Rose Byrne to Make Broadway Debut in 'You Can't Take It With You'

12:52 PM PST 06/24/2014 by David Rooney
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Rose Byrne

The Australian actress will star opposite James Earl Jones, Kristine Nielsen and Annaleigh Ashford in the fall revival of the classic 1936 comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

NEW YORK – Rose Byrne will take a break from her demanding schedule as one of the go-to actresses for screen comedy, switching it up with a stage turn in the Broadway revival of You Can't Take It With You.

The 1936 classic by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart about a family of Manhattan eccentrics will mark Byrne's New York stage debut. She stars opposite previously announced lead James Earl Jones and Kristine Nielsen, a Tony nominee in 2013 for best play winner Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Also joining the cast of You Can't Take It With You is Annaleigh Ashford (Masters of Sex, Kinky Boots). She and Byrne will play sisters Essie and Alice Sycamore, the latter unleashing trouble in the comedy when she invites her fiance and his uptight parents to dinner.

Scott Ellis directs the production, which will also feature Mark Linn-Baker, Crystal A. Dickinson, Julie Halston, Marc Damon Johnson, Patrick Kerr and Reg Rogers, with additional casting to be announced.

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The play begins previews Aug. 26 at the Longacre Theatre, with official opening night set for Sept. 28.

Jason Robert Brown, a double Tony winner this year for his score and orchestrations on The Bridges of Madison County, will compose original music for the production. The deluxe design team includes David Rockwell (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes) and Donald Holder (lighting).

Lead producers on the revival are Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, who in addition to Bridges, shepherded this year's Tony winners All the WayLady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill and The Glass Menagerie.

Best known for Bridesmaids and her long-running role on Damages, Byrne was recently seen onscreen opposite Seth Rogen and Zac Efron in Neighbors. Next up, she appears in the all-star ensemble of This Is Where I Leave You, which includes Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda, Adam DriverConnie BrittonKathryn Hahn and Timothy Olyphant; and in the remake of Annie, with Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis.

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