Kevin Kline Play 'Present Laughter' to Be Recorded for On-Demand Viewing
Cobie Smulders and Kate Burton also star in the Tony-winning revival, which will be filmed by BroadwayHD.
Viewers everywhere will soon be able to watch Present Laughter.
The Broadway revival of the Noel Coward comedy — which stars Kevin Kline, Cobie Smulders, Kate Burton, Kristine Nielsen and Reg Rogers — will be recorded by BroadwayHD for on-demand viewing.
Filming will take place during Friday's performance at the St. James Theatre. Starting this fall, BroadwayHD subscribers can stream Present Laughter on BroadwayHD.com, Chromecast and BroadwayHD’s Roku, Apple TV, iPad, iPhone and Android mobile apps. BroadwayHD and Thirteen/WNET are partnering with Present Laughter to capture the show. It will be directed for the screen by David Horn.
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Present Laughter earned Kline his third Tony Award earlier this month for his performance as Garry Essendine, a self-obsessed actor caught up in an all-consuming mid-life crisis. The limited engagement, which was also Tony-nominated for best play revival and costume design, is set to close July 2.
"As our thrilling limited engagement comes to an end on Broadway, we are all so excited to be partnering with Thirteen/WNET and BroadwayHD to preserve our beloved production for audiences around the world and for years to come,” said Jordan Roth, lead producer of Present Laughter on Broadway. "Now our Laughter will always be Present!”
The BroadwayHD recording follows that of the musical comedy Holiday Inn, which starred Bryce Pinkham and Corbin Bleu, and last year's musical revival of She Loves Me, with Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski.
In a moment of high Broadway ticket prices, BroadwayHD’s lineup “allows people who can’t afford to buy a full-price ticket to experience Broadway,” co-founders Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley told The Hollywood Reporter last year. “BroadwayHD is about providing access to those tickets, because not everyone is in New York. We want to expand the reach of the show outside the physical Broadway theater.”