Roundabout Theatre Company will present a Broadway revival of Philip Barry’s 1939 comedy The Philadelphia Story during the fall of 2013. Directed by two-time Tony nominee Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher), the production will run at the American Airlines Theatre. No casting or additional creative team members have been announced at this time.
The Philadelphia Story is a romantic comedy set in high society Philadelphia in the 1930s. Tracy Lord, an overly dramatic socialite, finds her wedding plans thrown into disarray by the arrival of her ex-husband and a tabloid magazine journalist.
The play premiered on Broadway in 1939 at the Shubert Theatre. A popular film adaptation starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart was released in 1940. The story also serves as the basis for the Tony-nominated 1998 musical High Society. A 1980 Broadway revival presented by Lincoln Center starred Blythe Danner, Frank Converse and Edward Herrmann.