Arnie Burton, Jennifer Ferrin, and Charles Edwards
in The 39 Steps
(© T Charles Erickson)
Arnie Burton, Jennifer Ferrin, and Charles Edwards
in The 39 Steps
(© T Charles Erickson)
Arnie Burton, Charles Edwards, Jennifer Ferrin, and Cliff Saunders will star in the Broadway production of The 39 Steps, to play the Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre, January 4-March 23. The production, to be directed by Maria Aitken, will open officially on January 15.

The same cast, who play more than 100 characters, recently performed the show at Boston's Huntington Theatre under Aitken's direction. For this production, the company will also include Claire Brownwell, Cameron Fulmar, and Mark Shanahan. The creative team will include Peter McKintosh (sets and costumes), Kevin Adams (lighting), and Mic Pool (sound).

The play is a comedic take on Hitchcock's 1935 classic thriller of the same name (inspired by John Buchan's 1915 novel) about a man who is forced by a mysterious woman's death into a cross-country race for his life. Aitken helmed the London production, which was adapted by Patrick Barlow, based on a concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon. The play won the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

Edwards, who will play dashing hero Richard Hannay, first played the role in the show's London production. His film credits include An Ideal Husband, Mansfield Park, Batman Begins, and the forthcoming The All Together. Ferrin, who will play Pamela and Margaret, is best known for her role as Jennifer Munson on CBS's As The World Turns.

Burton and Saunders will play the Clowns. Burton's stage credits include The Jew of Malta, The Merchant of Venice, and The Last Sunday in June. Saunders has starred on stage in The Lord of the Rings, Habeas Corpus, and Beauty and the Beast; his film and TV credits include Chicago, Monk, and the Eloise TV movies.