Nicky Silver’s The Lyons, which premiered off-Broadway at The Vineyard Theatre, will transfer to Broadway’s Cort Theatre this spring. Original stars Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa will star in the Broadway production, with co-stars Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell expected to join as well. Directed by Mark Brokaw, The Lyons will begin previews on a yet to be determined date during the first week of April, and open before the April 26 cutoff for 2012 Tony Awards eligibility.
The Lyons is about a family grappling with the impending death of its patriarch (Latessa). When Ben Lyons’ wife, Rita (Lavin), and their grown children gather to say goodbye, they learn that despite being a family, each of them is utterly isolated. Afraid of closeness and afraid of solitude, they are propelled into foreign territory - human connection.
The Lyons will be presented on Broadway by Kathleen K. Johnson. The Vineyard Theatre production opened October 11, 2011 and was extended twice for a nine-week run. The production marks the first work of Silver’s to arrive on Broadway.