Jan Maxwell, Kelli Barrett & Rosemarry Harris in The Royal Family
October 8, 2009
December 13, 2009
George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
Based on the famous Barrymore acting dynasty, this comedy follows three generations of the Cavendish clan. This theatrical family in 1920s Manhattan is on the edge of unraveling when stage star Julie and her daughter Gwen threaten to marry their respective partners and leave the footlights behind. Meanwhile ailing grande dame matriarch, Fanny, wants nothing more than to return to the stage. Also in the mix are Fanny’s ne’er-do-well son, Tony, a movie star on the run from a scorned woman and various legal scrapes; Fanny’s not-so-successful actor brother Herbert and his (mediocre) actress wife, Kitty; and others who come and go at the family’s posh East Side duplex.
The comedy, which had pre-Broadway tryouts in Newark and Atlantic City, opened on Broadway in December 1927 at the Selwyn Theatre (now the American Airlines Theatre), where it ran for 345 performances. It has been revived on the Great White Way three times.
Produced by Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove
Other Honors for this Production:
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play
The Broadway debut of the comedy opened one day after the premiere of Show Boat, the highly successful musical based on Ferber's novel of the same name.