All in the Family - Meet the Full Cast of Broadway's YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU!
Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU opened on September 28, 2014, at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). The production is directed by six-time Tony Award-nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Scott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Twelve Angry Men, 1776). Scroll down to learn more about the full cast and watch interviews with the company below!
The complete cast of You Can't Take It With You includes: Tony Award and Outer Critics' Circle winner James Earl Jones (Gore Vidal's The Best Man, Fences, The Great White Hope) as Martin Vanderhof, two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Rose Byrne* ("Damages," Bridesmaids, Neighbors) as Alice Sycamore, Tony Award winner Elizabeth Ashley (Take Her, She's Mine, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Gore Vidal's The Best Man) as The Grand Duchess Olga, Tony Award nominee Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots, Wicked, "Masters of Sex") as Essie Carmichael, Johanna Day (August: Osage County) as Mrs. Kirby, three-time Drama Desk nominee Julie Halston (Anything Goes, The Divine Sister) as Gay Wellington, Byron Jennings (The Merchant of Venice, Inherit the Wind) as Mr. Kirby, Fran Kranz (Death of a Salesman) as Tony Kirby, Mark Linn-Baker (A Funny Thing...Forum, "Perfect Strangers," My Favorite Year) as Paul Sycamore, Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) as Penelope Sycamore, Tony Award nominee Reg Rogers (Holiday, The Royal Family) as Boris Kolenkhov, Will Brill (Act One) as Ed Carmichael, Nick Corley (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) as a G-Man, Austin Durant (War Horse) as a G-Man, Theatre World Award-winner Crystal A. Dickinson (Clybourne Park) as Rheba, Marc Damon Johnson (Lucky Guy) as Donald, Karl Kenzler (Mary Poppins) as Henderson, Patrick Kerr (Stage Kiss, The Ritz) as Mr. De Pinna, and Joe Tapper (Witnessed By The World) as a G-Man.
Three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (two 2014 Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations, The Bridges of Madison County; Parade), writes original music for the production. The design team includes: set design by Tony Award nominee David Rockwell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray), costume design by 2014 special Tony Award recipient, Jane Greenwood (Act One, Waiting for Godot), lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Donald Holder (South Pacific, The Lion King), sound design by Jon Weston (The Bridges of Madison County) and hair and wig design by Tom Watson (Act One, Waiting for Godot.
Family can do crazy things to people. And the Sycamore family is a little crazy to begin with. James Earl Jonesheads the wackiest household to ever hit Broadway in Kaufman and Hart's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic You Can't Take It With You. He plays wily Grandpa Vanderhof, leader of a happily eccentric gang of snake collectors, cunning revolutionaries, ballet dancers and skyrocket makers. But when the youngest daughter brings her fiancé and his buttoned-up parents over for dinner, that's when the real fireworks start to fly.
JAMES EARL JONES
James Earl Jones made his Broadway debut in 1957 and has won Tonys for The Great White Hope, Fences; Tony nom. for On Golden Pond; Drama Desk Awards for Othello, Les Blancs, Hamlet, The Cherry Orchard, Fences; Obie Awards for Clandestine on the Morning Line,The Apple, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, Baal; a Theater World Award for Moon on a Rainbow Shawl; the L.A. Critics Circle Award for Fences; and an Olivier Award nom for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Additional theater credits include: Broadway, London and Australian productions ofDriving Miss Daisy. Most recent Broadway: The Best Man for which he received a Tony nomination. Jones is also an award-winning film and TV actor and has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Oscar.
Rose is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut in YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU. She is best known for her performance as "Ellen Parsons" in the critically acclaimed television series Damages, for which she was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe. Byrne is also known for her performance as "Helen" in the film Bridesmaids, which won multiple awards including SAG, Critics Choice and a Golden Globe, among others. Other film credits include: This is Where I Leave You, Neighbors, Insidious: Chapter 2, I Give it a Year, The Internship, Place Beyond the Pines, X-Men: First Class, Get Him to the Greek, Knowing, Adam, Marie Antoinette, 28 Weeks Later, Sunshine, The Dead Girl, Troy, Wicker Park, I Capture Castle, The Tenants, Two Hands and The Goddess of 1967. Other TV credits include: Casanova.
Broadway: Tony nominated for her role in Kinky Boots (Lauren), Hair (Jeannie), Wicked (Glinda), Legally Blonde-original cast (Margot). Off-Broadway: Dogfight (Marcy), Rent (Maureen). Chicago: Kinky Boots(Lauren), Wicked (Glinda). Workshops/Readings: Kinky Boots, All New People, Carrie, Bring It On, Cirque du Soleil's Banana Shpeel, Catch Me If You Can, Pal Joey, Black Suits. National Tour: Wicked. New York: Feeling Electric, NYMTF '05. Feature Films: Sex and the City, Rachel Getting Married. TV: Masters of Sex (series reg.), Made In Jersey,Smash, The Big C, Nurse Jackie, Law & Order, Legally Blonde: The Musical (MTV). Annaleigh was also nominated for Drama League and Clive Barnes Awards for her performance as "Maureen" in Rent. Graduate of Marymount Manhattan College.
Broadway: Lombardi, August: Osage County, Proof (Tony/Lucille Lortel nomination). Other: Appropriate (2014 Obie Award/Signature Theatre),Realistic Joneses (Yale Rep), Good People, God of Carnage(Huntington), Poor Behavior (Mark Taper Forum), Middletown(Vineyard Theatre), Quality of Life (Arena Stage), Ethan Coen's Almost an Evening (Atlantic Theatre Co.), The Evildoers (Yale Rep), Peter and Jerry (Second Stage - Drama Desk nom), Satellites (NYSF), How I Learned To Drive (Vineyard Theatre/original cast), Distracted (Mark Taper Forum), Blue Window (Manhattan Theatre Club). Television/Film: The Breatharian, The Great Gilly Hopkins, The Knick, Elementary, The Americans, Alpha House, Masters of Sex, Fringe, Law & Order: Trial By Jury, Judging Amy, The Exonerated, Unbreakable, The Eternal Pedicure.
Broadway: Anything Goes, Hairspray, Gypsy, The Twentieth Century. Off-Broadway: The Tribute Artist, The Divine Sister and numerous others. She has received three Drama Desk, two Drama League and two Outer Critics Nominations for her work on and off Broadway. TV: "Bitsy Von Muffling," Sex and The City and "Tina Carmello," The Class. Recipient of Off-Broadway Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award.
Broadway: Macbeth, Arcadia, The Merchant of Venice, Accent on Youth, Is He Dead?, Inherit the Wind, Heartbreak House, A Touch of the Poet, Twelve Angry Men, Sight Unseen, Henry IV, Dinner at Eight, Noises Off, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Invention of Love, A Month in the Country, Carousel. Off-Broadway: Waste, Don Juan, The Foreigner, Dealer's Choice, Stuff Happens, Pericles, The Merchant of Venice, On the Open Road, The Twenty-Seventh Man, Ten Chimneys.Film: Lincoln, Julie & Julia, Hamlet, Civil Action, The Ice Storm, A Time to Kill, Quiz Show, A Simple Twist of Fate, I'm Losing You.
Broadway: Death of a Salesman. Off-Broadway: Bachelorette (Second Stage). TV: Dollhouse, The Good Wife, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Frasier. Film: Mojave, Last Weekend, Murder of a Cat, Cabin in the Woods, Much Ado About Nothing, The Village, Donnie Darko, Training Day, Matchstick Men. Education: Yale.
Broadway: Relatively Speaking, Losing Louie, "Toad" in A Year With Frog and Toad, "Hysterium" in Forum (Drama League Honor, FANY Award), Neil Simon's Laughter On The 23rd Floor, David Henry Hwang's Face Value, Gary Trudeau's Doonesbury. Encores!: "Heinzie" in The Pajama Game. Joseph Papp's NYSF: All's Well That Ends Well, Othello, Von Richthofen, The Laundry Hour, Alice in Concert (with Meryl Streep). Off-Broadway: Almost An Evening, Chesapeake (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), A Flea in Her Ear (Drama League Honor), Beth Henley's The Miss Fire Cracker Contest at MTC, Randy Newman's Maybe I'm Doing It Wrong, work for EST, LaMama, West Bank Theater, Phoenix Theater, among others. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Rep, ART Cambridge (founding company member), Arena, Center Stage. Film: Woody Allen'sManhattan, Richard Benjamin's My Favorite Year, Peter Bogdanovich's Noises Off and James L. Brooks' How Do You Know. Television: Showtime's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, guest appearances on The Good Wife, Ally McBeal, Law And Order, L&O:CI, Full House, Cooper, Miami Vice,Moonlighting. Seven seasons as "Larry Appleton" on ABC's Perfect Strangers and opposite Melanie Griffith on WB's Twins. Mr. Linn-Baker is a co-founder/co-director of New York Stage and Film Company and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Broadway: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony nomination); Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; To Be or Not to Be; Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Spring Awakening; A Streetcar Named Desire; The Green Bird; Jackie; The Iceman Cometh. With Christopher Durang: Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them (Drama League, Outer Critics Circle noms.); Miss Witherspoon; Betty's Summer Vacation (Obie, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle noms.); Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge. Off-Broadway: The Killer; Crazy Mary; Our Leading Lady; Dog Opera (Obie Award). Has appeared at many regional theaters including the Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse and the Taper. Film: Morning Glory; That's What She Said; The Savages; Adelaide; Small Time Crooks. Television: Political Animals; Smash; Law & Order; Law & Order: CI; Third Watch; NBC's live broadcast of The Sound of Music. Education: M.F.A., Yale School of Drama; B.S., Northwestern.
Broadway: The Big Knife, A Free Man of Color, The Royal Family(Outer Critics Circle nom.), Holiday (Tony® & Drama Desk noms.). Select Off-Broadway: Bruce Norris' The Pain & the Itch, Itamar Moses' Bach at Leipzig, Richard Greenberg's The Dazzle (OBIE, Lortel Awards), John Patrick Shanley's Cellini. Select Film/TV: Elsa & Fred, Analyze That, Lovely by Surprise, Flesh & Bone, The Knick, Boardwalk Empire,The Good Wife, The Americans, The Closer.
Will is so very excited to be acting in a Kaufman & Hart comedy, particularly having just finished acting in Act One at Lincoln Center. Before that, in New York, he acted in Tribes (OCC nomination) and Our Town, both directed by David Cromer and both at Barrow St. Theatre. He's a founding member of Exit, Pursued by a Bear and Shelby Company, for which he acted in Restoration Comedy and Ephemerama, respectively. On screen, he acted in Not Fade Away, Girls Against Boys, King Kelly, and Louie, and the upcoming Beside Still Waters, Muckland, Up The River and Don't Worry Baby. Will learned how to act at Carnegie Mellon University, Gunn, and CMTSJ.
Broadway: The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (Roundabout revival), A Christmas Carol (original "Bob Cratchit" - Madison Square Garden),Mary Poppins (original "Park Keeper"), and She Loves Me.Other credits include: off-Bway: The Rothschilds, The No-Frills Revue, etc. Regional: Yale Rep. (All's Well That Ends Well), Kennedy Center, Goodspeed, Fulton Opera House, Staten Island's Harbor Lights Theater Company ("Fagin" in Oliver), etc. TV/Film: Kissing Jessica Stein, Submissions Only and several Law and Orders. Directing credits include the award winning Woody Sez (also co-wrote) in London's West End, Boston, Chicago, D.C., Edinburgh, Israel, China, etc.; NY: Tall Grass, Flight, Mother Russia (Carnegie Hall); and Regionally: American Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Denver Theatre Centre, Houston's Alley Theatre, Adirondack Theater Festival, Lyric Theater of Oklahoma (Former Artistic Director), Vermont's Commons Group, etc.
MARC DAMON JOHNSON
Mr. Johnson made his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy (w/ Tom Hanks), directed by George C. Wolfe. Selected works and theaters include The Brother/Sister Plays at the Public Theater (Obie Award Recipient/Drama League Nominee.); The Brothers Size at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland; Mr. Fox: A Rumination at Signature Theatre (Drama League Nominee); Measure For Measure/Two Gentlemen Of Verona (NY Shakespeare Festival); Yale Repertory Theatre, John Houseman's The Acting Company; Arena Stage; McCarter Theater; Berkeley Repertory Theater; Kennedy Center; La Jolla Playhouse; Long Wharf Theater. TV: Person Of Interest, The Blacklist, Army Wives, Rescue Me, The Sopranos, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Film:Ned Rifle (dir. Hal Hartley), Preaching to the Choir (dir. Charles Randolph-Wright), It Runs in the Family (dir. Fred Schepisi), Grace & Glorie (dir. Arthur A. Seidelman), Sweet And Lowdown (dir. Woody Allen).
CRYSTAL A. DICKINSON
Broadway: Clybourne Park (Theater World Award); Playwrights Horizons: The Call, Clybourne Park; Signature Theatre: The First Breeze of Summer; Lincoln Center: Broke-ology; Soho Rep: Born Bad; Negro Ensemble Company: Sun Down Names and Night Gone Things; Atlantic Theater: Bottom of the World. Regional: Contemporary American Theater Festival, Baltimore Centerstage, 7 Stages, Georgia Shakespeare, Houston Shakespeare, Illinois Shakespeare, Synchronicity. Television: Tyler Perry's House of Payne. Film: This is Where I Leave You, I-Origins. Education: M.F.A., University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a proud volunteer at the 52nd Street Project.
The Public Theater: Much Ado About Nothing. Lincoln Center Theater:Macbeth, War Horse. Yale Repertory Theatre: Hamlet, Death of a Salesman, Passion Play, American Night: The Ballad of Juan José. The Old Globe: Anna Christie. Intiman Theater: A Doctor in Spite of Himself. Berkshire Theatre Festival: The Illusion, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Oklahoma!. Television: Nurse Jackie, Person of Interest. Education: BA, Temple University; MFA, Yale School of Drama. 2012 Leonore Annenberg Fellow.
Broadway: Mary Poppins, Twelve Angry Men, The Caretaker, Dinner At Eight, The Heiress. Off-Broadway: Clinton (NYMF), Beyond Therapy(TACT), Peter & The Starcatcher (NYTW), The Tempest and Hamlet(CSC), Spinning Into Butter (LCT), The Charity That Began At Home andDiana Of Dobson's (Mint Theater), Back From The Front (Working Theater). Regional includes: "Iago" in Othello (Old Globe), Romeo & Juliet and His Girl Friday (Guthrie), Major Barbara (Shakespeare Theater, Helen Hayes nomination), Villa America (Williamstown), Sweet Charity (Barrington Stage). Film/TV: House of Cards (recurring), Law & Order: SVU (recurring), Person of Interest, Made in Jersey, The Good Wife, Fringe, Rescue Me, Law & Order, Now & Again, Trinity and Darwin (DarwinTheSeries.com). Education: University of Evansville (BFA), NYU Grad Acting (MFA). Visit KarlKenzler.com
Mr. De Pinna
Recent credits include two films, Anesthesia (dir. Tim Blake Nelson) and Friends and Romans (dir. Christopher Kublan). Recent stage work includes the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Stage Kiss at Playwrights Horizons, Chris Ashley's production of His Girl Friday at La Jolla Playhouse, and James Bundy's Hamlet at Yale Rep starring Paul Giamatti. New York credits include The Golem of Havana at La MaMa, The Ritz at Roundabout, Liz Egloff's The Devils at New York Theatre Workshop and Jeffrey at Minetta Lane. He is a veteran of dozens of television programs but is probably best known for his recurring roles as "Noel" on Frasierand "Michael the Blind Guy" on Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Theatre: Mother of the Maid -- Berkshire Theatre Lab, Witnessed By The World -- 59E59, The Imaginary Invalid -- Mabou Mines, Billy Witch -- Studio 42, How Shakespeare Won the West -- Huntington Theatre, A Few Good Men and Of Mice and Men -- Pioneer Theatre,Richard II -- Yale Repertory, The Jammer -- The Edinburgh International Fringe Festival (Winner of Fringe First Award). The Hangar Theatre, Northern Stage, The Kitchen Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre. Workshops/Readings at The Public Theater and The Lark. TV: Brooklyn Taxi, Law & Order. Training: Ithaca College BFA, Yale School of Drama, MFA.
Thrilled to be making her Broadway debut! Off-Broadway: Burning;Strom Thurmond is Not a Racist/Cleansed; Canary; Unchained Memories. Regional: Orestes 2.0 (Electra); The Real Thing; The World is Round; Good People; Dreamgirls (Lorrell); Jamaica. TV: Person of Interest; 30 Rock. BA from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Broadway: Boeing, Boeing, The History Boys, Frozen, Whose Life Is It, Anyway. Off Broadway: The Public, MTC, Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center. Regional: Yale Rep, The Goodman, The Long Wharf, The Old Globe. Film: Mrs. Soffel, Village of the Damned, The Hurricane. TV: Law and Order, Buffalo Bill.
Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: Love Goes to Press, So Help Me God!, The Fifth Column (Mint Theatre); The Picture of Dorian Gray (Sonnet Rep). Regional: The Cherry Orchard (Steppenwolf Theatre); Measure for Measure (Shakespeare Theatre DC); The Taming of the Shrew, Pacific Overtures, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre); Fallen Angels, The Time of Your Life (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ); Amadeus (Geva Theatre); The Glass Menagerie, My Fair Lady, Scapin, Fräulein Else, Mary Stuart (Court Theatre). Television: Boardwalk Empire, Alpha House. Training: Northwestern University.
On Broadway recently with two joyous ensembles performing in Horton Foote's, The Trip to Bountiful and earlier, Dividing the Estate, both directed by Michael Wilson. Other Broadway credits include On Golden Pond (stood in for Mr. Jones w/ Leslie Uggams); The Little Foxes and Twelfth Night (LCT). Off/Broadway/Regional: Orphan's Home Cycle (Signature and Hartford Stage); The Play About the Baby;King Lear; Hamlet; Othello, The Cherry Orchard; Fences; Johnny Baseball (A. R .T.) International: Oedipus Trilogy (Athens); Edinburgh and Avignon Festivals. Training: RADA (summer program); MFA, Yale School of Drama. Favorite productions: Dr. Shairi (daughter pediatrician) and son Kai (UK computer artist - architect. Both Stanford Grads.
Notable Broadway credits include Gore Vidal's The Best Man (2012 revival), August: Osage County, Dividing the Estate (also Off-Broadway; Drama Desk nom.), Enchanted April, The Best Man (2000 revival), Take Her, She's Mine (Tony and Theatre World Awards),Barefoot in the Park (Tony nom.), The Skin of Our Teeth (opened the American Bi-Centennial at the Kennedy Center), Caesar and Cleopatra, Legend, Suddenly Last Summer, Agnes of God, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Tony nom.). Notable Off-Broadway credits includeRed Devil Battery Sign, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, When She Danced and the New York premiere of Albee's Me, Myself, and I. Also, Sweet Bird of Youth (Helen Hayes Award Nomination/Millennium Award), The Little Foxes, and Mrs. Warren's Profession all at the Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C. Film: Dragnet, The Carpetbaggers, Ship of Fools (Golden Globe nom.), Happiness (Independent Spirit Award). TV includes the HBO series Treme, Evening Shade (Emmy nom.), The Buccaneers (PBS),Saturday Night Live (Host), The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (regular), The Rope (Cable ACE nom.), The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, etc. Recording: Lou Reed's The Raven. Founding member/Board of Directors, American Film Institute and served on the first National Council Of The Arts under Presidents Kennedy & Johnson. Author: Actress: Postcards From the Road.
Groucho and Harpo
All of the kittens that appear in YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU are rescue kittens. You can help these kittens find a loving new home -- yours! Throughout the run, audience members will be able to visit the theatre lounge at the Longacre Theatre at intermission to fill out application forms to be considered for a chance to adopt the kittens used in the show as they outgrow their roles.