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Mike Birbiglia's The New One Announces a Broadway Transfer

The comedian’s latest solo play will run at the Cort Theatre beginning this October.

Mike Birbiglia in The New One, coming to Broadway's Cort Theatre for a limited engagement.
Mike Birbiglia in The New One, coming to Broadway's Cort Theatre for a limited engagement.
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Comedian Mike Birbiglia's solo show The New One will transfer to Broadway's Cort Theatre for a limited nine-week engagement, following a sold-out off-Broadway run at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Performances will begin on October 25, with the official opening set for November 11, and will run through January 20, 2019.

Written by Mike Birbiglia, with additional writing by Jennifer Hope Stein, The New One is directed by Seth Barrish, with set design for Broadway by Beowulf Boritt, lighting design by Aaron Copp, and sound design by Leon Rothenberg. The Broadway mounting is produced by Kevin McCollum, with This American Life's Ira Glass serving as executive producer. Joe Birbiglia is associate producer and Mike Lavoie is production consultant.

Birbiglia offered the following statement about the production: "I'm so excited to be bringing The New One to the Cort Theater on Broadway which is where I saw the great Kenneth Lonergan play This Is Our Youth. Which is fitting because this show is about somebody's youth. Not mine. But somebody's! I won't tell you any more than that. The truth is I try not to tell people anything about my new show because, I find, the less you know about the show the more you will enjoy it. My goal is to make as many people laugh as possible and ideally several hundred will cry."

Birbiglia made his solo theater debut with Sleepwalk with Me, which went on to be adapted into a New York Times best-selling book and Sundance award-winning feature film of the same name. Since then, Birbiglia has written and performed Thank God for Jokes and My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, for which he received a Lucille Lortel Award.