Original 39 Steps Cast Member Will Reprise His Performance for the Show's Off-Broadway Return

News   Original 39 Steps Cast Member Will Reprise His Performance for the Show's Off-Broadway Return
Arnie Burton, an original cast member of 39 Steps, will reprise his role of Clown #2 in the Off-Broadway return of Patrick Barlow's Tony Award-nominated comedy, based on an original concept by Nobby Dimon and Simon Corble. Performances will begin April 1. 

Producer Douglas Denoff announced Feb. 24 that the cast also includes Billy Carter as Clown #1, Robert Petkoff as the dashing hero Richard Hannay and recent Juilliard grad Brittany Vicars, who will make her New York City stage debut as Pamela/Annabella/Margaret.

Opening night is set for April 13 at the Union Square Theatre.

"I am thrilled to return to 39 Steps," stated Burton. "I can honestly say I never tired of doing the show. As a shy kid growing up in Arizona, I loved three things: old black and white movies, the theatre, and ‘The Carol Burnett Show.’ For a character actor, it doesn’t get much better than 39 Steps!"

The production will reunite the original creative team, including Tony-nominated author Patrick Barlow, Tony-nominated director Maria Aitken, Tony-winning lighting designer Kevin Adams, Tony-winning sound designer Mic Pool and Tony-nominated scenic and costume designer Peter McKintosh.

Binder Casting cast the production, featuring general management by Roy Gabay Productions and Daniel Kuney. 39 Steps, according to press notes, "is a comedic spoof of the classic 1935 film, with only 4 “insanely talented” actors portraying more than 150 characters, sometimes changing roles in the blink of an eye. The brilliantly madcap story follows our dashing hero Richard Hannay as he races to solve the mystery of The 39 Steps, all the while trying to clear his name. The show’s uproarious fast-paced 100 minutes promises to leave you gasping for breath… in a good way! It’s fun for everyone from 9 to 99."

The 39 Steps (which has now dropped the "The" from its title) received its American premiere at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston prior to opening on Broadway in 2008 at the American Airlines Theatre. It transferred to the Cort Theatre and then to the Helen Hayes Theatre before closing in January 2010. After closing on Broadway, the work moved to New World Stages, where it played through January 2011.

For more information, visit 39StepsNY.com

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