's costume designer Catherine Zuber received a Tony nomination for best costume design for a play.

Read the Playbill.com Leading Men column about Leonard and Belushi. The cast of Born Yesterday also includes Frank Wood, Terry Beaver, Patricia Hodges, Michael McGrath, Fred Arsenault, Bill Christ, Jennifer Regan, Liv Rooth, Danny Rutigliano, Andrew Weems and Chris Barnes.

The play, which made Judy Holiday a star for her performance on Broadway and in the film version, tells the story of the dumb-blonde ex-chorus girl named Billie Dawn, whose lover, a crooked businessman seeking favors in Washington, DC, hires a reporter to educate her.

The scenic design for Born Yesterday is by John Lee Beatty; lighting design is by Peter Kaczorowski; original music/sound design is by David Van Tieghem; hair/wig design is by Tom Watson; casting is by Jay Binder; fight direction is by J. David Brimmer; production stage manager is Tripp Phillips.

Born Yesterday is produced by Philip Morgaman, Anne Caruso, Vincent Caruso, Frankie J. Grande, James P. MacGilvray, Brian Kapetanis, and Robert S. Basso in association with Peter J. Puleo.

Born Yesterday plays the Cort Theatre, 138 West 48 Street. Visit www.telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250.

For more information, visit www.BornYesterdayOnBroadway.com.