Brooklyn Academy of Music's The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window has found a home on Broadway. The Lorraine Hansberry revival will be arriving in the James Earl Jones Theatre April 25 with Golden Globe winners Oscar Isaac and Rachel Brosnahan in tow. Opening night is April 27, making the production a true last-minute addition to the 2022-2023 Broadway season and the final production to be eligible for 2023 Tony Awards. The news comes following the indefinite postponement of Room and subsequent vacancy of the James Earl Jones Theatre.
Isaac (Hamlet, Moon Knight, Scenes from a Marriage) and Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Big Knife, Othello) reprise their performances from the BAM run as Sidney and Iris Brustein, a couple living in 1960s Greenwich Village, surrounded by a progressive circle of friends. Hansberry paints a portrait of their marriage, their sometimes unrealistic ideals, and the complexities of bohemian intellectualism and activism.
Obie and Lortel winner Anne Kauffman (The Thugs, Mary Jane) continues as director of the Broadway bow.
Brosnahan last starred on Broadway in Roundabout's 2013 revival of The Big Knife as Dixie Evans, and Off-Broadway as Desdemona in Othello at New York Theatre Workshop. Isaac has appeared Off-Broadway in The Public's 2017 Hamlet, as well as Free Shakespeare in the Park productions of Romeo and Juliet and Two Gentlemen of Verona. At Manhattan Theatre Club, he starred in We Live Here and Beauty of the Father.
The complete BAM cast will join Isaac and Brosnahan for the 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. Understudies include Joey Auzenne, Katya Campbell, Gregory Connors, and Brontë England Nelson.
Seaview, Sue Wagner, and John Johnson, with Jeremy O. Harris and BAM, will produce the Broadway run.
Previews for the recent BAM production began February 4 ahead of its February 23 opening. It completed its run March 24. Read reviews here.
The production's creative team includes dramaturg Arminda Thomas, scenic designer dots, costume designer Brenda Abbandandolo, lighting designer John Torres, sound designer Bray Poor, wig designer Leah Loukas, and vocal coach Kate Wilson. Casting is by Taylor Williams.
The work originally debuted on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre where it began previews September 26, 1964. It opened October 15, 1964 and played through January 10, 1965. For her performance as Iris's sister Mavis, Alice Ghostley won the 1965 Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play. The play was last revived on Broadway in 1972. Again playing the Longacre Theatre, it played nine previews and closed after three performances.
Check out photos from the production at Brooklyn Academy of Music below.