'Significant Other' Engaged for Broadway

Joan Marcus
Lindsay Mendez and Gideon Glick in 'Significant Other'

Marking the first new American play in what is shaping up to be an anemic season for homegrown drama, Joshua Harmon's seriocomedy will open in March.

Following the trajectory of this year's Tony Award winner for best play, The Humans, another transfer of a well-reviewed Roundabout Theatre Company production is being positioned to move from off-Broadway to theatrical primetime.

Producer Jeffrey Richards has announced plans to bring Joshua Harmon's play, Significant Other, to Broadway in the winter, with the intention to reassemble the original cast of director Trip Cullman's production.

A seriocomedy about a twentysomething gay man confronting the void of his emotional solitude as his best girlfriends transition, one by one, into marriage and motherhood, the play premiered off-Broadway in June last year. It drew critical acclaim and landed on a number of publications' annual roundups of the best New York theater, including The Hollywood Reporter.

The play starred Gideon Glick in the central role, with Lindsay Mendez, Sas Goldberg and Carra Patterson as his girlfriends, Barbara Barrie as his grandmother and John Behlmann and Luke Smith as various male love interests and co-workers.

Cullman will again direct the production, marking his Broadway debut along with that of Harmon, whose Bad Jews is a widely produced hit that also originated at Roundabout.

While the 2016-17 Broadway season has started to take shape, Significant Other is the first new American play announced so far. However, The Humans playwright Stephen Karam will premiere a new adaptation of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, also for Roundabout, which begins performances Sept. 17. Both Harmon and Karam emerged out of the Roundabout Underground program dedicated to nurturing new theater artists.

Dates have yet to be fixed for Significant Other, which is aiming to begin previews in February for a March opening at a Shubert theater to be announced.

Prolific producer Richards was represented last season by the David Mamet play China Doll, with Al Pacino; the comedy revival Sylvia, with Matthew Broderick; the short-lived musical adaptation of American Psycho; and the Tony-nominated revival of Fiddler on the Roof, which continues running at the Broadway Theatre.