Anna Chlumsky Will Make Broadway Debut in You Can't Take It With You; Richard Thomas to Also Join Cast

News   Anna Chlumsky Will Make Broadway Debut in You Can't Take It With You; Richard Thomas to Also Join Cast
Producers of the critically acclaimed revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's You Can’t Take It With You have announced that Emmy Award-nominated TV and film star Anna Chlumsky (“Veep," "My Girl") and Emmy Award-winning screen and stage star Richard Thomas (“The Waltons," “The Americans," Race) will join the cast of the production in January 2015.

Anna Chlumsky
Anna Chlumsky

Chlumsky and Thomas will take over the roles of Alice Sycamore and Paul Sycamore, respectively, beginning Jan. 6. They will succeed Rose Byrne and Mark Linn-Baker, who are scheduled to play their final performances on Jan. 4.

The production will mark Chlumsky's Broadway debut.

The comedy, which officially opened Sept. 28 at the Longacre Theatre, is currently scheduled to play through Feb. 22. Directed by six-time Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Scott Ellis, the production stars Tony winner James Earl Jones.

The complete cast of You Can’t Take It With You currently includes Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle winner Jones as Martin Vanderhof, two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Byrne as Alice Sycamore, Tony winner Elizabeth Ashley as The Grand Duchess Olga, Tony Award nominee Annaleigh Ashford as Essie Carmichael, Johanna Day as Mrs. Kirby, three-time Drama Desk nominee Julie Halston as Gay Wellington, Byron Jennings as Mr. Kirby, Fran Kranz as Tony Kirby,Linn-Baker as Paul Sycamore, Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen as Penelope Sycamore, Tony Award nominee Reg Rogers as Boris Kolenkhov, Will Brill as Ed Carmichael, Nick Corley as a G-Man, Austin Durant as a G-Man, Theatre World Award winner Crystal A. Dickinson as Rheba, Marc Damon Johnson as Donald, Karl Kenzler as Henderson, Patrick Kerr as Mr. De Pinna and Joe Tapper as a G-Man.

Tony winner Jason Robert Brown has written original music for the revival. The production also has set design by Tony Award nominee David Rockwell, costume design by 2014 Special Tony Award recipient Jane Greenwood, lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Donald Holder, sound design by Jon Weston and hair and wig design by Tom Watson.

"Family can do crazy things to people. And the Sycamore family is a little crazy to begin with," according to press notes. "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 of the play opened at the Booth Theatre on Dec. 14, 1936, and played for 837 performances. The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

You Can’t Take It With You is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Dominion Pictures, Gutterman & Winkler, Daryl Roth, Terry Schnuck, Jane Bergère, Caiola Productions, Rebecca Gold, LaRuffa & Hinderliter, Gabrielle Palitz, Spisto & Kierstead, SunnySpot Productions, VenuWorksTheatricals, Jessica Genick and Will Trice.

A limited number of student rush tickets, which are subject to availability, can be purchased with a valid student ID at the box office of The Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street) when the box office opens for the day of the performance on a first-come, first-served basis. The box office opens at 10 AM ET Monday through Saturday and at noon on Sunday. Student rush tickets are $30 each (includes facilities fee) and are limited to one ticket per valid student ID.

Tickets are on sale by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting

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