Tony winner Julie White will join the cast of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike on July 30 for the Tony-winning Best Play's second and final Broadway extension. White has signed on to replace Sigourney Weaver, who will play her final performance in July 28, as self-absorbed movie star Masha. The Christopher Durang comedy is now set to close on August 25 at Broadway's Golden Theatre, rather than on June 30.
In addition to White, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike stars Tony nominees David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Billy Magnussen and Shalita Grant, as well as Genevieve Angelson.
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 (White) 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).
White most recently appeared on the NBC sitcom Go On. For her performance as ruthless agent Diane in The Little Dog Laughed, White won a Best Actress Tony and Obie Award and picked up Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lortel and Drama League nominations. Her varied stage credits include Twelfth Night, The Understudy, Bad Dates, Barbra’s Wedding, Spike Heels, The Family of Mann and The Heidi Chronicles. White also lent her voice to the Broadway production of Ann.