2010-2011 Season

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

• 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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Roundabout Roundup: Week of February 6, 2012

Posted on: February 10th, 2012 by Roundabout


Cast set for Don't Dress for Dinner

"Oscar nominee Jennifer Tilly will star as Suzanne in Mark Camoletti’s French farce, Don’t Dress for Dinner. Directed by John Tillinger and adapted by Robin Hawdon, the production will also star Melora Hardin as Jacqueline, Ben Daniels as Robert, Adam James as Bernard and Spencer Kayden as Suzette. The Roundabout Theatre Company production begins previews on March 30 and officially opens on April 26 at the American Airlines Theatre." -

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Anything Goes on Broadway:
Baby, you're the top!

"The Roundabout Theater Company's current production of Anything Goes is just such a show, chock full of contemporary themes and ageless. It is for these reasons and many more that I'll gladly crown Anything Goes the quintessential American musical.

Apparently, I'm not alone in feeling this big love, after witnessing the smiles, enthusiastic clapping and bopping/foot tapping going on in the audience of the Stephen Sondheim Theater this past Wednesday night. To quote Porter's magnificent lyrics 'The Gypsy in Me' finds 'Anything Goes' both 'Easy to Love' and 'De-lovely.'" -

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Norma Langworthy, Theatre Producer, Dies at 92

"Norma Langworthy, a life-long theatre devotee who produced plays Off-Broadway and on, died Jan. 28 at her home in New York City. She was 92.

She supported many New York theatre companies, including the Roundabout Theatre Company, which, in December 2005, named the Langworthy Lounge in the American Airlines Theatre after her." -

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Read a note on Norma Langworthy from Todd Haimes and Julia Levy.

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Review Roundup: ‘Look Back in Anger’

Posted on: February 8th, 2012 by Roundabout


The Wall Street Journal
Still Angry After All These Years
Terry Teachout

"Mr. Gold's direction is so passionately precise that it contrives to make most of the rough places plain enough. As for Mr. Rhys's performance, it's flat-out phenomenal. I suspect it will be a long time before another revival as well cast and thrillingly staged as this one comes to New York."

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'Look Back in Anger' suffuses '50s heat
Linda Winer

"There are powder-kegs of fury in director Sam Gold's galvanic, comfortably erotic, nasty revival, not to mention four incisive actors cutting deep into the hyper-articulate verbal and body language."

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Time Out New York
Director Sam Gold shakes up the 1956 English shocker in a stripped-down revival
David Cote

"The acting is jazzy, sensual and dirty. Rhys is thrilling, with a great ear for his slashing speeches and a splash of Richard Burton’s whiskey growl in his timbre. Goldberg abases herself with perilous abandon. Parry is well cast as the flinty, arch Helena, and Driver continues to impress with his sly, boyish ardor."

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New York Post
A look at good 'Anger' management

Elisabeth Vincentelli

"Gold’s bold, imaginative staging makes a strong case for Osborne in the 21st century."

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Look Back in Anger is playing at the Laura Pels Theatre, Harold & Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre through April 8, 2012.  For more information, click here.

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