VIDEO! Playbill Backstage Rips Back the Curtain on The 39 Steps in Four-Part Series

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Playbill Backstage, the monthly video feature that puts a video camera in the hands of Broadway and Off-Broadway cast members, now turns its attention to The 39 Steps, the Alfred Hitchcock-inspired international comedy that has settled into a life at New World Stages.

The 39 Steps' John Behlmann, Cameron Folmar, Jamie Jackson and Kate MacCluggage
The 39 Steps' John Behlmann, Cameron Folmar, Jamie Jackson and Kate MacCluggage Photo by Carol Rosegg

Meet the quick-changing Off-Broadway cast — John Behlmann as innocent-man Richard Hannay, plus Cameron Folmar, Jamie Jackson and Kate MacCluggage as multi-taskers who play a population of characters — as they take you behind the scenes in our four-part series Aug. 31-Sept. 3.

A birthday party for Hitchcock; payday!; the mirror of destroyed feelings; and an understudy gets his revenge. It's all revealed backstage at The 39 Steps. This edition of Playbill Backstage is edited by David Gewirtzman.

Here are the four videos:

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The fast-paced comic thriller The 39 Steps made the leap from Broadway to Off-Broadway on March 25 with the production's first preview at New World Stages in the midtown theatre district. Opening night at New World Stages – Stage 1 (340 West 50th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenue) was April 15.

This move — the creative team and scenic elements are the same, but the cast is new — marks the fourth New York home for the Tony Award-winning comedy that first dawned in England. (It's also one of two high-profile moves of Broadway shows to Off-Broadway since fall 2009; Tony winner Avenue Q is also now at New World Stages.)

Broadway's The 39 Steps began performances on Jan. 4, 2008, and opened Jan. 15, 2008, at Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre. The production then moved to the Cort Theatre and Helen Hayes Theatre, playing for over two years and 771 performances, the longest run of any Broadway play in seven years. Its final performance at the Hayes was Jan. 10.

According to the producers, "The 39 Steps features a cast of four actors who, against all odds, breathlessly and hilariously attempt to reenact all of the characters, locations and famous scenes in Hitchcock's 1935 film thriller with just a few props and a lot of theatrical ingenuity and split second quick changes."

For the record, the zany show received its American premiere in September 2007 by Huntington Theatre Company in Boston. Adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Maria Aitken, The 39 Steps is based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and on the book by John Buchan.

Set and costume design is by Peter McKintosh, lighting design is by Kevin Adams and sound design is by Mic Pool. Original movement was created by Toby Sedgwick. Additional movement is created by Christopher Bayes. Production stage manager is Nevin Hedley.

Behlmann appeared in Broadway's Journey's End and Off-Broadway's Ghosts for the Pearl Theatre Company. Folmar (Man #2) was in Broadway's The 39 Steps. He originated Candy Delaney in Five by Tenn at Manhattan Theatre Club.

Jamie Jackson (Man #1) appeared in the national tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. MacCluggage (Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret) was in the company of Broadway's The Farnsworth Invention. The company also includes Greg Jackson and Jane Pfitsch.

The 39 Steps is produced by Bob Boyett, Harriet Newman Leve, Jane Dubin, Richard Winkler/Dan Frishwasser, Pamela Laudenslager/Douglas Denoff, Olympus Theatricals, Tim Levy/Jennifer Isaacson, Manocherian Productions, Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley, Remmel T. Dickinson, True Love Productions, Kevin Lyle, Marek J. Cantor, Lary Brandt/Meredith Lucio/Probo Productions, in association with Roundabout Theatre Company, Huntington Theatre Company and Edward Snape for Fiery Angel Ltd.

Tickets ($89.50–$69.50) are available through Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or online at Student rush is available for $27.50. All prices include a $1.50 facility fee.

Performances play Monday, Wednesday–Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 3 PM and 8 PM, Sunday at 3 PM and 7 PM. Visit

Jamie Jackson, Cameron Folmar, Kate MacCluggage and John Behlmann
Jamie Jackson, Cameron Folmar, Kate MacCluggage and John Behlmann
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