Heartbreak House, Starring Philip Bosco and Swoosie Kurtz, Ends Run on Broadway

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The Broadway revival of George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House — starring Philip Bosco, Swoosie Kurtz, Byron Jennings, Lily Rabe and Laila Robins —ends its scheduled run at the American Airlines Theatre Dec. 17.

Robin Lefevre directed the Roundabout Theatre Company's first entry of the 2006-2007 season, which began performances Sept. 15 and opened Oct. 11. The work had extended its run one week.

Penned by Shaw, Heartbreak House follows "the unlikely romantic encounters that occur in an estate on the English countryside," according to Roundabout. "Romance springs eternal but never mutual, and the most successful relationships have the least to do with love."

Bosco — last seen in Roundabout's Twelve Angry Men on Broadway — starred as Captain Shotover. The work marked his 13th production with the company following Off-Broadway productions of A Month in the Country, Don Juan in Hell, Hedda Gabler, Inadmissable Evidence, Misalliance, The Caretaker, Learned Ladies, Ah, Wilderness!, Come Back, Little Sheba, Master Class and A Man For All Seasons. He also recently appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Kurtz — seen in her Emmy Award-nominated performance (her ninth) on Showtime's "Huff" — played in Roundabout's The Mineola Twins. The actress won a Tony Award nomination for her last appearance on Broadway in Frozen. Other stage credits include Imaginary Friends, Love Letters, A History of the American Film, Tartuffe, Ah, Wilderness! and The House of Blue Leaves, Fifth of July. She earned Tony Awards for the latter two.

Roundabout's perpetually-employed Jennings has been seen in A Touch of the Poet, The Foreigner and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Rabe starred on Broadway in Steel Magnolias and Off-Broadway in Colder Than Here. Robins — who appeared opposite Kurtz in Frozen — has also played Off-Broadway recently in Sore Throats. The cast also included Bill Camp, John Christopher Jones, Gareth Saxe and Jenny Sterlin.

The Heartbreak House design team featured John Lee Beatty (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (lights) and John Gromada (sound and original music).

Roundabout currently presents The Apple Tree at its other Broadway house, Studio 54. Expected next at the American Airlines Theatre is a staging of Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss. The show has not yet been officially announced.

Heartbreak House performed at the American Airlines Theatre, located at 227 West 42 St. For more information, go to www.roundabouttheatre.org.

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