The original cast from the off-Broadway run of Nicky Silver's The Lyons will transfer with the show when it makes its mainstem bow this spring. In addition to previously announced stars Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa, the play will also feature Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell reprising their roles. Directed by Mark Brokaw, The Lyons begins previews on April 5 at the Cort Theatre, with an opening set for April 23.
The Lyons follows a family grappling with the impending death of its patriarch (Latessa). When Ben Lyons’ wife, Rita (Lavin), and their grown children Curtis (Esper) and Lisa (Jennings Grant), 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 show first opened at off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre on October 11, 2011 and extended several times before closing on November 20.
Jennings' Broadway credits include Guys and Dolls, Proof and An American Daughter. Esper has been seen on Broadway in American Idiot and A Man For All Seasons and currently stars in off-Broadway's Assistance. Wooddell's theater credits include Cymbeline and Some Men. Pressley has appeared on Broadway in Cats, Dreamgirls and The American Plan.
The Lyons will feature scenic design by Allen Moyer, lighting design by David Lander, costume design by Michael Krass and original music and sound design by David Van Tieghem.