It's confirmed! As previously reported, James Earl Jones will return to Broadway as the grandfather in a revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s You Can’t Take it With You. Scott Ellis will direct the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy at a Shubert Theater to be named later. Previews will begin in August, with opening night set for September 28.
You Can't Take it With You introduces audiences to the freethinking Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter's fiancé brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. The show debuted at the Booth Theatre in 1936 and was last revived on Broadway in 1983. A revival of the play had been planned in 2010 but fell through. The new production will have a multi-racial cast.
Jones received Tony Awards for Fences and The Great White Hope, and nominations for On Golden Pond and The Best Man. His other Broadway credits include Othello, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Of Mice and Men and The Iceman Cometh. His many film roles include Clear and Present Danger, Field of Dreams and The Man.