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Summer, 1976 on Broadway Starring Laura Linney and Jessica Hecht
Summer, 1976 on Broadway Tickets

Summer, 1976 on Broadway Tickets

New York
4 Apr 2023 - 28 May 2023
See Laura Linney and Jessica Hecht in a new play by a Pulitzer-winning author.

Summer, 1976 on Broadway Information

Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Auburn (Proof, The Columnist) brings Summer, 1976 to Broadway, starring Emmy winner and Oscar and Tony nominee Laura Linney alongside Tony and Emmy nominee Jessica Hecht. Check back to see when Summer, 1976 tickets will be on sale on New York Theatre Guide.

The Summer, 1976 play takes place in Ohio during the national Bicentennial celebration, commemorating 200 years since the U.S. was formed in 1776. During one summer, two women develop an unexpected friendship: the headstrong but naive housewife Alice and the decidedly iconoclastic artist Diana. They help each other find independence as they navigate ordinary moments of intimacy, motherhood, and ambition together, changing each other's lives.

This production is the play's world premiere. It was initially set to go up off Broadway in fall 2022, but will now premiere on Broadway in the spring with Linney. Summer, 1976 is Auburn's latest collaboration with director Daniel Sullivan, after the two helmed the award-winning Proof on Broadway in 2000.

Who is Laura Linney?

Laura Linney is a stage and screen actress best known for her Emmy-nominated performance as Wendy Byrde on Ozark and Emmy-winning performances in Wild Iris, Frasier, and John Adams. She is also an Oscar nominee for the films You Can Count on Me, Kinsey, and The Savages, and a five-time Tony nominee, most recently for My Name is Lucy Barton on Broadway. She also made her London theatre debut in that play in 2020.

Who is Jessica Hecht?

Jessica Hecht is an Emmy-nominated actress for her performance in the Netflix series Special and a Tony nominee for A View From the Bridge on Broadway. In addition to her 10 Broadway credits, she is best known for her screen roles as as Susan Bunch on Friends and Gretchen Schwarz on Breaking Bad.

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Opening date

April 4th, 2023

Closing date

May 28th, 2023


Broadway, Plays, Opening Soon

Previews from

April 3rd, 2023


Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Cast and creative

By: David Auburn
Director: Daniel Sullivan
Producer: Manhattan Theatre Club
Cast list: Laura Linney (as Diana), Jessica Hecht (as Alice)

Latest Summer, 1976 on Broadway News & Features

For some people, seeing Jessica Hecht summons the sitcom megahit Friends, in which she played Ross’s ex-wife’s girlfriend, Susan. While gaining primetime exposure on that show and other TV and film projects (like Breaking Bad), Hecht built a career in theatre. Since making her stage debut more than three decades ago, the Tony Award-nominated and Obie-winning actress, who earned her undergraduate degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, has worked on and off Broadway. Common in all her work:...

Laura Linney has flip-flopped between stage and screen like a steady heartbeat for 30 years. Along the way she’s won four Emmys and two Golden Globes, and she's been up for three Academy Awards and five Tonys, among other prizes. Whoever she’s playing, a consistency in her acting implies an unspoken message, one that matches the title of the 2000 movie that brought her first Oscar nod: You Can Count On Me. A Juilliard-trained actress, Linney has said the theatre is her happy place. In her latest...

Emmy and Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht joins the Broadway cast of Summer, 1976, a new play by Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn. Performances begin at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on April 4 ahead of an April 25 opening night. Hecht is known for her Emmy-nominated performance in the Netflix series Special, and for roles in Friends, Breaking Bad, The Boys, and Succession. On Broadway, she received a Tony nomination for A View From the Bridge, and her other roles include Fiddler On The Roof,...

Emmy Award winner and five-time Tony Award nominee Laura Linney is returning to the New York stage. She will star in Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Summer, 1976 on Broadway, with performances beginning April 4, 2023 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.Directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan, David Auburn's play follows the nonconformist artist Diana and the independent yet naive housewife Alice over one summer in Ohio. The two develop an unlikely friendship and help each other become...