John Benjamin Hickey, currently starring as Harry Wilcox in the two-part Broadway play The Inheritance, will take a hiatus from the production beginning Sunday, January 5, 2020. Hickey is set to direct the Broadway revival of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, set to open on April 13. Stepping into the role until Hickey’s return is star of stage and screen Tony Goldwyn.
Last seen on Broadway in the play Network, Tony Goldwyn has also appeared on Broadway in Promises, Promises and Holiday. Television audiences will recognize Goldwyn from his recurring role as President Fitzgerald Grant on the hit TV series Scandal, as well as for his film roles in such hits as Ghost, Nixon, The Pelican Brief, Divergent and Disney’s animated Tarzan, voicing the title character.
“The Inheritance asks how much we owe to those who lived and loved before us, and questions the role we must play for future generations. Brilliantly re-envisioning E. M. Forster’s masterpiece Howards End to 21st-century New York, it follows the interlinking lives of three generations of gay men searching for a community of their own – and a place to call home.”
The cast of The Inheritance also includes Jordan Barbour, Ryan M. Buggle, Jonathan Burke, Andrew Burnap, Darryl Gene Daughtry Jr., Dylan Frederick, Kyle Harris, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, Carson McCalley, Tre Ryder, Lois Smith, Kyle Soller, and Arturo Luís Soria. Understudies include Mark H. Dold, Kate Goehring, Sam Lilja, Jake Odmark, Matthew Russell, Bradley James Tejeda and Reggie D. White.
The production is directed by Stephen Daldry. Costume and scenic designs are by Olivier and Tony Award winner Bob Crowley, with Jon Clark providing the lighting design.
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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