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Kevin Kline-led Present Laughter begins previews tonight


Present Laughter

The Broadway revival of NoŽl Coward's classic comedy Present Laughter, starring Oscar winner & two-time Tony Award winner Kevin Kline and directed by Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel, begins previews at the St. James Theatre tonight. An official opening is scheduled for April 5, 2017, with a limited 16-week engagement through to July 2, 2017.

Synopsis: "Present Laughter follows a self-obsessed actor (is there any other kind?) in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Freely indulging his considerable appetite for wine, women and sleeping late (not necessarily in that order), the theatre's favorite leading man suddenly finds himself caught between fawning ingťnues, crazed playwrights, secret trysts and unexpected twists."

Alongside Kevin Kline (Garry Essendine), the cast of Present Laughter includes Cobie Smulders (Joanna Lyppiatt), Tony & Emmy nominee Kate Burton (Liz Essendine), Tony nominee Kristine Nielsen (Monica Reed), Bhavesh Patel (Roland Maule), Tony nominee Reg Rogers (Morris Dixon), Matt Bittner (Fred), Ellen Harvey (Miss Erikson), Peter Francis James (Henry Lyppiatt), Tedra Millan (Daphne Stillington), and Sandra Shipley (Lady Saltburn), with Kelley Curran, Rachel Pickup, James Riordan, and David L. Townsend.

The creative team behind Present Laughter features scenic design by Tony winner David Zinn, costume design by Tony winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by two-time Tony nominee Justin Townsend, sound design by Fitz Patton, and hair design by Josh Marquette.

Present Laughter is produced on Broadway by Jordan Roth, Jujamcyn Theaters, Spencer Ross, A.C. Orange International, Eric Falkenstein, Grove Entertainment, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, Stephanie McClelland, Harbor Entertainment, and Daryl Roth.

Originally premiereing on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre in October 1946 with Clifton Webb in the leading role, the comedy has since enjoyed a total of four revivals - 1958 at the Belasco Theatre (starring NoŽl Coward himself), 1982 at Circle in the Square (starring George C. Scott), 1996 at the Walter Kerr Theatre (starring Frank Langella) and most recently by the Roundabout Theatre Company in 2010 at the American Airlines Theatre (starring Victor Garber).

Kevin Kline won Tony Awards for his performances in 'On the Twentieth Century' (1978) and 'The Pirates of Penzance' (1981). More recently, he earned a Tony nomination for 'Henry IV' in 2004. Other Broadway credits include 'Cyrano de Bergerac,' 'Ivanov,' 'Arms and the Man,' 'Loose Ends,' 'The Three Sisters,' 'The Time of Your Life,' 'Edward II,' 'The Robber Bridegroom,' 'Scapin,' 'Measure for Measure,' and 'The Beggar's Opera.' His many screen credits include his Oscar-winning performance in "A Fish Called Wanda," along with a total of 5 Golden Globe nominations, 2 BAFTA nominations and an Emmy nomination.

- by Tom Millward

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