Present Laughter Opens On Broadway!

by:  Todd Williams at 01/21/2010

Just in case you haven't heard... tonight is opening night for the Broadway production of Present Laughter at the Roundabout's American Airlines Theatre. Here's a toast to Nicky, and the cast and crew! Break a leg!

It's pretty much the same bunch - Victor Garber, Brooks Ashmanskas, Lisa Banes, Holly Fain, and Boston locals Nancy E. Carroll and Alice Duffy, amongst others. We understand that octogenarian Alice Duffy will be featured on NBC's  Today (Wednesday, January 27 in the 8:30am half-hour) to celebrate her Broadway debut. I've got the DVR set.

You'll also see some of the original Huntington props onstage in Present Laughter, the scenery and costumes have been re-built.Congrats again!

If the Roundabout sounds familiar you may recall that David Rabe's Streamers directed by Scott Ellis played there following the Huntington's production, as did Carry Fisher in Wishful Drinking.

Our production of The 39 Steps also opened on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre, and then moved to the Cort and then the Helen Hayes. It closed at the Cort on Jan 10, and after 771 performances it was the longest running play on Broadway in 7 years. A long rumored Off Broadway run at New World Stages has just been announced to open on March 25 for an open ended run. A US national tour kicked off in November, and regional productions are springing up across the country.

Right: On the run for their lives, Pamela (Jennifer Ferrin) and Hannay (Charles Edwards) discover the only way is up in the Huntington Theatre Company's pre-Broadway American premiere production of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps. Photo: T. Charles Erickson
It's so exciting that our work continues to be represented in New York and across the country. We are so proud and thrilled! Happy Opening Present Laughter!

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Todd Williams has contributed to the Huntington's blog since it was started in the fall of 2006, and he enjoys writing and sharing the Huntington's activities here whenever he can.

Todd started working at the Huntington in 1991 as light board operator, and then served as the Master Electrician for 10 seasons. Todd is now the Huntington Theatre Company's Production Mangager, the position he has held since 2002 .

Todd previously worked for the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, and The Collins Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition to the many shows that Todd has worked on here, his favorite project has been working with the Huntington staff, architects, consultants and contractors to design and build out the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, which opened as the Huntington's second stage in 2004.

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