Burn This

Burn This

In December 2019, Oscar and 3-time Emmy Award nominee Adam Driver will once again take us to a galaxy far, far away and reprise his fan favorite role of Kylo Ren in Episode IX of the famed “Star Wars” franchize… and he’ll be joined in that movie by Golden Globe winner Keri Russell!

Broadway fans, however, get the chance to witness this intriguing pairing live and in person at the Hudson Theatre, long before the force re-awakens, as they take on the first-ever Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s fiery drama Burn This. Expect some explosive acting when the two go head-to-head as Pale and Anna Mann – the roles originated (and made famous) by John Malkovich and Joan Allen.

Burn This originally premiered off-Broadway in 1987 and, due to its critical success, a Broadway transfer was greenlit that same year. The Broadway premiere production would play the Plymouth Theatre, running for a total of 437 performances from October 7, 1987 to October 29, 1988, and Joan Allen received the Tony Award for “Best Actress in a Play” for her performance.

The play has since been performed across the globe, most notably in a 1990 Australian production (courtesy of Sydney Theatre Company) starring Heather Mitchell and Richard Roxburgh and a 1990 West End premiere with Malkovich reprising the role of Pale opposite Juliet Stevenson. The last major New York production of the piece was staged by Signature Theatre in 2002, starring Edward Norton, earning a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for “Outstanding Revival” (and Mr. Norton winning an Obie Award for his performance).

For the Broadway revival, Mr. Driver and Ms. Russell are joined by a couple of accomplished stage actors who are also Tony Award nominees in their own right. Brandon Uranowitz takes on the role of Larry, whilst David Furr plays Burton in the Manhattan-centric four-hander.

Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, performances began on March 15, 2019 at Broadway's Hudson Theatre.

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(Photos by Matthew Murphy)

Running time: 
2hrs 30mins (including 1 intermission)
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About Burn This:

Burn This tells the story of four New Yorkers whose lives are uprooted by a young dancer's accidental death. Set in downtown New York in the raw and gritty 1980s, the combustible drama explores the spiritual and emotional isolation of the dangerous, sexy, raw and demanding Pale and the modern dancer Anna, and their tempestuous relationship after the two iconoclasts are brought together in the wake of a life-changing personal tragedy.

Adam Driver
Adam Driver
as Pale

until 14 Jul 2019

Keri Russell
Keri Russell
as Anna Mann

until 14 Jul 2019

Lanford Wilson
David Binder
Michael Mayer
Natasha Katz
Derek McLane
Clint Ramos
Cast list:
Adam Driver (as Pale), Keri Russell (as Anna Mann), David Furr (as Burton), and Brandon Uranowitz (as Larry)
Burn This Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
March 15, 2019
Opening date: 
April 16, 2019
July 14, 2019

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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Hudson Theatre

139-141 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 6th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
Times Square - 42nd Street station

Latest Burn This News & Features

Adam Driver in Lanford Wilson's Burn This
Official Broadway production photos released for Burn This, starring Adam Driver & Keri Russell
April 15, 2019

Producers of the first-ever Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson's Burn This, have now released official Broadway production photos featuring cast members Adam Driver, Keri Russell, David Furr, and Brandon Uranowitz.

Keri Russell & Adam Driver
Lanford Wilson's Burn This, starring Adam Driver & Keri Russell, begins performances on Broadway
March 15, 2019

The first-ever Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson's Burn This, starring Academy and 3-time Emmy Award nominee Adam Driver and Golden Globe winner & 3-time Emmy Award nominee Keri Russell, begins previews at the Hudson Theatre tonight! An official opening is set for April 16, with the limited engagement running rhough to July 7, 2019.

David Furr & Brandon Uranowitz
David Furr & Brandon Uranowitz to join Adam Driver & Keri Russell in Lanford Wilson' Burn This at the Hudson Theatre on Broadway
November 27, 2018

Producer David Binder has announced new details for the previously announced first-ever Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson's Burn This, including complete casting, creative team information, dates and theatre. Burn This is set to begin previews at the Hudson Theatre on Broadway on March 15, 2019, ahead of an official opening on April 16.

Our Review

Adam Driver is turning up the heat at the Hudson Theatre in Burn This, Lanford Wilson's drama of love and grief. Director Michael Mayer has turned back the clock to 1987, with an 'overture' of 80's pop hits that gets you in the mood even before the play begins. For anyone nostalgic for youth in a simpler time, the music will warm your heart, setting off a thousand sense memories of a more... Read more