BWW TV: Broadway Beat - The 39 Steps and Passing Strange (TV Content)
Broadway Beat is the popular weekly television program
for and about the theatre world, right on the internet. This topic is
opening night for
The 39 Steps. There are some terrific interviews with the 4 cast
members, including Jennifer Ferrin, as well as Maria Aitken and Patrick
Barlow. And there are also some great clips of the production.
performance was on October 26, 2008. She's now moving onto other
Cliff Saunders also exited the show on October 26.
Sam Robards replaced Charles Edwards as Richard Hannay on July 8.
The 39 Steps is now at the Cort Theatre!
The 39 Steps has become a favorite of Broadway
audiences! As a result, the run on Broadway has been extended!
The 39 Steps had to leave the American
Airlines Theatre to make room for the nonprofit theater’s next attraction, a
revival of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” which started performances there April
12. The 39 Steps movee to the Cort Theatre for
performances beginning April 29 and officially reopened May 8, according to
producer Bob Boyett.
Cort Theatre is part of the Shubert Organization. It is located at 138
West 48th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in New York City. It was built
in 1912 and seats 1082. Tickets are now available through
or by calling the box office at 212-947-8844.
The 53rd annual Drama Desk Awards
were held May 18, 2008. The 39 Steps won for Unique
Theatrical Experience and Kevin Adams won for Outstanding Lighting
the entire list of winners.
The Drama Desk was founded in 1949
to explore key issues in the theater and to bring together critics and
writers in an organization to support the ongoing development of theater
in New York. The organization began presenting its awards in 1955, and
it is the only critics organization to honor achievement in the theater
with competition between Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway
productions in the same categories.
Currently The 39 Steps is nominated for 6 Tony Awards. The
winners will be announced June 15 and televised live on CBS.
For performances at the Cort Theatre of The 39 Steps, there are
some new great ticket deals available. A limited number of seats will be
available for $39 for each performance. These will be orchestra and
mezzanine seats that normally cost $98.50. Purchase tickets for this great
deal online from
The 39 Steps
had its Broadway premiere at Roundabout Theatre Company's American
Airlines Theatre, with previews beginning January 4, 2008 and the
opening night January 15, 2008. The Broadway cast is led by
Charles Edwards who reprises the role of Richard Hannay which he played
to great acclaim in the London production. Edwards is joined by
Arnie Burton (Clown), Jennifer Ferrin (Pamela/Margaret) and Cliff
The Broadway company also includes Claire Brownell, Cameron Fulmar and
Mark Shanahan, who were not part of the Boston production.
The limited engagement will play through March 23.
The show has a long history. It was created some years
ago, as a two-man routine, by a pair of English comics, Simon Corble and
Nobby Dimon, who toured it in the north of England. The property
was then purchased by Patrick Barlow, a British comedian and actor, who
adapted it into roughly its current form. When Maria Aitken joined up as
the director, she added her own touches. "It's done with enormous
love," she said reassuringly. "We're really very respectful of the
movie; we take it seriously."
"I put in more things from the film," she said. One
notion she had fun with was salting references to other Hitchcock movies
throughout the evening. She placed a flock of birds, for example,
atop a direction sign.
The little homages aren't underlined, she said. You
either get them or you don't. She said she's found the big difference
between British and American audiences, based on the Boston run, is the
way they respond to the Hitchcock allusions. "Americans get them much
more than British audiences. They really laugh. In America, I think,
there's much more adoration of film."