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Broadway Box Office: Nathan Lane and James Earl Jones pack 'em in. Mia Farrow? Not so much

It’s Only a Play doesn’t open until this Thursday, but the backstage comedy revival is already minting money for its producers at Broadway’s Schoenfeld Theatre. The star-studded show—featuring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, and Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint—grossed an impressive $1.25 million for the week ending Oct. 5, according to figures from the Broadway League. That’s a remarkable haul for a non-musical—and actually exceeds the potential earnings for the venue (thanks mostly to premium tickets sales and high demand).

Another star-studded revival, Kaufman and Hart’s You Can’t Take It With You (starring James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne), got a giant boost from its across-the-board rave reviews. In the first full week since its Sept. 28 opening, the comedy upped its ticket stales nearly 50 percent from the previous week, to $571,079. READ FULL STORY

Rose Byrne joins the Broadway cast of 'You Can't Take It With You'

Neighbors star Rose Byrne will make her Broadway debut this fall opposite James Earl Jones in the upcoming revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play You Can’t Take It With You. 

Bryne will play Alice Sycamore, the youngest daughter of an eccentric family who brings home her fiancé for their parents to meet. In addition to the previously announced Jones and Tony nominee Kristine Nielsen, the play will also star Tony nominee Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots), Mark Linn-Baker (Perfect Strangers), Crystal A. Dickinson (Clybourne Park), Julie Halston (Anything Goes), Marc Damon Johnson (Lucky Guy), Patrick Kerr (Stage Kiss), and Tony nominee Reg Rogers (Holiday).

Directed by Scott Ellis, the production will begin previews August 26, 2014, at the Longacre Theatre before its official opening on September 28.


James Earl Jones to return to Broadway this fall in 'You Can't Take It With You'

It appears that Broadway’s current obsession with Moss Hart (now embodied in the just-reviewed Lincoln Center production of his beloved memoir Act One) is going to continue just a bit longer. James Earl Jones, a.k.a. The Voice (well before it was a hit NBC reality competition program), will lend those Darth Vader tones to the 1936 American classic You Can’t Take It With You, written by ace scribes Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman and even better known for the Best Picture Oscar-winning 1938 film by Frank Capra.

In the first revival in over 30 years, Jones is assumed to take the role of Grandpa Vanderhof, the head of the eccentric Sycamore family, who lock horns with another family, the Kirbys, over a real-estate dispute that interrupts the romantic progress of two younger members of each clan. The production, a Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama, will be directed by Broadway vet Scott Ellis (Curtains).

You Can’t Take It With You is slated to begin previews this August, with an opening night set for September 28. Additional cast and creative team will be announced at a later date.

Tony Awards 2012: We predict the winners

Now is the time for Newsies fans and theater geeks everywhere to seize the day! It’s Tony time! This Sunday, Neil Patrick Harris will be donning his tux once again to host the annual celebration of Broadway’s finest moments (and we’ll be live-blogging the Tony Award ceremony, so please watch with us!). In a repeat from last year’s NPH-led event, expect another rash of jokes at the expense of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Fellow EW critic Melissa Rose Bernardo and I here offer our predictions in all the Tony categories (you’ll see our names after each of our picks). Disagree? Please let us know who you think will win — or should win — in the comments section. (For more Stage coverage, go to EW.com’s Stage hub.)

Best Play
Clybourne Park (Thom)
Other Desert Cities
Peter and the Starcatcher
Venus in Fur

It’s one of the strongest years in recent memory for new American plays. While Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities won wide acclaim when it opened last year, I give the edge to Pulitzer winner Clybourne Park.

Best Musical
Leap of Faith
(Melissa, Thom)
Nice Work If You Can Get It

This is a two-way race between movie-based hits that each have an underdog story: Once and Newsies. The former is charming but relatively small-scale. And since a sizable number of Tony voters handle Broadway tours throughout the country, a more traditional, broader-based hit like Newsies is likely to win out. READ FULL STORY

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