Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike officially opens at Broadway’s Golden Theatre on March 14. Starring Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver, Emmy and Tony winner David Hyde Pierce and frequent Durang collaborator Kristine Nielsen as a trio of dysfunctional siblings, the Nicholas Martin-helmed comedy is playing a limited 17-week engagement.
In addition to Weaver, Pierce and Nielsen, the Broadway cast also features Genevieve Angelson, Shalita Grant and Billy Magnussen, all of whom appeared in the show’s sold-out off-Broadway run at Lincoln Center Theater.
Inspired by the works of Chekhov, the play takes the playwright's classic characters and plotlines and transports them to modern-day Pennsylvania. Vanya (Pierce) and his adopted sister Sonia (Nielsen) have lived their entire lives in their family’s farmhouse. Their sister Masha (Weaver) has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress and movie star, leaving Vanya and Sonia feeling trapped and regretful. Meanwhile, their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra (Grant) keeps warning them about terrible things in the future, which include a sudden visit from Masha and her twentysomething boy toy Spike (Magnussen).
Click below to find out why this modern comedy promises a side-splitting night at the theater.