The comedy, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” which stars Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce and Kristine Nielsen, will transfer to Broadway with an official opening set for March 14.
The Chistopher Durang play had a successful Off Broadway run earlier this season at Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, and began previews at the John Golden Theatre March 5. The new production is scheduled to run 17 weeks.
Here’s how the production is officially billed:
Riffing on some of Anton Chekov’s most time-tested themes, Christopher Durang proves in his hysterically funny and surprisingly affecting new romp, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” that whether you’re in 19th Century Russia or 21st Century Pennsylvania, the human condition never changes. Vanya (Pierce) and Sonia (Nielsen) have never left the confines of their childhood home – a rambling farmhouse in Bucks County, PA – while having to witness the glamorous exploits of their sister, Masha (Weaver), a famous movie actress, from afar. A surprise visit from Masha and her 20-something boy toy, Spike (Magnussen), throws the normally quiet household int0 utter upheaval as its residents and visitors get swept up in an intoxicating mixture of lust, rivalry, regret, and the sudden possibility of escape. Only one thing is certain: no one will get out of this without looking absolutely ridiculous!
Producers of the production also have announced that a limited number of youth rush tickets will be available for the performances. Anyone under 35 can purchase tickets to day-of performances for $37. Buyers can purchase up to two tickets each.
Nicholas Martin directs the production, and he also directed Durang’s “Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them.” Nielsen appeared in that play, as well as “Betty’s Summer Vacation,” which is also written by Durang.