Following the last opening night of this Broadway season, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window's cast, creatives, and more celebrated the evening with a party. The second Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's play opened at the James Earl Jones Theatre April 27 following the beginning of previews April 25.
Oscar Isaac and Rachel Brosnahan lead the cast as Sidney Brustein and Iris Parodus Brustein, a couple with a passionate and sometimes tense marriage living among the artists, politicians, and activists in New York City's 1960s West Village. The play explores what it means to be engaged with the world all the time. Hansberry also delivers a portrait of the complexities and pitfalls of predominantly white bohemian intellectualism.
The complete company from the BAM run has stayed with the production for its Broadway bow, including Gus Birney as Gloria Parodus, Julian De Niro as Alton Scales, Glenn Fitzgerald as David Ragin, Andy Grotelueschen as Wally O'Hara, Miriam Silverman as Mavis Parodus Bryson, and Raphael Nash Thompson as Max. Rounding out the company as understudies are Gregory Connors, Brontë England-Nelson, Joey Auzenne, and Katya Campbell.
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Obie and Lortel winner Anne Kauffman (The Thugs, Mary Jane) directs the seldom-seen work after staging a 2016 production at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. Kauffman's Broadway creative team includes scenic designer dots, costume designer Brenda Abbandandolo, lighting designer John Torres, sound designer Bray Poor, hair and wig designer Leah Loukas, and movement director Sonya Tayeh. Ralph Stan Lee is production stage manager, and casting is by Taylor Williams. Arminda Thomas serves as dramaturg.
Kauffman, Brosnahan, and Isaac all believe that the play resonates strongly with conversations happening today. Even more than that for Kauffman, “It feels comforting in a way. On the one hand, it's sad that some of the issues in the play still haven't been resolved. But there's also some kind of comfort in knowing that our community has, over generations, struggled with similar things.” Find out what more the three had to say about reviving The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window on Broadway.
Lorraine Hansberry died just three months after The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window began its debut on Broadway in 1964. But even in her last days, she was revising the script from her sick bed based on notes brought over from the theatre. The work, in some ways, can be considered unfinished—Hansberry faced so many challenges in its final stages. That’s one of the reasons it’s not as well-known as her A Raisin in the Sun. BAM's production was its first major New York revival—a 1972 Broadway return ran for just 5 performances.
The Broadway bow is produced by Seaview, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, Jeremy O. Harris, Joi Gresham, and Brooklyn Academy of Music, with Phil Kenny, Audible, Sony Music Masterworks, Jillian Robbins, Larry Hirschhorn and Ricardo Hornos, Shields Smedes Stern Ltd., Kevin Ryan, The Shubert Organization, Willette and Manny Klausner, Marco Santarelli, Be Forward Productions, Concord Theatricals, Creative Partners Productions, Invisible Wall Productions, Salman and Moudhy Al-Rashid, TodayTix Group, Ido Gal, HarrisDonnelly, Sally Cade Holmes, Stella LaRue, LAMF Protozoa, Kati Meister and John Sorkin, Meredith Lynsey Schade, Catherine Schreiber, Dennis Trunfio, 42nd.club, BAMM Production,s CarterMackTaylorWillman, HB2M Productions, HK-Undivided Productions, MAJIKK Theatricals, Tanker Kollev Productions, Douglas Denoff, OHenry Productions, Plate Spinner Productions, Runyonland Productions, Mad Gene Media, and Scrap Paper Pictures serving as co-producers.