Where can you see Darth Vader and one of the gals from Bridesmaids on the same stage? The Longacre Theater, that’s where! You Can’t Take it With You brings endearing wit and smart comedy to an amazing ensemble cast.
Written by George Kaufman and Moss Hart, You Can’t Take it With You premiered at the Booth Theater on Broadway in 1936. Appealing to the escapism that audiences craved during the 30’s, You Can’t Take it With You preached a life of carefree happiness, striving for self-serving joy above ambitions of achievement, status, or rank. It won a Pulizer Prize in 1937, and was adapted for the screen in 1938. After a successful first run of 838 performances it was revived in the 1980s, this time at the Plymouth Theater on Broadway, for a smaller run of 312 performances. For one month (Dec 2011-Jan 2012) it was adapted into a 2-act version at the Royal Exchange Theater Manchester and received rave reviews.
The 2014 re-boot of You Can’t Take it With You is a 2nd generation revival – while the theme of the show was partially defined by the tone of American culture at the time, it’s theme of living life to its fullest is a timeless dream that crosses all decades. Directed by Scott Ellis, the fierce comedic pace of this show highlights the strong timing of the talented cast. With silly bits like a talentless ballerina (Annaleigh Ashford), and a playwright who’s career began only after receiving a typewriter as a mistake (Kristine Neilson), the tax evading 'business man' (James Earl Jones) and the ‘straight man’ sister (Rose Byrne), You Can’t Take it With You reminds you - for better or for worse - that life, family and fortune really is whatever you make it.
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