The Broadway-bound revival of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned to Drive, courtesy of Manhattan Theatre Club, will open at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on April 22, 2020, with preview performances commencing on March 27. This will mark the Broadway premiere of the play, the show having enjoyed a celebrated run Off-Broadway in 1997. The original leads of that production, Mary-Louise Parker (Proof, The Sound Inside) and David Morse (The Iceman Cometh), will reprise their roles in this production, which will be helmed by original director Mark Brokaw (Heisenberg). Joining the company will be two-time Tony Award nominee Johanna Day, as well as Alyssa May Gold and Chris Myers.
Johanna Day, who will take on the play’s duties as The Female Greek Chorus, has appeared on Broadway in The Nap, Sweat (Tony Nomination), You Can’t Take It With You, August: Osage County, Lombardi, Proof (Tony Nomination). Alyssa May Gold (Teenage Greek Chorus) was most recently seen in WP Theater/2nd Stage’s acclaimed world premiere of Our Dear Dead Drug Lord. Her other Broadway credit credits includes Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. Chris Myers (Male Greek Chorus) is making his Broadway debut with How I Learned to Drive.
The creative team for How I Learned to Drive includes Rachel Hauck (scenic design), Dede Ayite (costume design), Mark McCullough (lighting design), David Van Tieghem (original music & sound design), Lucy Mackinnon (video design) and Deborah Hecht (dialect coach).
Originally produced by the Vineyard Theatre in 1997, How I Learned to Drive transferred to Off-Broadway produced by Daryl Roth and Roy Gabay. The play was recognized with countless awards including The Pulitzer Prize for Drama; New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play; Outer Critics Circle Award; OBIE Awards for David Morse, Mary-Louise Parker, Mark Brokaw, and Paula Vogel; Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Lead Actor, and Outstanding Lead Actress; Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play; and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Actor in a Play and Outstanding Director of a Play.
How I Learned to Drive, a “moving memory play about a woman coming to terms with a charismatic uncle who impacts her past, present and future life.” Paula Vogel is the acclaimed playwright behind such other honored titles as Indecent, The Baltimore Waltz, The Mineola Twins, The Long Christmas Ride Home, Hot ‘N’ Throbbing, Desdemona, And And Baby Makes Seven.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, released on October 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
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