Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune Revival 2019

Run Time:
Two hours and 15 minutes, with one intermission
Ages: 16+
Opened: May 30, 2019
Closing: July 28, 2019

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune - 2019 - Broadway History , Info & More

Broadhurst Theatre (Broadway)
235 W. 44th St. New York, NY

Record-breaking 6-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald. Two-time Academy Award and Tony Award nominee Michael Shannon. Together, they star in four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally's beloved classic, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, directed by downtown visionary Arin Arbus, in her highly anticipated Broadway directorial debut.

These two monumental actors join forces in a play that is as raw as it is romantic, as visceral as it is vibrant, and as funny as it is breathtaking. When a diner waitress and a short order cook meet for a night of fiery passion, they expect a return to loneliness. But as desire turns into the possibility of love, they realize that true connection means being unafraid to reach for the moon.

"Two of the best performances on Broadway. Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon’s chemistry burns up the stage." - The Daily Beast

"Superb! As hilarious as it is touching." - The Hollywood Reporter

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune - 2019 - Broadway Cast

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FEATURED REVIEWS FOR Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
8 / 10

When Johnny refuses to leave Frankie's apartment, even after she threatens to call the police, the creepiness factor is hard to avoid, especially since Shannon has used his lanky frame and craggy face to convey menace so successfully in the past. But for more than two hours, these highly gifted actors-directed by Arin Arbus, and beautifully lit by Natasha Katz-keep a sensitive focus on the gawky humanity of their characters, holding steady through the ups and downs of McNally's emotional ride. They connect, and they draw us in.

Theater Review: Hopeful Silliness and Emotional Intelligence in Frankie & Johnny
7 / 10

Unsurprisingly, the real treat of this Frankie & Johnny - and perhaps any well-cast Frankie & Johnny - is watching the lively interplay of its two excellent performers. It's a showcase for actors, and there's a sweet, off-kilter, earthy chemistry between the down-to-earth McDonald and the hepped-up Shannon. Though Frankie is often nervous when she speaks, McDonald has a way of half-smiling or half-frowning while she listens that gives the sense of a deep, unarticulated inner life. And Shannon - who spends most of the play in boxer shorts, looking gloriously normal-bodied for a big-time actor - smartly leans into Johnny's oddball qualities and his bursts of childlike enthusiasm.

BWW Flashback: FRANKIE & JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE Plays Final Performance Today
by Nicole Rosky - July 28, 2019

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune will play its final performance today, July 28, 2019 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Frankie and Johnny opened officially on Thursday, May 30, 2019 as a 'New York Times Critic's Pick.' Upon closing, the production will have played 70 regular and 26 preview performances.

Breaking: FRANKIE & JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE Will Conclude Broadway this Month
by Nicole Rosky - July 8, 2019

Producers Hunter Arnold, Debbie Bisno and Tom Kirdahy announce today that Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune will play its final performance on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) on Broadway.

VIDEO: Audra McDonald Talks the Nudity in FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE
by Kaitlin Milligan - June 20, 2019

Audra McDonald was a guest on Thursday's episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan to talk about starring on Broadway in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. During the interview, McDonald talks about being nude on stage and where the intimacy in the show really is.

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by Matthew Blank - June 8, 2019

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Review Roundup: Audra McDonald And Michael Shannon Star In FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE
by A.A. Cristi - May 30, 2019

The new Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon, directed by Arin Arbus, opens tonight!

BWW TV: Audra McDonald, Michal Shannon & More Celebrate Opening of FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE
by TV - Opening Night Special - May 30, 2019

Last night, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune celebrated opening night, ahead of tonight's official opening. BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and we're taking you inside the celebration below!

Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet for FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE
by Walter McBride - May 30, 2019

Last night, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune celebrated opening night, ahead of tonight's official opening. BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and we're taking you to the red carpet below!

Photo Coverage: The Cast of FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE Take Their Bows at the Opening Night Celebration
by Walter McBride - May 30, 2019

Last night, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune celebrated opening night, ahead of tonight's official opening.

Photo Coverage: FRANKIE & JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE Celebrates Opening Night Early!
by Linda Lenzi - May 30, 2019

Last night, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune celebrated opening night, ahead of tonight's official opening. BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and we're taking you inside the celebration below!

BWW TV: On the Red Carpet at FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE
by TV - Red Carpets - May 29, 2019

The new Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Audra McDonald and two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon, directed by Obie Award winner Arin Arbus, opens officially tomorrow, May 30, at the Broadhurst Theater. 

BWW Review: Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon Make Rapturous Music in Terrence McNally's FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE
by Michael Dale - May 30, 2019

'I guess I want you to play the most beautiful music ever written and dedicate it to us,' a hopeful romantic requests of the radio station he's phoned from his date's apartment.

FRANKIE & JOHNNY Celebrates Broadway Opening With $25 Tickets
by A.A. Cristi - May 24, 2019

Twenty-five $25 tickets will be available for the general public to join the opening celebration of the new Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune on Wednesday, May 29 at 6:30pm in honor of Terrence McNally's 25 productions on Broadway.

Photo Flash: First Look at FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE
by Julie Musbach - May 15, 2019

Get a first look below at the new Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon, directed by Arin Arbus.

Photo Flash: Terrence McNally Celebrates 25th Broadway Production; Arin Arbus Makes Broadway Debut With FRANKIE AND JOHNNY...
by Stephi Wild - May 6, 2019

Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon began performances last night at the Broadhurst Theatre. The night marked a big moment for playwright, Terrence McNally, celebrating his 25th Broadway production, and director Arin Arbus, celebrating her Broadway debut.

Meet the Cast of FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE- Now in Previews!
by Julie Musbach - May 4, 2019

In celebration of four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally's 80th birthday, producers Hunter Arnold, Debbie Bisno and Tom Kirdahy announce a new Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Audra McDonald and two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon, directed by Obie Award winner Arin Arbus.

FRANKIE AND JOHNNY... Releases $25 Tickets to 25 Previews
by Julie Musbach - May 3, 2019

On Saturday, May 4 only, the new Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune will offer 25 tickets (per performance) for $25 each to the 25 preview performances in honor of Terrence McNally's 25 productions on Broadway.

FRANKIE AND JOHNNY... Announces Rush Policy
by Julie Musbach - May 1, 2019

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune announces a limited number of $40 general rush tickets will be available at the Broadhurst box office when it opens for that day's performance

Photo Flash: Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon Rehearse for FRANKIE & JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE
by Nicole Rosky - April 24, 2019

The new Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Audra McDonald and two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon, directed by Obie Award winner Arin Arbus, will play the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) on Broadway. Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune will begin previews on Saturday, May 4, 2019 and open officially on Thursday, May 30, 2019. The strictly limited 16-week engagement concludes on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

Up on the Marquee: FRANKIE & JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE
by Walter McBride - April 23, 2019

The new Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Audra McDonald and two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon, directed by Obie Award winner Arin Arbus, will play the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) on Broadway. Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune will begin previews on Saturday, May 4, 2019 and open officially on Thursday, May 30, 2019. The strictly limited 16-week engagement concludes on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

Photo Coverage: Audra McDonald & Michael Shannon Get Ready for FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE
by Walter McBride - April 18, 2019

The new Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Audra McDonald and two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon, directed by Obie Award winner Arin Arbus, will play the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) on Broadway. Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune will begin previews on Saturday, May 4, 2019 and open officially on Thursday, May 30, 2019. The strictly limited 16-week engagement concludes on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

BWW TV: Audra McDonald & Michael Shannon Talk FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE
by Nicole Rosky - April 19, 2019

The new Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Audra McDonald and two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon, directed by Obie Award winner Arin Arbus, will play the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) on Broadway. Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune will begin previews on Saturday, May 4, 2019 and open officially on Thursday, May 30, 2019. The strictly limited 16-week engagement concludes on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

FREEZE FRAME: Meet the Company of FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE
by Walter McBride - April 18, 2019

The new Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Audra McDonald and two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon, directed by Obie Award winner Arin Arbus, will play the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) on Broadway. Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune will begin previews on Saturday, May 4, 2019 and open officially on Thursday, May 30, 2019. The strictly limited 16-week engagement concludes on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

Photo Flash: First Look at Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon in FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIRE DE LUNE
by Nicole Rosky - March 21, 2019

The new Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Audra McDonald and two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon, directed by Obie Award winner Arin Arbus, will play the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) on Broadway. Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune will begin previews on Saturday, May 4, 2019 and open officially on Thursday, May 30, 2019. The strictly limited 16-week engagement concludes on Sunday, August 25, 2019. Check out a just-released photo of McDonald and Shannon below!

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune has had 5 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 1987, Off-Broadway which opened in 1987, Broadway which opened in 2002, Broadway which opened in 2002 and Broadway which opened in 2019.
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play at the Tony Awards for Terrence McNally.
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune has been nominated for several awards, including the Distinguished Performance Award for Michael Shannon at the Drama League Awards, Outstanding Revival of a Play for Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune at the Drama League Awards, and Outstanding Revival of a Play for Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune at the Outer Critics Circle Awards.
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune has won several awards, including the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for Michael Shannon. The show also received the Outstanding Revival of a Play award at both the Drama League Awards and the Outer Critics Circle Awards for its production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.

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