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Ended 24 May 2009 after 3 months

Its a fine line between brittle and breakable. Jane Fonda blurs that distinction to memorable effect

Ben Brantley, New York Times

Closed 24 May 2009

Jane Fonda returns to Broadway as a musicologist racing against time to unravel one of Beethoven's towering obsessions as well as her own legacy.

In 1819, fledgling publisher Anton Diabelli commissioned 50 composers to write a variation on a waltz he had created. Beethoven rejected the invitation, dismissing Diabelli's waltz as ordinary. He then obsessively created 33 variations on Diabelli's theme. Why?

Kaufman's play weaves Beethoven's artistic journey with that of Katherine, a musicologist deciphering clues left behind in Beethoven's notebooks and letters and wondering about her own obsession with genius.

Katherine's obsession takes her from present-day New York to 19th century Austria. As the music that consumes Katherine comes to life on stage, she races against time to find common ground with her daughter and to embrace the legacy of her own life.

Oscar & Emmy Award winning Jane Fonda made her Broadway debut in the 1960 play There Was a Little Girl for which she earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured actress. Her last appearance on Broadway was in the 1963 drama Strange Interlude. 33 Variations marks her return to Broadway after 46 years.

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Previews from: 9 February 2009

Opening night: 9 March 2009

Closing night: 24 May 2009


33 Variations is appropriate for children aged 9 and over. Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted into the Eugene O'Neil Theater.

Run time

2 hours and 40 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.

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3 reviews, average rating: (4.3 Stars)

B. Shaver: “Fascinating Concept”

This play will have you thinking long after you leave the theatre. Look fo... more

B. Shaver: “Fascinating Concept”

This play will have you thinking long after you leave the theatre. Look fo... more

May Cutler: “What's Wrong With 33 Variations”

This could be a really outstanding play, if the First Act could be fixed.... more

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