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Broadway Highlights: The Importance of Being Earnest

Posted on: February 28th, 2012 by Roundabout

One of the greatest joys of our job is seeing our audiences transformed by a theatre performance. At some point in Roundabout’s 46-year history, you’ve likely experienced a play or musical that has inspired you. Roundabout has been fortunate to produce award-winning productions on Broadway for 20 years now. You may even recall our first Broadway production of Anna Christie at the Criterion Center in 1992.

In celebration of our 20th Anniversary on Broadway, we’re highlighting 8 special productions from our Archives that helped us grow to our position today as one of the nation’s most influential not-for-profits.

The Importance of Being Earnest
Written by Oscar Wilde

Directed by Brian Bedford

December 17, 2010 – June 26, 2011 (189 performances)

Performed at the American Airlines Theatre

Original Cast
Brian Bedford, Dana Ivey, Paxton Whitehead, Amanda Leigh Cobb, Santino Fontana, David Furr, Tim MacDonald, Paul O'Brien, Charlotte Parry, Sara Topham

Sarah Topham, David Furr, and Brian Bedford in 'The Importance of Being Earnest'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2010

Milestones
• Brian Bedford’s fourth Roundabout production and first as a director

• First-ever Broadway production shown in HD in movie theatres across the world

• First time (on Broadway) that the main female character was portrayed by a male

• Roundabout’s second revival of the play (first was in 1968)

• Nominated for 3 Tony® Awards, including Best Revival of a Play

Explore the The Importance of Being Earnest Production Archives.

Santino Fontana, Charlotte Parry, Sarah Topham, and David Furr in 'The Importance of Being Earnest'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2010

The Importance of Being Earnest and many of the other historic productions have helped Roundabout grow into the nation’s most influential not-for-profit theatre. Please consider making a gift today to help us create more inspiring productions for years to come



Explore more of entire collection of our Broadway Highlights.



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2010-2011 Season, Broadway Highlights, Roundabout Archive, Special Events, The Importance of Being Earnest


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