Annaleigh Ashford's Sylvia finds Broadway home

The upcoming Broadway production of A.R. Gurney's comedy Sylvia starring Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford has announced it will open officially at the Cort Theatre on 15 October 2015, following previews from 25 September 2015.

Joining Ms. Ashford in the cast will be Tony Award winner Julie White as Kate, and Drama Desk Award winner Robert Sella as Tom/Phyllis/Leslie. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

Synopsis: "Has your pet changed your life? Have you ever wondered what she's thinking when she stares up at you and tilts her head? Could she have the secret to understanding the world at large and your place in it? Or is she just more interested in how your shoe tastes? The world of a middle-aged New York couple is turned topsy-turvy when the husband brings home an exceptionally engaging canine running loose in Central Park. This look into the complexities of love and commitment asks what it truly means to be devoted to your partner... and how do you choose between the love of your life and man's best friend?"

Sylvia is directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan and produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and Daryl Roth.

The creative team features scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Ann Roth, and lighting design by Japhy Weideman.

Sylvia was originally produced off-Broadway in 1995 by the Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center's Stage I. Sarah Jessica Parker starred in the title role alongside Blythe Danner and the production ran for 167 performances, earning Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Actress in a Play (for Parker), and Outstanding Costume Design.

Annaleigh Ashford recently won a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for 'You Can't Take It With You' (2015). Her other Broadway credits include 'Hair,' 'Legally Blonde,' and 'Wicked.'

Tickets for the production go on general sale from 24 June 2015.

- by Dom O'Hanlon

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