The Lyons 2012

Run Time:
2 hours (one intermission)
Opened: April 23, 2012
Closing: July 01, 2012

The Lyons - 2012 - Broadway History , Info & More

Nicky Silver's play THE LYONS received its world-premiere at the Vineyard Theatre in 2011. The production is a comedic and stirring work about a family grappling with the impending death of its patriarch. When Ben Lyons' wife, Rita, and their grown children gather to say goodbye, they learn that despite being a family, each of them is utterly isolated. Afraid of closeness and afraid of solitude, they are propelled into foreign territory - human connection.



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NY Review: 'The Lyons'
9 / 10

In a Broadway season full of transfers from Off-Broadway, Nicky Silver's 'The Lyons' comes charging onto the Great White Way with a savage roar that is simultaneously a scream of pain and a shout of dark laughter. The script has been trimmed somewhat, and the performances and staging have been pitched slightly broader to accommodate the larger house after a successful run at the Vineyard Theatre, but this merciless comedy of a dysfunctional family dealing with mortality and regret is still an intimate and scary examination of how we cope with loneliness and disappointment. Linda Lavin continues to give a master class in comic timing.

Broadway review: ‘The Lyons’
8 / 10

“The Lyons” is blessed with Mark Brokaw’s nimble direction and a cast that mines all the dissonance as if each little imbroglio comes popping hot from a precious nugget. Lavin is the outright leader in this — everything from her New York accent to the world-weary mini-whine in her voice to the roll of her eyes says this is a woman who knows her mind and wants nothing to do with anyone else’s. The wonderful Dick Latessa is her dying husband; even though Silver gives him far too many cheap barbs based solely on high-level cursing, Latessa is a pro with the know-how to land them...“The Lyons” works best as lashing comedy, less as a meaningful look at anything. And there’s enough funny lashing to leave an audience happily smarting.

Paula Vogel, Greg Pierce et al. Set for Vineyard's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award Luncheon with Linda Lavin 6/21
by BWW News Desk - June 21, 2012

Best Actress Tony nominee Linda Lavin will be joined by an array of notable playwrights, directors and actors -- Vineyard Theatre artists all -- when she hosts The Vineyard's 5th annual luncheon presentation of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award to emerging playwright Erika Sheffer (RUSSIAN TRANSPORT), today, June 21 (12 p.m. - 2 p.m.) at the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South) in Manhattan.

THE LYONS to End Broadway Run on July 1
by Nicole Rosky - June 14, 2012

The Broadway production of Nicky Silver's comedy THE LYONS will end its run at the Cort Theatre (138 W. 48 St.) following the Sunday, July 1st performance, after having played 80 performances and 21 previews. Directed by Mark Brokaw, THE LYONS began previews April 5 and had its official opening night April 23 with a cast starring Tony winners Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa.

Photo Flash: First Look at Charlie Hofheimer as Curtis in THE LYONS
by BWW News Desk - June 11, 2012

Charlie Hofheimer is set to join the cast of Nicky Silver's new comedy THE LYONS on Broadway at the Cort Theatre (138 W. 48 St.) starting tomorrow, June 12. Mr. Hofheimer assumes the role of Curtis Lyons, joining the cast of THE LYONS which stars 2012 Best Actress Tony nominee Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell. Mr. Hofheimer takes over the role of Curtis from Michael Esper.

MAD MEN's Charlie Hofheimer Replaces Michael Esper in THE LYONS Tonight, 6/12
by BWW News Desk - June 12, 2012

Charlie Hofheimer is set to join the cast of Nicky Silver's new comedy THE LYONS on Broadway at the Cort Theatre (138 W. 48 St.) starting tonight, June 12. Mr. Hofheimer assumes the role of Curtis Lyons, joining the cast of THE LYONS which stars 2012 Best Actress Tony nominee Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell.

Paula Vogel, Greg Pierce et al. Set for Vineyard's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award Luncheon with Linda Lavin 6/21
by BWW News Desk - June 8, 2012

Best Actress Tony nominee Linda Lavin will be joined by an array of notable playwrights, directors and actors -- Vineyard Theatre artists all -- when she hosts The Vineyard's 5th annual luncheon presentation of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award to emerging playwright Erika Sheffer (RUSSIAN TRANSPORT), on Thursday, June 21 (12 p.m. - 2 p.m.) at the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South) in Manhattan.

THE LYONS' Michael Esper Joins RUNNER RUNNER
by BWW News Desk - June 7, 2012

According to Variety, THE LYONS and AMERICAN IDIOT star Michael Esper has just joined the cast of the film Runner Runner, alongside Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck.

Photo Flash: THE LYONS Linda Lavin with TODAY's Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford
by BWW News Desk - June 6, 2012

Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford recently visited Linda Lavin, who is nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role as Rita Lyons in Nicky Silver's new Broadway comedy, THE LYONS. See the three together below!

MAD MEN's Charlie Hofheimer to Replace Michael Esper in THE LYONS, 6/12
by Kelsey Denette - June 4, 2012

Charlie Hofheimer is set to join the cast of Nicky Silver's new comedy THE LYONS on Broadway at the Cort Theatre (138 W. 48 St.) starting Tuesday, June 12. Mr. Hofheimer assumes the role of Curtis Lyons, joining the cast of THE LYONS which stars 2012 Best Actress Tony nominee Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell.

BWW TV Special: 2012 Tony Nominees - Linda Lavin Thrilled to Be Invited to Tonys Party!
by Nicole Rosky - June 7, 2012

BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was thrilled to sit down and speak with nearly all of this year's Tony Award nominees at the official Tony Brunch on May 2, 2012, and we will be bringing you special coverage on all of them throughout the awards season. Today we bring you Linda Lavin, nominee for Best Actress in a Play for The Lyons.

Review - One Man, Two Guvnors & The Lyons
by Ben Peltz - May 7, 2012

Broadway audiences can be forgiven if they don't quite recall being introduced to James Corden six years ago as one of The History Boys' ensemble of Oxbridge hopefuls, but in Richard Bean's One Man, Two Guvnors, the loveable harlequin makes an unforgettable sophomore appearance, taking center stage in an uproarious evening of slapstick, music and comical hijinks.

Linda Lavin to Play the Metropolitan Room, 5/6 & 7
by Kelsey Denette - May 3, 2012

On her nights off from THE LYONS on Broadway, Linda Lavin - the Tony-nominated star of Nicky Silver's comedy - will perform two concerts at the Metropolitan Room (34 W. 22 St.) in Manhattan on Sunday, May 6 and Monday, May 7, both at 9:30 p.m.

BWW TV: Inside Opening Night of THE LYONS with Linda Lavin & More!
by Jessica Lewis - April 26, 2012

THE LYONS, which debuted last fall at the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Vineyard Theatre, officially opened on April 23 at the Cort Theatre. Previews began on April 5. THE LYONS comes to Broadway with its entire original cast: Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa along with Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell. Mark Brokaw directs. BroadwayWorld was on hand for opening night, and was on the red carpet inside the after party to chat with the cast and company!

Photo Coverage: THE LYONS- Opening Night Curtain Call!
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - April 24, 2012

THE LYONS, which debuted last fall at the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Vineyard Theatre, officially opened last night, April 23, at the Cort Theatre. Previews began on April 5. THE LYONS comes to Broadway with its entire original cast: Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa along with Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell. Mark Brokaw directs. BroadwayWorld was on hand for opening night, and we bring you photos from the first curtain call and the opening night party below!

Photo Coverage: THE LYONS- Opening Night Theatre Arrivals!
by Jennifer Broski - April 24, 2012

THE LYONS, which debuted last fall at the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Vineyard Theatre, officially opened last night, April 23, at the Cort Theatre. Previews began on April 5. THE LYONS comes to Broadway with its entire original cast: Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa along with Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell. Mark Brokaw directs. BroadwayWorld was on hand for opening night, and we bring you photos from the starry opening night arrivals below!

BWW TV: First Look at Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa & More in THE LYONS on Broadway!
by Jessica Lewis - April 23, 2012

THE LYONS, which debuted last fall at the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Vineyard Theatre, officially opens tonight, April 23, at the Cort Theatre. Previews began on April 5. THE LYONS comes to Broadway with its entire original cast: Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa along with Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell. Mark Brokaw directs. The opening night curtain has just come up and below, BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the production footage below!

Review Roundup: THE LYONS - All the Reviews!
by Nicole Rosky - April 23, 2012

THE LYONS debuted last fall at the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Vineyard Theatre and opened tonight on Broadway at the Cort Theatre. THE LYONS comes to Broadway with its entire original cast: Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa along with Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell. The Vineyard Theatre production of THE LYONS will be presented on Broadway by producer Kathleen K. Johnson. Mark Brokaw directs.

Photo Flash: First Look at THE LYONS on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - April 16, 2012

THE LYONS debuted last fall at the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Vineyard Theatre and just began previews on April 5, with an official opening night set for April 23. THE LYONS comes to Broadway with its entire original cast: Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa along with Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell. The Vineyard Theatre production of THE LYONS will be presented on Broadway by producer Kathleen K. Johnson. Mark Brokaw directs. Check out photos from the production in previews below!

BWW TV: THE LYONS- Rita on Motherhood
by Nicole Rosky - April 10, 2012

THE LYONS debuted last fall at the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Vineyard Theatre and just began previews on April 5, with an official opening night set for April 23. THE LYONS comes to Broadway with its entire original cast: Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa along with Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell. The Vineyard Theatre production of THE LYONS will be presented on Broadway by producer Kathleen K. Johnson. Mark Brokaw directs. In the video below, Rita (played by Linda Lavin) shares her thoughts on motherhood. Click below to check it out!

BWW TV: THE LYONS- Rita on Relationships
by Nicole Rosky - April 10, 2012

THE LYONS debuted last fall at the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Vineyard Theatre and just began previews on April 5, with an official opening night set for April 23. THE LYONS comes to Broadway with its entire original cast: Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa along with Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell. The Vineyard Theatre production of THE LYONS will be presented on Broadway by producer Kathleen K. Johnson. Mark Brokaw directs. In the video below, Rita (played by Linda Lavin) shares her thoughts on relationships. Click below to check it out!

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by Contests Broadway - April 9, 2012

The Tony Award®-winning Linda Lavin stars as Rita Lyons, the indomitable matriarch of a dysfunctional family at a major crossroads. Her husband is dying, her son is in a dubious relationship, her daughter is barely holding it together. And worst of all, Rita can't figure out how to redesign her living room! THE LYONS is now playing - buy now and save up to 40% on tickets!

THE LYONS to Offer $26.50 Rush Tickets
by Kelsey Denette - April 4, 2012

Nicky Silver's comedy THE LYONS begins previews on April 5 on Broadway at the Cort Theatre (138 W. 48 St.) prior to the show's official opening on April 23. Directed by Mark Brokaw, THE LYONS stars the Tony Award-winning actors Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa, along with Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell.

BWW TV: Chatting with the Cast of THE LYONS!
by Nicole Rosky - March 28, 2012

THE LYONS debuted last fall at the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Vineyard Theatre and now begins previews on April 5, with an official opening night set for April 23. THE LYONS comes to Broadway with its entire original cast: Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa along with Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell. The Vineyard Theatre production of THE LYONS will be presented on Broadway by producer Kathleen K. Johnson. Mark Brokaw directs. The cast and creative team met the press today, March 28, and BroadwayWorld brings you interviews from the big event below!

Photo Coverage: Meet the Cast of Broadway's THE LYONS!
by Jennifer Broski - March 28, 2012

THE LYONS debuted last fall at the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Vineyard Theatre and now begins previews on April 5, with an official opening night set for April 23. THE LYONS comes to Broadway with its entire original cast: Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa along with Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell. The Vineyard Theatre production of THE LYONS will be presented on Broadway by producer Kathleen K. Johnson. Mark Brokaw directs. The cast and creative team met the press today, March 28, and BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the big event below!

Linda Lavin Heads to San Francisco and Wilmington to Promote New Album,3/17, 3/21
by Mark Valdez - March 16, 2012

Linda Lavin to perform concerts March 17 in Wilmington and March 22 in San Francisco prior to returning to Broadway in the new comedy THE LYONS.

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The Lyons has had 2 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2011 and Broadway which opened in 2012.
The Lyons has been nominated for several awards, including Outstanding Play at the Drama Desk Awards for Nicky Silver, Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for Linda Lavin, Distinguished Production of a Play at the Drama League Awards, Outstanding Director of a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for Mark Brokaw, and Outstanding New Broadway Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards.

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