Jordan Roth Will Bring Clybourne Park To Broadway

News   Jordan Roth Will Bring Clybourne Park To Broadway
Despite the loss of lead producer Scott Rudin, who abandoned his plan to produce Bruce Norris' play Clybourne Park on Broadway this spring, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama will make its Broadway debut after all.

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Jordan Roth, president of Jujamcyn Theaters, said in a Feb. 3 statement, “It is a true privilege for all of us at Jujamcyn to bring such a fiercely provocative and wildly funny work to Broadway audiences. Clybourne Park is on. We’ll see you there!”

Clybourne Park had been announced for an April 12 opening at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Whether this date remains has yet to be confirmed by Roth, although the New York Times reports that the producer told the cast of the play that it would open in April as planned.

A spokesperson for the production told Feb. 3 an official announcement about the show's Broadway preview/opening dates would be made in the forthcoming week.

The original cast of the 2010 world-premiere Playwrights Horizons production, including Crystal A. Dickinson, Brendan Griffin, Damon Gupton, Christina Kirk, Annie Parisse, Jeremy Shamos and Frank Wood, is expected to make the move to Broadway. That cast is currently performing the acclaimed drama at Center Theater Group’s Mark Taper Forum through Feb. 26. Pam MacKinnon directs.

In Clybourne Park, which also won the Olivier Award for Best New Play, "Norris imagines the history of one of the more important houses in literary history, both before and after it becomes a focal point in Lorraine Hansberry's classic A Raisin in the Sun," according to previous press notes. "In 1959, the house, which is located in a white neighborhood at 406 Clybourne St. in Chicago, is sold to an African-American family (the Younger family in A Raisin in the Sun). Then in 2009 after the neighborhood has changed into an African-American community, the house is sold to a white couple. It is through this prism of property ownership that Norris' lacerating sense of humor dissects race relations and middle class hypocrisies in America." Clybourne Park features scenic design by Daniel Ostling, costume design by Ilona Somogyi, lighting design by Allen Lee Hughes and sound design by John Gromada. The production stage manager is C.A. Clark.

Other plays by Bruce Norris include The Infidel (2000), Purple Heart (2002), We All Went Down to Amsterdam (2003 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work), The Pain and the Itch (2004 Jefferson Award) and The Unmentionables (2006), all of which premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre. He is the recipient of the 2009 Steinberg Playwright Award, the Whiting Foundation Prize for Drama, and the Kesselring Prize, Honorable Mention.

Walter Kerr Theatre is located at 219 West 48th Street.

Read's Feb. 1 story about Rudin withdrawing from Clybourne Park.

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