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James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne Open on Broadway in You Can't Take It With You

George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy comes back to Broadway after a 30-year absence.

James Earl Jones leads a cast that includes Kristine Nielsen and Marc Damon Johnson in George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's You Can't Take It With You, directed by Scott Ellis, at the Longacre Theatre.
(© Joan Marcus)

Xylophones, fireworks, strange Russian émigrés, and a cast of what seems like thousands: They just don't make plays like You Can't Take It With You anymore. Since it premiered on Broadway in 1936, George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's classic comedy about an eccentric Staten Island family and the romantic prospects of its one "normal" daughter has been produced by nearly every high school drama club and community theater in the United States. It has also been revived on Broadway three times. The fourth Broadway revival will open tonight at the Longacre Theatre.

It features an all-star cast including Tony Award winner James Earl Jones (Gore Vidal's The Best Man), Tony Award winner Elizabeth Ashley (Gore Vidal's The Best Man), Tony Award nominee Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots), Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), Tony award nominee Johanna Day (August: Osage County), Drama Desk Award winner Byron Jennings (Macbeth), Julie Halston (Anything Goes), Fran Kranz (Death of a Salesman), Mark Linn-Baker (Relatively Speaking), Tony Award nominee Reg Rogers (The Big Knife), Will Brill (Act One), Nick Corley (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Crystal Dickinson (Clybourne Park), Austin Durant (Macbeth), Marc Damon Johnson (Lucky Guy), Karl Kenzler (Mary Poppins), Patrick Kerr (The Ritz), Joe Tapper (Broadway debut), and Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) in her Broadway debut. Scott Ellis directs.

Check out the gallery below for photos from the production: