Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Tickets are on sale now for the Broadway revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune at the Broadhurst Theatre.

In 2019 esteemed four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally celebrates his 80th Birthday and what better way to mark the occasion than with a new production of his classic two-hander Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune?

The list of actors who have taken on the illustrious roles of Frankie and Johnny in the past reads like a who’s who, so naturally producers have enlisted two extraordinary talents for the 2019 revival. “Mama Broadway” herself, Audra McDonald makes a welcomed return to the New York stage – the first since her 2016 pregnancy – and the six-time Tony Award winner is joined on stage by Tony and 2-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon.

McNally’s play about two lonely middle-aged people in New York City, swimming through the murky waters of what might be a one-night stand or the start of a new relationship, first premiered off-Broadway in June 1987, courtesy of Manhattan Theatre Club. Initially intended as a 2-week run at New York City Center’s Stage II and starring Kathy Bates and F. Murray Abraham, the play moved into the larger Stage I for an additional six-week run in October and November that year (with Kenneth Welsh replacing Abraham) and even transferred to the Westside Theatre in December and enjoyed a lengthy run through to March 1989. Kathy Bates won an Obie Award (and earned a Drama Desk Award nomination) in 1988 for her performance as Frankie.

McNally also adapted the play into a 1991 film (adding several characters and locations for the screenplay), which was distributed by Paramount Pictures under the shortened title of “Frankie and Johnny“ and starred Michelle Pfeiffer (who earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance) and Al Pacino in the titular roles.

The play finally staged its Broadway premiere at the Belasco Theatre, running from July 2002 to March 2003 and starring Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci, who eventually went on to receive a Tony Award nomination for “Best Actor in a Play,” whilst the production itself was nominated for “Best Revival of a Play”. Rosie Perez and Joe Pantoliano replaced Falco and Tucci from January 2003 to close out the run.

Obie Award winner Arin Arbus makes her Broadway debut as she directs Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon in this first Broadway revival, which, much like Claude Debussy’s enchanting “Clair de Lune” music, may well tug on the heartstrings and evoke a summer of romance before you know what’s hit you.

(Audra McDonald photo by Allison Michael Orenstein / Michael Shannon photo by Lauren Weissler / Poster image by Miller Mobley​)

Running time: 
2hrs 15mins (including 1 intermission)
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About Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune:

In this new Broadway production, Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon, two of the most acclaimed actors of their generation, bring the bruised dreamers of Terrence McNally’s classic romance to new life. Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune is a portrait of a lonely waitress and a short order cook whose first date turns into a one-night stand – and maybe more.

Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
as Frankie

4 May 2019 to 25 Aug 2019

Michael Shannon
Michael Shannon
as Johnny

4 May 2019 to 25 Aug 2019

Terrence McNally
Hunter Arnold, Debbie Bisno and Tom Kirdahy
Arin Arbus
Natasha Katz
Nevin Steinberg
Riccardo Hernandez
Emily Rebholz
Cast list:
Audra McDonald (as Frankie) and Michael Shannon (as Johnny)
Other info:
Hair, Wig & Makeup by J. Jared Janas
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
May 4, 2019
Opening date: 
May 30, 2019
August 25, 2019

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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Broadhurst Theatre

235 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
42nd Street - Port Authority Bus Terminal Station

Latest Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune News & Features

Audra McDonald & Michael Shannon
Theatre and dates set for Frankie and Johnny, starring Audra McDonald & Michael Shannon, on Broadway
February 22, 2019

Producers Hunter Arnold, Debbie Bisno and Tom Kirdahy have now confirmed that the previously announced Broadway revival of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring 6-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (as Frankie) and Tony and 2-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (as Johnny), has secured the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway. The limited 16-week engagement begins previews on May 4, 2019, ahead of an official opening on May 30, and will run through to August 25, 2019.

Audra McDonald & Michael Shannon
Audra McDonald & Michael Shannon will return to Broadway in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
January 24, 2019

In celebration of four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally's upcoming 80th Birthday, a new production of one of his most critically acclaimed plays, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, will be mounted at a yet-to-be confirmed Broadway venue with performances expected to begin in May 2019. The limited 16-week engagement will see a much-anticipated return to the Great White Way for two of its most celebrated stars as 6-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald and Tony and 2-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon take on the roles of Frankie and Johnny, respectively.