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39 Steps Sets Its Sights Back to Broadway

The revival will end its run at the Union Square Theatre before attempting a move in 2016.

A scene from 39 Steps at the Union Square Theatre.
(© Joan Marcus)

The ongoing off-Broadway production of the long-running comedy 39 Steps has its sights set on a return to Broadway. The show will end its run at the Union Square Theatre on January 3 with an eye to finding a home on the Great White Way in 2016.

When this run ends, 39 Steps will have played 14 preview performances and 303 regular performances at Union Square, in addition to its 1,135 performances in its original New York run. It ran January 15, 2008-January 10, 2010, playing in three Broadway theaters — Roundabout's American Airlines Theatre, the Cort Theatre, and the Helen Hayes. All together, the show will have played 1,452 performances.

The play was adapted by Tony-nominated author Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, and based on the book by John Buchan as well as the classic 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film. The new production, which opened April 13 off-Broadway, reunites the entire original creative team, including 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.

39 Steps features four actors portraying more than 150 characters. The cast is led by Robert Petkoff (All the Way) as Richard Hannay, the dashing hero racing to solve the mystery of the 39 Steps while trying to clear his name; Brittany Vicars as the fetching Pamela, Annabella, and Margaret; Billy Carter as Clown #1; and Cameron Pow as Clown #2.

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