Broadway: James Earl Jones & Elizabeth Ashley And John Lithgow & Glenn Close

  • August 24, 2014

The film version of A Delicate Balance starred Oscar© winner Katharine Hepburn (The Philadelphia Story, The Lion in Winter), Oscar© winner Paul Scofield (A Man for All Seasons, Quiz Show), Oscar© nominee Lee Remick (Days of Wine and Roses), and Joseph Cotten (The Third Man) 

Tony-winners will be starring in the revivals of two very different Pulitzer Prize winning plays, and both promise to be great shows. One play, the comedy You Can’t Take It With You, was a huge hit almost 80 years ago, while the other, the drama A Delicate Balance, helped to confirm the importance of Edward Albee as a major American dramatist when it premiered in 1966.

A True American Comedy

The Sycamores do their own thing.

The Sycamores do their own thing.

You Can’t Take It With You offers America a vision of a nation and people who are best served when they follow their dreams and decide to enjoy life rather than taking a pathway that might make them rich but miserable. After all, what do we really have to spend on this earth but time, and if it’s not well-spent, if it’s filled with pursing things that don’t make us happy, then what do we really accomplish by becoming rich but empty human beings?

James Earl Jones and the cast of You Can't Take It With You.

James Earl Jones and the cast of You Can’t Take It With You.

You Can’t Take It With You is a comedy filled with outrageously unusual and funny characters and offers audiences a clash of cultures as the non-traditional and fairly unusual Sycamore family hosts the straight-laced and business-minded Kirbys. The meeting occurs when Tony Kirby, a young man in love with Alice Sycamore, brings his parents to dinner at Alice’s house on the wrong night. It is a night filled with calamity, hilarity, and unpredictability. Oh, and, also, a lot of laughs.

A Drama About the Anxiety of the Unknown

Close and Lithgow star.

Close and Lithgow star.

In 1966, some considered Edward Albee an Absurdist. And although his plays have some of the same elements that writers such as Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco used, Albee’s dramas offered a much deeper look into character than highly theatrical pieces such as Waiting for Godot and The Bald Soprano. A Delicate Balance is an anxiety attack times ten, as the audience enters into the lives of an upper middle class family and their friends that are rife with unsettling fears, which cannot be described and for which people self-medicate heavil

In 1966, some considered Edward Albee an Absurdist. And although his plays have some of the same elements that writers such as Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco used, Albee’s dramas offered a much deeper look into character than highly theatrical pieces such as Waiting for Godot and The Bald Soprano. A Delicate Balance is an anxiety attack times ten, as the audience enters into the lives of an upper middle class family and their friends that are rife with unsettling fears, which cannot be described and for which people self-medicate heavily.

The Stars

YOU CANT906Tony-winner James Earl Jones (Martin Vanderhof) returns once again to Broadway. Jones, an amazingly versatile actor who can adroitly play comedy or drama, will be joined by Broadway vet and Tony-winner Elizabeth Ashley (The Grand Duchess Olga). Also in the cast are Tony nominees Annaleigh Ashford (Alice Sycamore) and Kristine Nielsen (Penny Sycamore).

Tony-winners John Lithgow (Tobias) and Glenn Close (Agnes) will be featured in A Delicate Balance. Although both are well known for their film and TV work, Lithgow and Close both had established Broadway careers before they became stars of the small and big screen. The pairing of Lithgow and Close is an exciting one and will give audiences the opportunity to see two of the finest American actors of the day creating electric moments on stage.

Opening Soon!

You Can’t Take It With You will preview on August 26, 2014, and open September 28th, while A Delicate Balance previews October 20, 2014, and opens November 20th. For more information on these two revivals and anything and everything for groups visiting New York, contact All Tickets Inc. at 1-800-922-0716.

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