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Lincoln Center, 150 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023

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Ended 15 Jun 2014 after 2 months

Tony Winner

Tony Winner

James Lapine's adaptation of the lifestory of Broadway playwright, Moss Hart

Closed 15 Jun 2014

Lincoln Center Theater presents Act One, a new play and adaptation by James Lapine of the autobiographical book by playwright Moss Hart. Hart penned several Broadway classics, including Merrily We Roll Along in 1934 and You Can't Take It With You in 1936, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. The show's ingenious stage design, featuring huge revolving turntables which transitions the action through locations and time periods, won Beowulf Borritt the 2014 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play.

Hart was born into a poor family in the Bronx and was introduced to the world of theatre by his aunt. Act One follows his life, from his humble origins to the collaboration with Broadway veteran George S. Kaufman on the musical that helped make him famous.

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Previews from: 20 March 2014

Opening night: 17 April 2014

Closing night: 15 June 2014


May be unsuitable for children aged nine and under. Please note that children under the age of five are not permitted in the theatre.

Run time

Approximately two hours and 45 minutes, including one intermission

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What You Say

7 reviews, average rating: (3.3 Stars)

Annie: “Sensational!”

Fantastic play! Andrea Martin & Tony Shalub are terrific! . The set & desi... more

Anonymous: “Thoroughly Enjoyable Throughout And A Great Cast!”

What a great show! Full of good laughs, a plot that rarely lost its flow, a... more

BESR: “Amazing”

What a play. Heart warming, inspiring! We all want to make it regardless i... more

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