Tony Award Winning Hit Comedy “39 Steps” Will Continue Entertaining New York Audiences at the Union
Rick Miramontez / Michael Jorgensen / Matthew Troillett
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
TONY AWARD® WINNING
“ 3 9 S T E P S ”
WILL CONTINUE ENTERTAINING
NEW YORK AUDIENCES
BEGINNING APRIL FOOLS’ DAY
UNION SQUARE THEATRE
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR APRIL 13TH
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
ALL MEZZANINE SEATS $39 AT ALL PERFORMANCES
New York, NY (February 17, 2015) – Producer Douglas Denoff, in association with Fiery Angel, London, is thrilled to announce that the two-time Tony Award® winning hilarious hit comedy 39 Steps will re-open in New York City at the Union Square Theatre (100 East 17th Street) starting April Fools’ Day, Wednesday, April 1st for an open-ended run. Adapted by Tony® nominated author Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, and based on the book by John Buchan and the classic 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, 39 Steps will officially open on Monday, April 13th.
The show will reunite the entire original creative team, including Tony® nominated author Patrick Barlow, Tony® nominated director Maria Aitken, Tony® winning lighting designer Kevin Adams, Tony® winning sound designer Mic Pool, and Tony® nominated scenic and costume designer Peter McKintosh.
“39 Steps is a joyful and anarchic experience for all concerned – I’m delighted to return to it – and there’s a particular pleasure in making theatrical magic without trillion dollar sets!” said director Maria Aitken.
39 Steps is a comedic spoof of the classic 1935 film, with only 4 “insanely talented” actors portraying more than 150 characters, sometimes changing roles in the blink of an eye. The brilliantly madcap story follows our dashing hero Richard Hannay as he races to solve the mystery of The 39 Steps, all the while trying to clear his name. The show’s uproarious fast-paced 100 minutes promises to leave you gasping for breath… in a good way! It’s fun for everyone from 9 to 99.
“With the worldwide success of the show, since 2011, virtually the only place on Earth that audiences haven’t been able to see 39 Steps has been New York City. The historic Union Square Theatre is a beautiful home for 39 Steps, and its location on 17th Street, just ‘39 steps East of Union Square’, puts us right in the heart of New York’s bustling activity! Subways from Times Square and almost every corner of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn converge right on our doorstep,” said lead producer Douglas Denoff. “We are also making the show very accessible for everyone, with our entire mezzanine priced at $39 for every performance – with $20 tickets for students, veterans, armed forces, NYPD and FDNY. It’s a Broadway-caliber experience at a very affordable price.”
Originally premiering in 2005 at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in England, 39 Steps went on to wow London audiences in 2006 at the Tricycle Theatre before transferring to the West End’s Criterion Theatre, where it is still playing in its 9th smash year, quickly approaching its 3500th performance. The production, and Patrick Barlow, went on to receive the 2007 Olivier Award for Best Comedy, and has since been seen across the globe, from Melbourne and Madrid to Tel Aviv, Seoul, Tokyo and Buenos Aires. In North America, it is one of the top ten licenses shows in regional theatres.
39 Steps came to Broadway in January 2008 and ran over three years, playing a record-breaking 1,135 performance – the longest running play in 7 years. It received six 2008 Tony nominations, including Patrick Barlow for Best Play, winning two for Sound Design and Lighting Design, and three Drama Desk Nominations, winning two including Unique Theatrical Experience.
Additional information, including casting, will be announced shortly.
39 Steps will play the following performance schedule: Mondays at 7:00 PM, Wednesdays at 2:00PM and 8:00 PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 PM, Saturdays at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM, and Sundays at 3:00 PM. Tickets for the show are now on sale via www.39StepsNY.com, thru Ticketmaster online and by phone at 1-800-982-2787, and also, starting March 25, in person at the Union Square Theatre box office, which opens at 1PM daily except Tuesdays and remains open until 30 minutes after show time. Tickets are priced at $39-89. Premium seats are $105. $20 tickets for students, veterans, armed forces, NYPD and FDNY are available in person at the box office with ID the day of the show.
For more information, visit www.39StepsNY.com
This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock’s film is fast and frothy,
performed by a cast of four that seems like a cast of thousands. Theater at its finest!”
Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“The most entertaining show on Broadway!”
Liz Smith, The New York Post
“Ingenious! A dizzy delight!
Once this fast-paced fun ride leaves the station, you don’t want to get off!”
Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News
“Riotous & marvelous!
An inventively astonishing, stripped-down comedy.”
Clive Barnes, The New York Post
“Comedy of the highest order!”
— Roma Torre, NY1
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