“HERE IS THE PLAY OF THIS YEAR AND LAST YEAR AND QUITE POSSIBLY NEXT YEAR AS WELL.”
- Evening Standard
BROADWAY CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 OLIVIER AWARD-WINNING BEST PLAY
A New Play by MATTHEW LOPEZ Directed by STEPHEN DALDRY Designed by BOB CROWLEY
JORDAN BARBOUR, JONATHAN BURKE, ANDREW BURNAP, DARRYL GENE DAUGHTRY JR., DYLAN FREDERICK, KYLE HARRIS, JOHN BENJAMIN HICKEY, PAUL HILTON, SAMUEL H. LEVINE, CARSON McCALLEY, LOIS SMITH, KYLE SOLLER, ARTURO LUÍS SORIA
August 15, 2019 – Producers Tom Kirdahy, Sonia Friedman Productions, and Hunter Arnold have announced casting for the highly anticipated Broadway production of Matthew Lopez’ epic two-part play, THE INHERITANCE. Winner of the 2019 Olivier Award, Evening Standard Award, and London Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, THE INHERITANCE is directed by multi Olivier and Tony Award-winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, Netflix’s “The Crown”) and designed by Olivier and Tony Award winner Bob Crowley.
The Broadway cast will feature Jordan Barbour, Jonathan Burke, Andrew Burnap, Darryl Gene Daughtry Jr., Dylan Frederick, Kyle Harris, John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, Carson McCalley, Lois Smith, Kyle Soller, and Arturo Luis Soria. The company will also include understudies Mark H. Dold, Kate Goehring, Sam Lilja, Jake Odmark, Matthew Russell, Bradley James Tejeda and Reggie D. White.
Andrew Burnap, John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, and Kyle Soller will reprise their roles from the acclaimed London production. Mr. Soller won the 2019 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Play.
THE INHERITANCE will begin previews at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th street) on Friday, September 27, 2019 and will officially open on Sunday, November 17, 2019.
It begins with a gathering of young, gay New Yorkers. Each has a story aching to come out…
Profoundly touching and wickedly hilarious, Matthew Lopez’ highly-anticipated two-part play, THE INHERITANCE, asks how much we owe to those who lived and loved before us, and questions the role we must play for future generations. Brilliantly re-envisioning E. M. Forster’s masterpiece Howards End to 21st-century New York, it follows the interlinking lives of three generations of gay men searching for a community of their own – and a place to call home.
THE INHERITANCE is a life-affirming journey of tears and laughter, through conflicts and connections, heartbreak and hope. A new play, generations in the making.
The creative team for THE INHERITANCE includes scenic and costume designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Jon Clark, co-sound designers Paul Arditti and Christopher Reid, and music by Paul Englishby. General Management is by RCI Theatricals. Casting by Jordan Thaler, CSA & Heidi Griffiths, CSA, Julia Horan CDG.
THE INHERITANCE had its world premiere at London’s Young Vic Theatre from March 2 through May 19, 2018. The acclaimed production transferred to the West End, where it played a limited engagement September 21, 2018 through January 19, 2019.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
JORDAN BARBOUR (Young Man 6 / Tristan). Broadway debut. NY/Off-Broadway: Julius Caesar (TFANA), Marry Me a Little (Drama League), Vertebrae (NYTW), Langston in Harlem (Urban Stages), The Deepest Play Ever (New Ohio), Harmonious Pimps of Harmony (Ars Nova). Regional: The Wiz, Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma!, The Book of Will, Twelfth Night (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), All the Way, The 12 (Denver Center), Macbeth (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Rent (Syracuse Stage), Stormy Weather (Pasadena Playhouse), Yellowman, Hair, Topdog/Underdog (Perseverance Theatre), Chimerica (Studio Theatre). Tours: Peter Brook’s The Suit, The Shipment (North America, Europe, Asia, Australia). Film/TV/Web: “The Outs,” “New York is Dead,” “Hair: Let the Sun Shine In.” Training: Juilliard; BA, Columbia University.
JONATHAN BURKE (Young Man 5 / Agent). Broadway: Choir Boy, Tuck Everlasting. Off-Broadway: Toni Stone (Roundabout); Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (The Public Theater); Langston in Harlem (Urban Stages). Tours: Mary Poppins; A Christmas Story; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Cats. Regional: Choir Boy (Studio Theatre); Head of Passes (Berkeley Rep); Amazing Grace (Goodspeed Musicals); Mary Poppins (Syracuse Stage, SALT Award); Meet Me In St. Louis (The Muny); Rent (Hangar Theatre); Hairspray (MGR Playhouse); Born For This (The Broad Stage). TV: “New Amsterdam” (NBC). BFA, Ithaca College. Instagram/Twitter: @jondbeee
ANDREW BURNAP (Young Man 10 / Toby Darling). Originated the role of Toby Darling in The Inheritanceat The Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End and London’s Young Vic. Film work includes: Spare Room opposite Skyler Samuels and The Chaperone, for director Michael Engler, opposite Haley Lu Richardson and Elizabeth McGovern. Andrew was seen onstage at The Geffen Playhouse’s West Coast premiere of Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride in the titular role for director Mike Donahue. Prior to that he was seen on the New York stage in Nicky Silver’s This Day Forward, for director Mark Brokaw, at the Vineyard Theatre and in the title role of "Troilus" in the Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park production of Troilus & Cressida for director Daniel Sullivan. Andrew is a graduate of University of Rhode Island and Yale School of Drama.
DARRYL GENE DAUGHTRY JR (Young Man #2 / Jason #1) hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a M.F.A. graduate of the Juilliard Drama Program's group 48. Darryl (or DJ) was recently seen onstage at Shakespeare in the Park in Coriolanus. Prior to Juilliard, DJ spent his undergraduate years at Temple University, earning a B.A. in Theater Studies. Beyond acting Darryl dabbles in both fashion and music production. He is one of the founding members and producers of HomeBase, a collective of 50 black artists from NYU and Juilliard, dedicated to artistic creation, mentorship, and training of young artists. He also spent two summers in Botswana, teaching acting and directing, to both students and the surrounding community.
DYLAN FREDERICK (Young Man 4 / Young Walter). Broadway debut. NYC: Summer Valley Fair (New York Musical Festival), Boy Gets Violent (Ars Nova ANT Fest). Regional: Assassins (Yale Repertory Theatre). Education: Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists; BFA, University of Evansville; MFA, Yale School of Drama.
KYLE HARRIS (Young Man 7 / Jasper). Broadway/National Tour: Sondheim on Sondheim, West Side Story (Tony). Regional: Little Dancer (Kennedy Center), Marie: Dancing Still (5th Avenue Theatre), A Room with a View (The Old Globe), The Rainmaker (The Old Globe). Television: “Stitchers” (Freeform), “God Friended Me” (CBS), “High Maintenance” (HBO), “The Carrie Diaries” (CW), “The Blacklist” “Redemption” (NBC), “Beauty and The Beast” (CW).
JOHN BENJAMIN HICKEY (Henry Wilcox). Originated the role of Henry Wilcox in The Inheritance at The Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End and London’s Young Vic. Broadway: Six Degrees of Separation, The Normal Heart (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award), Mary Stuart, The Crucible, Cabaret, Love! Valour! Compassion! Off-Broadway: Dada Woof Papa Hot, God’s Heart, The Substance of Fire (Lincoln Center), L!V!C! (Obie Award), Blue Window (MTC), The End of the Day (Playwrights Horizons), The Autumn Garden (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Film: Sublet (forthcoming), Mapplethorpe, Tallulah, Truth, Pitch Perfect, The Anniversary Party, Infamous, Freedom Writers, Flags of Our Fathers, The Taking of Pelham 123, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. Television: "Jessica Jones," “The Good Fight,” “Manhattan,” “The Good Wife,” “The Big C” (Emmy nomination), “Modern Family,” “Hannibal,” “The New Normal,” “Sex and the City,” “Law and Order.” Juilliard School Graduate.
PAUL HILTON (Morgan / Walter) most recently appeared in Vienna 1934 – Munich 1938 at Theatre Royal Bath, directed by Vanessa Redgrave. He originated the role of Morgan/Walter in The Inheritance at The Noel Coward Theater in London’s West End and London’s Young Vic. Recent television includes Stephen Frears’ “A Very English Scandal” and “The Crown.” Film work includes the upcoming Craig Roberts’ film Eternal Beauty, Will Oldroyd's Lady Macbeth, London Road, and Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights. Other recent theatre work includes Lucy Kirkwood’s Mosquitoes at the National Theatre Dorfman, the title role in Sally Cookson’s Peter Pan (National Theatre Olivier) and Anatomy of a Suicide (Royal Court).
SAMUEL H. LEVINE (Young Man 1 / Adam / Leo). Originated the role of Adam/Leo in The Inheritance at The Noel Coward Theater in London’s West End and London’s Young Vic. Other theater includes Kill Floor at LTC3 for director Lila Neugebauer. In film he recently filmed the feature A Soldier’s Story opposite Jennifer Lawrence. Earlier this year he shot the lead in Eric Steel’s independent feature Minyan. On television he has been seen in CBS’s “Instinct”, “Bull” and “Elementary”.
CARSON MCCALLEY (Young Man 3 / Young Henry) is making his Broadway debut in The Inheritance after graduating from Carnegie Mellon in 2018. Regional: The Odyssey (Old Globe), Hamlet (Santa Cruz Shakespeare), This Ain’t No Disco (NY Stage and Film.) Film: Human Capital (premiering 2020) TV: “Outsiders” (WGN), “Alternatino” (Comedy Central). Education: Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, & The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Carson is an avid Dungeons & Dragons player, a dancer with The Dance Cartel, and is passionate about flipping the Senate in 2020. Hold on tightly, let go lightly. @carsonmcalley
LOIS SMITH (Margaret) appeared last season onstage in NYC in I Was Most Alive with You at Playwrights Horizons, in Peace for Mary Frances at New Group, and in the films Ladybird and Marjorie Prime, which was adapted from the play she performed at Playwrights Horizons. Some earlier favorite NYC plays include The Young and Beautiful (long ago), The Grapes of Wrath, Buried Child, The Trip to Bountiful (at Signature Theater). Awards include two Obie Awards, two Tony nominations, NY Critics, Drama Desk, Lucile Lortel, Outer Critics. Later this year she will appear in two films: Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch and Alan Ball’s Uncle Frank.
KYLE SOLLER (Young Man 9 / Eric Glass) received the 2019 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Play and the Critic’s Circle Award for his work in The Inheritance on the West End. Selected Theatre Credits include: The Inheritance, The Government Inspector, The Glass Menagerie (Young Vic), Hedda Gabler, Edward II (National), Cyrano de Bergerac (American Airlines Theatre), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Apollo; Olivier Nomination for Best Supporting Actor), The Faith Machine (Royal Court). Selected Film and Television credits include: “Brexit,” “American Odyssey,” “An Inspector Calls,” “Silent Witness,” “You, Me and the Apocalypse,” “Poldark,” “The Hollow Crown,” and “Bad Education,” The Secret of Marrowbone, The Keeping Room and Anna Karenina. Kyle received the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer at the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Awards
ARTURO LUÍS SORIA (Young Man 8 / Jason #2) is a recent graduate from the acting program at Yale School of Drama where, in addition to performing, he also produced two of his own plays at the Yale Cabaret. His solo show Ni Mi Madre has been featured at festivals in Chicago, a one-night only event at Barrow Street Theater, Yale Cabaret, and the inaugural year of Ken Davenport's Rave Theater Festival. In 2015, it received the Luso-American Scholarship at the DisQuiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Hilton Als of The New Yorker likened Arturo to “a young Al Pacino” for his portrayal of the fast-talking-sassy- Puerto-Rican-snap-queen, Tano, in the World Premiere of Hit the Wall by Ike Holter at Steppenwolf and then off-Broadway at Barrow Street Theatre. Arturo can also be seen recurring on Season 2 of the Netflix series “Insatiable”. He received his BFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. www.arturoluissoria.com
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
MATTHEW LOPEZ (Playwright) is the author of The Whipping Man (Manhattan Theatre Club) and The Legend of Georgia McBride (MCC Theatre), productions that received Obie, Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Other plays include Somewhere and Reverberation (Hartford Stage), The Sentinels (Headlong Theatre, London), and Zoey’s Perfect Wedding (Denver Center). The Inheritance premiered last spring at London’s Young Vic Theatre before transferring to the West End. Lopez won the Olivier Award, Evening Standard Award, London Critics Circle Theatre Award, WhatsOnStage Award, and the South Bank Sky Arts Award for The Inheritance.
STEPHEN DALDRY (Director) started his career at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre and directed extensively in Britain’s regional theatres. In London he was Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre where he headed the £26million redevelopment. He has also directed at the National Theatre, the Public Theatre in New York and transferred many productions both to Broadway and the West End. His award-winning 1992 National Theatre production of An Inspector Calls is currently touring the UK. Billy Elliot the Musical has previously played in the West End, on Broadway, Australia (Sydney and Melbourne), North America, Toronto, The Netherlands, UK & Ireland Tours, Hamburg, Tokyo and Seoul. In 2009, the production won ten Tony Awards including Best Musical, more than any other British show in Broadway history. His first four films Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close together received 19 Academy Award® nominations and two wins. His most recent film, Trash, set in the favellas of Rio de Janeiro, was nominated for Best Film not in the English Language at the 2015 BAFTAs. Stephen’s recent productions of The Audience and Skylight were both highly acclaimed and went on to win major theatre awards, completing sell-out runs in London and on Broadway. In 2017 Stephen directed The Jungle at the Young Vic, an intimate immersive theatrical experience about the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe. The Jungle transferred to the West End in June 2018 and has just completed a well-received run at The Curran Theatre in San Francisco. In March 2018 Stephen directed The Inheritance, Matthew Lopez’s epic two-part play, which, following its sold out run at the Young Vic, transferred to the West End. Stephen won the 2019 Best Director Olivier Award for The Inheritance. Stephen has previously directed for BBC Radio and Television and is currently Director and Executive Producer on the Netflix series, The Crown, written by Peter Morgan, the third season of which is due to be released later in 2019. He is Director of the Pier 55 Performance Park in New York and was Creative Executive Producer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
BOB CROWLEY (Scenic and Costume Design). Recent productions: Alys Always, My Name is Lucy Barton and Allelujah! (Bridge Theatre), The Moderate Soprano (West End), The Inheritance (Young Vic and West End), An American in Paris (Broadway, London and Paris – Tony Award, Olivier Award), Skylight (London and Broadway), Aladdin (Disney – Toronto & Broadway), The Glass Menagerie (American Rep Theatre, USA & Broadway), The Audience (London and Broadway), Once (London, Broadway & US Tour - Tony Award), People (National Theatre), The Dark Earth & Light Sky (Almeida). He has designed numerous productions for the National Theatre, including: Pinocchio, Travelling Light, Collaborators, King James Bible, Juno & the Paycock (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), The Habit of Art, The Power of Yes, Phèdre, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Gethsemane, and Fram (which he also co-directed with Tony Harrison), The History Boys (Broadway - Tony Award), His Girl Friday and Mourning Becomes Electra, plus more than twenty-five productions for the RSC, including: Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Plantagenets (Olivier Award). For the Donmar Warehouse: Into the Woods and Orpheus Descending. Other theatre credits include: Mary Poppins (West End and UK Tour and Broadway – Tony Award), Disney’s Aida (Broadway – Tony Award), Disney’s Tarzan which he also directed (Broadway, Germany & The Netherlands), and The Year of Magical Thinking (Broadway and NT), The Coast of Utopia (New York – Tony Award), Carousel (New York – Tony Award), The Seagull (Public Theatre New York), Paul Simon’s The Capeman, The Sweet Smell Of Success. Opera & Dance includes: Strapless, The Winter’s Tale, Pavane, Anastasia, La Traviata (Royal Opera House), Alice in Wonderland (Royal Opera House and Canadian Ballet), Don Carlos (MET, NY), The Cunning Little Vixen (Châtelet). Film includes: Othello, Tales of Hollywood starring Jeremy Irons and Alec Guinness, Suddenly Last Summer directed by Richard Eyre and starring Maggie Smith for the BBC, plus Costume Design for the film of The Crucible starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder. He is the recipient of the Royal Designer for Industry Award and Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design at the TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards in New York.