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You Can't Take It With You

Closed February 22, 2015

A lot of shows can make you laugh. What's rare is a play that makes you beam from curtain to curtain.

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Why See You Can't Take It With You?

James Earl Jones stars in this critics' pick play!

Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winner James Earl Jones returns to the Broadyway - the showbiz sphere he started out in over fifty years ago - in this touching, comedic play by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. "You Can't Take It With You" follows two families whose lives are thrown together when their children become engaged. It is directed by six-time Tony nominee Scott Ellis, and also stars Annaleigh Ashford, in a Tony-winning performance.

The play follows a familiar storyline: boys meets girls and they fall in love. Throw one unconventional family and another unhappy family into the mix however, and our familiar storyline gets thrown way course and out into the unchartered waters of what happens when the bride and groom get along just fine, but both pairs of in-laws are much less enamoured with each other.

What is You Can't Take It With You about?

Tony Kirby and Alice Sycamore, newly engaged, decide to invite Tony's parents to dine at Alice's family home. The Sycamore's can't seem to see what he sees in Alice and her mad-cap family, including her eccentric Grandfather, her mother (who writes erotic plays) and her father (who manufacturers fireworks... in their basement).

Though Tony and Alice are very much in love, the differences between their two families make Alice wonder if a marriage would ever work. Will love trump family loyalty, can both families learn a little something from each other?

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Additional Information


Previews from: 26 August 2014

Opening night: 28 September 2014


Suitable for audiences of all ages

Run time

Two hours and 15 minutes including one intermission

Cast and Creative


James Earl Jones

Anna Chlumsky

Kristine Nielsen

Annaleigh Ashford

Johanna Day

Julie Halston

Byron Jennings

Fran Kranz

Richard Thomas

Reg Rogers

Elizabeth Ashley


Directed by Scott Ellis

Written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman


2015 Tony Award Wins

Best Performance by An Actress in a Featured Role in a Play - Annaleigh Ashford

2015 Tony Award Nominations

Best Revival of a Play
Best Performance by An Actress in a Featured Role in a Play - Annaleigh Ashford
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Best Costume Design of a Play
Best Direction of a Play - Scott Ellis

What you thought

1 reviews, average rating: (5.0 Stars)

5.0 star rating

Anonymous: “Fireworks and comedy”

Fantastic classic comedy of crazy characters and kooky plot leave you rolling... more

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