Preliminary talks are underway for a Broadway transfer of Lincoln Center Theater’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Written by Christopher Durang, the Chekhov-inspired comedy stars Sigourney Weaver, Kristine Nielsen and Tony winner David Hyde Pierce. The show currently runs off-Broadway at LCT’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre through January 20. Press reps for the theater told Broadway.com that although there are early discussions for the transfer, nothing is confirmed at this time.
In addition to Weaver, Nielsen and Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike features Genevieve Angelson as Nina, Shalita Grant as Cassandra and Billy Magnussen as Spike.
The new play borrows characters and themes from Chekhov's work to tell the modern-day story of a family spending the weekend at their farmhouse in Bucks County, PA. While Masha (Weaver) has been traveling the world as a movie star, siblings Vanya (Pierce) and Sonia (Nielsen) have kept the home fires burning. Now Masha is home with a boy toy named Spike (Magnussen) in tow, threatening to sell the family home.
Durang’s play is directed by Nicholas Martin and has sets by David Korins, costumes by Emily Rebholz, lighting by Justin Townsend and sound and original music by Mark Bennett.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is presented in association with the McCarter Theatre in New Jersey, where the production received its world premiere in September. The show opened off-Broadway on November 12 and was extended due to popular demand.
Click below to hear what the show’s stars had to say on opening night.