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Kristine Nielsen Announced to Join YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU Cast, Jason Robert Brown to Write Music






Producers of the upcoming Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama You Can’t Take It With You announce that Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen (Vonya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) joins previously announced Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle winner James Earl Jones (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Fences, The Great White Hope) as Penelope Sycamore in the cast. Further casting will be announced soon.  

Producers are also thrilled to announce that Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown and this season’s two-time Tony Award Nominee for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations for The Bridges of Madison County, will write original music for the production. This season, Brown has already won two Drama Desk Awards and an Outer Critics Circle Award for The Bridges of Madison County.

Audience Rewards Members will be able to purchase tickets in advance of the general public by visiting from Wednesday, June 4, 2014, through Tuesday, June 10, 2014.  Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Wednesday, June 11, 2014, and will be available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting

You Can’t Take It With You will begin previews on August 26, 2014, at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street), with an opening night set for September 28, 2014. The production will be directed by six-time Tony Award-nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Scott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Twelve Angry Men, 1776).

You Can’t Take It With You will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Dominion Pictures, Gutterman Chernoff, Terry Schnuck, Caiola Productions, Gabrielle Palitz, R&D Theatricals, SunnySpot Productions, Jessica Genick and Will Trice, in association with Roundabout Theatre Company.

Family can do crazy things to people.  And the Sycamore family is a little crazy to begin with.   James Earl Jones heads the wackiest household to ever hit Broadway in Kaufman and Hart’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic You Can’t Take It With You.  He plays wily Grandpa Vanderhof, leader of a happily eccentric gang of snake collectors, cunning revolutionaries, ballet dancers and skyrocket makers. But when the youngest daughter brings her fiancé and his buttoned-up parents over for dinner, that’s when the real fireworks start to fly.

The original production of the play opened at the Booth Theater on December 14, 1936, and played for 837 performances. The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


JASON ROBERT BROWN has composed music and lyrics for The Bridges of Madison County (Tony nominee, Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Award), Songs for a New WorldParade (Tony Award, Original Score), The Last Five Years (Drama Desk Awards, Music and Lyrics), and 13. As a pianist and singer, Jason has toured the world with his band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, and his solo album Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes was on’s 100 Best list. Mr. Brown conducted the National Symphony in his orchestral piece The Trumpet of the Swan (written with Marsha Norman). In 2014, his next musical, Honeymoon In Vegas, will open on Broadway, and a film of The Last Five Years will arrive in theaters. Jason has taught musical theatre performance and composition at USC and is an Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University.  He directed 13 in the West End and the 2013 production of The Last Five Years Off-Broadway at Second Stage. Jason lives in New York with his wife, composer Georgia Stitt, and their two

KRISTINE NIELSEN. Broadway: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Nomination), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, To Be or Not to Be, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Spring Awakening, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Green Bird, Jackie, The Iceman Cometh. With Christopher Durang: Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them (Drama League, Outer Critics Circle noms.); Miss Witherspoon; Betty's Summer Vacation (Obie, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle noms.); Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge. Off-Broadway: The Killer, Crazy Mary, Our Leading Lady, Dog Opera (Obie Award). Has appeared at many regional theaters including the Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse and the Taper. Film: Morning Glory, That's What She Said, The Savages, Adelaide, Small Time Crooks. Television: "Political Animals," "Smash," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: CI," "Third Watch," NBC’s live broadcast of “The Sound of Music.” Education: M.F.A., Yale School of Drama; B.S., Northwestern.

JAMES EARL JONES made his Broadway debut in 1957 and has won Tony Awards for the Broadway productions of The Great White Hope and Fences; Tony nominations for Gore Vidal’s The Best Man and On Golden Pond; Drama Desk Awards for Othello, Les Blancs, Hamlet, The Cherry Orchard and Fences; Obie Awards for Clandestine on the Morning Line, The Apple, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, and Baal; a Theatre World Award for Moon on a Rainbow Shawl; the Los Angeles Critics Circle Award for Fences; and an Olivier Award nomination for his portrayal of Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in London. Additional theater credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway, Paul RobesonThe Iceman Cometh, Of Mice and Men, and most recently Broadway, London, and Australian productions of Driving Miss Daisy. Jones is also an award-winning film and television actor and was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Oscar.

SCOTT ELLIS (Director). Broadway: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Tony nom.), Harvey, Curtains (Tony nom.), The Little Dog Laughed (Drama League nom.), Twelve Angry Men (Tony, DD noms., OCC, DD awards, Best Revival), The Man Who Had All the LuckThe Boys From SyracuseThe Rainmaker1776 (DD, Tony nom., Best Director), She Loves Me (Tony nom.; DD, OCC awards), Picnic (OCC nom.),CompanyA Month in the CountrySteel Pier (Tony nom.; DD, OCC awards). London: She Loves Me (Olivier Award). Off-Broadway: Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Understudy, StreamersGood Boys and TrueEntertaining Mr. SloaneThe Waverly GalleryThe Dog ProblemThat Championship SeasonDark RaptureAnd the World Goes ’Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb (DD, OCC awards); and Flora, the Red Menace (DD nom). NYC Opera: 110 in the ShadeA Little Night Music (also L.A. Opera). TV: “Weeds” (Executive Producer), “30 Rock” (Emmy nom., Best Director), “Modern Family,” “Two Broke Girls,” “Frasier,” “The Good Wife,” “Hung,” “The Closer.” Mr. Ellis is the Associate Artistic Director of Roundabout Theatre Company.

KAUFMAN & HART.  The Kaufman and Hart collaboration lasted from 1930 to 1940. The first play they collaborated on was Once in a Lifetime, one of the greatest success of its time.   Over the next ten years they wrote seven other shows together: Merrily We Roll Along (1934), You Can’t Take It with You (1936), I’d Rather Be Right (1937), The Fabulous Invalid (1938), The American Way (1939), The Man Who Came to Dinner (1939), and George Washington Slept Here (1940).

Solo, Hart wrote Lady in the Dark, Winged Victory, Christopher Blake, Light Up the Sky, and The Climate of Eden. In addition, he wrote many screenplays that were produced in Hollywood, including the 1954 version of A Star Is Born. His most notable screenplay was Gentleman’s Agreement which won an Academy Award.  Before and after working with Hart, Kaufman wrote such hits as The Butter and Egg Man, The Coconuts, and Strike Up the Band (all as a solo playwright); The Royal Family and Dinner at Eight(with Edna Ferber);The Dark Tower(with Alexander Woollcott); Animal Crackers (with Morris Ryskind);Park Avenue (with Nunnally Johnson); and The Solid Gold Cadillac(with Howard Teichman).



Andrew C. McGibbon



Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, The site was subsequently bought by, and became He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House. His photography work can be previewed at

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

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