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33 Variations

Closed May 24, 2009

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

Ben Brantley, New York Times

Why See 33 Variations?

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


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.

Cast and Creative


Jane Fonda as Katherine Brandt
Samantha Mathis as Clara Brandt
Colin Hanks as Mike Clark
Zach Grenier as Ludwig van Beethoven
Don Amendolia as Anton Diabelli
Susan Kellermann as Dr Gertie Ladenburger
Erik Steele as Anton Schindler
Diane Walsh as the Pianist/Musical Director


Written & Directed by: Moisés Kaufman
Choreography by Daniel Pelzig
Set Design by Derek Mclane
Costume Design by Janice Pytel
Lighting Design by David Lander
Sound Design by Andre J Pluess
Projection Design by Jeff Sugg
Hair/Wig design by Chalres Lapointe


Winner of 2009 Tony Award® for Best Scenic Design of a Play

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