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   Features  >  LATEST NEW YORK NEWS

 
THE 39 STEPS
at the Cort Theater

SIX BLOCKS EQUALS 39 STEPS
By David Lefkowitz
Published March 19 2008

  Charles Edwards

When does it take 39 Steps to go six blocks? When you're a Broadway show that has to leave your current home but is popular enough to transfer to another house.

That's what the spoofy comedy, The 39 Steps, will be doing March 29, when it closes up shop at the Roundabout's American Airlines Theater and travels to the Cort Theater, a Shubert house on West 48th Street. Patrick Barlow's pun-and-sightgag-filled take on Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 suspenser, re-starts performances April 29 for an official reopening May 8.

Charles Edwards, the single holdover from the show's hit London run, will continue to play Richard Hannay, a dapper and unflappable fellow on the run because of a murder he didn't commit. Joining him on the journey are Jennifer Ferrin, Cliff Saunders, Claire Brownell, Cameron Fulmar, Mark Shanahan and Pearl Theater veteran Arnie Burton.

While box-office grosses have not been particularly kind to the spate of non-musicals that opened this fall, the well-reviewed 39 Steps has been selling near 90 percent. However, owing to the Roundabout's season schedule, the Maria Aitken-directed comedy must fly from American Airlines because Les Liaisons Dangereuses is due to start previews there April 11. Luckily for Steps, the sparsely-attended revival of The Homecoming leaves its home at the Cort April 13.

Winner of a 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for comedy, The 39 Steps began at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and then transferred to London's Tricycle Theater before settling at its current home, The Criterion, in September 2006. The Broadway production opened Jan. 15 and, without a shadow of a doubt, continues to cause a notorious frenzy despite the occasional vertigo, stage fright and torn curtain.

 


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