David Cromer in 'Our Town'
The hit off-Broadway revival of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town has set a closing date of September 12 at the Barrow Street Theatre. David Cromer’s acclaimed production opened on February 26, 2009, and now ranks as the longest-running production in the play’s 72-year history.
Michael McKean and original star Cromer will return as the Stage Manager for the final six weeks of the run. McKean will appear from August 3 through August 22, and Cromer will appear from August 24 through closing night. (Scott Parkinson will play matinee performances during Cromer’s three-week engagement.) The role of the Stage Manager is being played by Oscar winner Helen Hunt through August 1.
McKean, who played the Stage Manager earlier in the summer, starred in fall 2009 Broadway production of Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts. Other Broadway credits include The Pajama Game, The Homecoming, Hairspray and Accomplice. McKean is known for his leading role in the movie (and band) This Is Spinal Tap and for the Christopher Guest films A Mighty Wind and Best in Show.
In addition to directing and starring in Our Town, Cromer has directed New York productions of Adding Machine, Brighton Beach Memoirs and When the Rain Stops Falling and has signed on to direct the Broadway transfer of Yanks! In his native Chicago, Cromer recently directed an well-received production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
The current cast of Our Town includes Elizabeth Audley as Mrs. Soames, Robert Beitzel as Howie Newsome, Kati Brazda as Mrs. Webb, Will Brill as Joe Crowell, Jr, Nathan Dame as Sam Craig, Roger E. DeWitt as Joe Stoddard, Donna Jay Fulks as Mrs. Gibbs, Emma Galvin as Rebecca Gibbs, Jennifer Grace as Emily Webb, Wilbur Edwin Henry as Professor Willard, Mark Hattan as Constable Warren, David Manis as Mr. Webb, Jonathan Mastro as Simon Stimson, James McMenamin as George Gibbs, Seamus Mulcahy as Wally Webb, Jeff Still as Doc Gibbs, Jason Yachanin as Si Crowell, with Dana Jacks, Lynn Laurence, Kathleen Peirce, Keith Perry and Mark Shock.