'The Humans' Sets January Broadway Move

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Sarah Steele, Arian Moayed, Jayne Houdyshell and Lauren Klein in 'The Humans'

Scott Rudin and Barry Diller are teaming to present the transfer of the Roundabout Theatre Company hit by Stephen Karam, with its original six-person cast intact.

As previously disclosed in The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen Karam's critically acclaimed domestic drama The Humans will jump directly from its off-Broadway run to Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre.

Producers Scott Rudin and Barry Diller confirmed the move Tuesday, following the announcement that the Hayes' current tenant, Dames at Sea, would be closing Jan. 3.

The Humans wraps its extended engagement at the Roundabout Theatre Company's off-Broadway home, the Laura Pels Theater on Jan. 3. The production then begins previews Jan. 23 at the Hayes, with its Broadway opening set for Feb. 18.

Directed by Joe Mantello, the play stars Cassie Beck, Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Lauren Klein, Arian Moayed and Sarah Steele, all of whom will be making the move.

Set during a Thanksgiving gathering of a Pennsylvania family at the Lower Manhattan apartment of their youngest daughter, The Humans brings humor and compassion to its observation of the anxieties of contemporary middle-class Americans. It is Karam's second play commissioned by Roundabout, following the Pulitzer-shortlisted Sons of the Prophet.

The confirmation of transfer plans for The Humans heats up the 2016 Tony Awards race for best play. Other contenders include Danai Gurira's Eclipsed, Mike Bartlett's King Charles III, Richard Greenberg's Our Mother's Brief Affair and Florian Zeller's The Father.

Rudin and Diller previously teamed as Broadway producers on the 2013 revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, which was directed by Mike Nichols and starred Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall.

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