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Mother Knows Best! The Lyons, Starring Linda Lavin, Opens on Broadway

Mother Knows Best! The Lyons, Starring Linda Lavin, Opens on Broadway

Nicky Silver’s comedy The Lyons officially opens at Broadway’s Cort Theatre on April 23. Directed by Mark Brokaw, The Lyons stars Broadway favorites Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa, Michael Esper and Kate Jennings Grant as the dysfunctional Lyons family.

Several Broadway and TV veterans will be on hand to welcome this fearsome foursome back to the Main Stem including Marlo Thomas ...

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Take a Look Inside Broadway’s Newest Dysfunctional Family, The Lyons

Take a Look Inside Broadway’s Newest Dysfunctional Family, The Lyons
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Tony winners Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa are back on Broadway as the over-the-top parents to Broadway favorites Michael Esper and Kate Jennings Grant in Nicky Silver’s The Lyons. If you thought your mother was overbearing, just wait until you meet Rita Lyons! We’ve got a first look at production photos from this hilarious new comedy, which officially opens at ...

The Lyons, Starring Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa and Michael Esper, Roars Onto Broadway

The Lyons, Starring Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa and Michael Esper, Roars Onto Broadway

Nicky Silver’s off-Broadway hit The Lyons roars onto the Main Stem beginning April 5 at the Cort Theatre. Directed by Mark Brokaw, the dysfunctional family comedy stars award-winning TV and stage actress Linda Lavin and Tony winner Dick Latessa. The Broadway production officially opens on April 23.

The Lyons is about a family grappling with the impending death of its ...

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Meet Linda Lavin and Her Dysfunctional Broadway Family in The Lyons

Meet Linda Lavin and Her Dysfunctional Broadway Family in The Lyons

Think your family is dysfunctional? Meet the Lyons! As Ben Lyons (Dick Latessa) lies dying in the hospital, he is kept company by his nagging wife (Linda Lavin) and his estranged and troubled children (Michael Esper and Kate Jennings Grant), and that’s just the beginning.  Nicky Silver's The Lyons roars onto Broadway beginning April 5, following its sold-out run off-Broadway ...

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Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa & Co. Get Ready to Roar Onto Broadway in The Lyons

Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa & Co. Get Ready to Roar Onto Broadway in The Lyons
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They’ll soon bring a biting brand of family drama to Broadway, but the cast of The Lyons showed off their lighter sides when they chatted up the theater press on March 28. Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa are the heads of the troubled Lyon clan, and they were joined at Davenport Studios by their estranged onstage children (Michael Esper and ...

Tickets Now on Sale for The Lyons, Starring Linda Lavin

Tickets Now on Sale for The Lyons, Starring Linda Lavin

Tickets are now available for the Broadway transfer of Nicky Silver’s The Lyons. Directed by Mark Brokaw, the play stars Tony winners Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa and features Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell. The Lyons will begin previews on April 5 at the Cort Theatre, with an official opening scheduled for April 23.

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Full Original Cast Confirmed for Broadway Run of The Lyons, Starring Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa

Full Original Cast Confirmed for Broadway Run of The Lyons, Starring Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa

The original cast from the off-Broadway run of Nicky Silver's The Lyons will transfer with the show when it makes its mainstem bow this spring. In addition to previously announced stars Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa, the play will also feature Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell reprising their roles. Directed by Mark Brokaw, The Lyons begins ...

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Michael Esper Set for NBC Medical Drama Pilot Do No Harm

Michael Esper Set for NBC Medical Drama Pilot Do No Harm

Michael Esper will join the cast of the NBC medical drama pilot Do No Harm as Dr. Alex Jordan, according to Deadline.com. Written by David Schulner, the drama also stars previously announced stage and screen favorite Steven Pasquale (Reasons to Be Pretty, TV’s Rescue Me). No filming dates or further casting have been announced.

Do No Harm is the ...

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The Lyons Will Transfer to Broadway’s Cort Theatre This Spring

The Lyons Will Transfer to Broadway’s Cort Theatre This Spring

Nicky Silver’s The Lyons, which premiered off-Broadway at The Vineyard Theatre, will transfer to Broadway’s Cort Theatre this spring. Original stars Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa will star in the Broadway production, with co-stars Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell expected to join as well. Directed by Mark Brokaw, The Lyons will begin previews on a ...

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Allow Me! Michael Esper, Bobby Steggert & the Cast of Assistance Meet the Press

Allow Me! Michael Esper, Bobby Steggert & the Cast of Assistance Meet the Press

Rehearsals have begun for the New York premiere of Leslye Headland's Assistance, and the cast, including Man and Boy's Virginia Kull, American Idiot’s Michael Esper and Tony nominee Bobby Steggert (Ragtime), celebrated at a January 10 press event at Playwrights Horizons. Described as a biting satire, this new comedy, by the author of the 2010 hit Bachelorette,  ...

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Michael Esper, Virginia Kull and Bobby Steggert Set For Playwright Horizons' Assistance

Michael Esper, Virginia Kull and Bobby Steggert Set For Playwright Horizons' Assistance

Michael Esper, Virginia Kull and Tony nominee Bobby Steggert will lead Playwrights Horizons' previously announced New York premiere of Leslye Headland's Assistance. Directed by Trip Cullman, previews begin February 3, with opening night set for February 28. The limited engagement runs through March 11.

Assistance delves into humanity’s need and drive for power. The story follows young assistants whose lives are ...

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The Lyons, Starring Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa, Gets Second Off-Broadway Extension

The Lyons, Starring Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa, Gets Second Off-Broadway Extension

The world premiere production of Nicky Silver's The Lyons has extended at off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre for a second time. The play will now run through November 20 instead of the previously announced closing date of November 11.

Directed by Mark Brokaw and starring Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa, The Lyons follows a family grappling with the imminent death of its ...

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Join the Opening Night Family Gathering of The Lyons, With Linda Lavin & Co.

Join the Opening Night Family Gathering of The Lyons, With Linda Lavin & Co.
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The family reunion on stage in Nicky Silver's new play, The Lyons, might not be the happiest of gatherings, but the show's cast was in high spirits on October 11, as they celebrated opening night. Featuring Tony winners Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa as Rita and Ben Lyons, alongside Michael Esper and Kate Jennings Grant as their children, The Lyons ...

The Lyons, Starring Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa, Extends at Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre

The Lyons, Starring Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa, Extends at Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre

The world premiere production of Nicky Silver's The Lyons has extended at off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre. The play will now run through November 11 instead of the previously announced October 30 closing date. Opening night is set for October 11.

Directed by Mark Brokaw and starring Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa, The Lyons follows a family grappling with the imminent death ...

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Nicky Silver's The Lyons, Starring Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa, Opens at the Vineyard Theatre

Nicky Silver's The Lyons, Starring Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa, Opens at the Vineyard Theatre

Acclaimed playwright Nicky Silver's world premiere comedy The Lyons officially opens at off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre on October 11. Tony winners Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa lead the production, which is directed by Mark Brokaw. The limited engagement runs through October 30.

The Lyons follows a family grappling with the death of its patriarch. When Rita (Lavin), the wife of Ben ...

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Get Introduced to the Dysfunctional Family of The Lyons, Starring Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa

Get Introduced to the Dysfunctional Family of The Lyons, Starring Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa
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Nicky Silver's new family drama The Lyons is getting set for an October 11 opening at off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre, and Broadway.com has your first look at this dysfunctional crew. Tony winner Linda Lavin stars as matriarch Rita, alongside fellow Tony winner Dick Latessa as her cancer-stricken husband, Ben. Rita and Ben have called upon their adult children (played by ...

The Lyons, Family Drama Starring Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa, Begins Off-Broadway Performances

The Lyons, Family Drama Starring Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa, Begins Off-Broadway Performances

After a one-day delay, performances begin on September 22 for the world premiere of Nicky Silver's play The Lyons at off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre. Starring Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa and directed by Mark Brokaw, the family drama is set to officially open on October 11.

The Lyons follows a family grappling with the death of its patriarch. When Rita (Lavin ...

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Linda Lavin-Led Family Drama The Lyons Delays First Preview By One Night

Linda Lavin-Led Family Drama The Lyons Delays First Preview By One Night

Nicky Silver's The Lyons, which was set to begin performances on September 21 at off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre, has delayed its start date until September 22. The cancellation of the first preview is due to recent adjustments to the rehearsal schedule that were caused by Hurricane Irene earlier this month. Opening night remains planned for October 11.

Starring Linda Lavin and ...

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Tickets Now on Sale For Nicky Silver's Family Drama The Lyons, Starring Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa

Tickets Now on Sale For Nicky Silver's Family Drama The Lyons, Starring Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa

Tickets are now available for Nicky Silver's The Lyons, starring Tony winners Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa. Directed by Mark Brokaw, the family drama beings previews on September 21 at off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre, with opening night set for October 11.

The world premiere production follows a family grappling with the death of its patriarch. When Ben Lyons' (Latessa) wife, Rita ...

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Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa, Michael Esper & the Cast of The Lyons Come Together for a Family Affair

Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa, Michael Esper & the Cast of The Lyons Come Together for a Family Affair
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Get ready for a good old dysfunctional family drama as Nicky Silver's The Lyons readies to begin performances at off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre. Featuring Tony winners Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa as Mr. and Mrs. Lyons, with Broadway vets Michael Esper and Kate Jennings Grant as their offspring, The Lyons will get its world premiere beginning September 21. On August 23 ...

Dick Latessa, Kate Jennings Grant & Brenda Pressley Join Vineyard Theatre's The Lyons

Dick Latessa, Kate Jennings Grant & Brenda Pressley Join Vineyard Theatre's The Lyons

Tony winner Dick Latessa, Kate Jennings Grant and Brenda Pressley will join previously announced stars Linda Lavin, Michael Esper and Gregory Wooddell in Nicky Silver's The Lyons at off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre. Performances begin September 21, with opening night set for October 11, directed by Mark Brokaw.

Latessa earned a Tony Award for Hairspray. He has also appeared on Broadway in ...

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Michael Cerveris, Harriet Harris, Michael Esper and More Set for Duncan Sheik's The Nightingale at New York Stage and Film

Michael Cerveris, Harriet Harris, Michael Esper and More Set for Duncan Sheik's The Nightingale at New York Stage and Film

Broadway vets Michael Cerveris, Harriet Harris, Michael Esper, Jarrod Spector, de'Adre Aziza, Linda Hart and more have signed on for the previously announced musical workshops at New York Stage and Film at Vassar College's Powerhouse Theatre. This year's productions includes The Nightingale, a new musical from Spring Awakening team Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater.

Cerveris (Sweeney Todd) and Harris (Thoroughly ...

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From Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to American Idiot and Back, Michael Esper Reflects on an Exhilarating Year

From Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to American Idiot and Back, Michael Esper Reflects on an Exhilarating Year

About the author:
Michael Esper’s last name is synonymous with excellence in acting: His parents, William and Suzanne, teach at the famed William Esper Studio, and his dad heads the theater program at Rutgers University, where Michael studied. But there’s no doubt that the younger Esper has earned acclaim on his own merits, amassing an impressive list of off-Broadway credits ...

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Smart Theater! Tony Kushner's Intelligent Homosexual's Guide Opens Off-Broadway

Smart Theater! Tony Kushner's Intelligent Homosexual's Guide Opens Off-Broadway
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The opening night crowd at the Public Theater cheered on May 5 when Tony Kushner’s mammoth family drama The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures made its off-Broadway bow. This co-production with Signature Theatre Company stars Kushner specialists Stephen Spinella (a two-time Tony winner for Angels in America) and Linda Emond, plus Michael ...

Tony Kushner and His Cast Tell All About The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures

Tony Kushner and His Cast Tell All About The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures

New York theater fans are rejoicing the arrival of a new play by Tony Kushner, the juicy family epic The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures. This joint production of Signature Theater Company and the Public Theater stars Michael Cristofer as a troubled retired labor leader and father to a trio of equally ...

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