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Act One

Closed June 15, 2014

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

Why See Act One?

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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Additional Information


Previews from: 20 March 2014

Opening night: 17 April 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

Cast and Creative


Santino Fontana as Moss
Tony Shalhoub as Hart
Andrea Martin as Aunt Kate, Beatrice Kaufman and Frieda Fishbein
Chuck Cooper as Wally, Charles Gilpin, Max Siegel and Langston Hughes Bill Army as Eddie and Ensemble Will Brill as Dore, George and Ensemble Laurel Casillo as Ingenue, Nymph Actress, Roz and Ensemble Steven Kaplan as Irving and Ensemble Will Le Bow as Jed Harris Mimi Lieber as Lillie, Helen and Ensemble Charlotte Maier as Phyllis and Ensemble Deborah Offner as Caroline, Mrs. Rosenbloom and Ensemble Matthew Saldivar as Basil Dean, Jerry and Ensemble Matthew Schechter as Mossy, Bernie and Ensemble Bob Stillman as Sam Harris and Ensemble Amy Warren as Mrs. Harris, May and Ensemble


Written and Directed by James Lapine
Based on the Autobiography of Moss Hart
Set design by Beowulf Boritt
Costume design by Jane Greenwood
Lighting design by Ken Billington
Sound design by Dan Moses Schreier
Original design by Louis Rosen


2014 Tony Awards

Best Scenic Design of a Play - Beowulf Borritt

Nominated for five 2014 Tony Awards:

Best Play
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play - Tony Shalhoub
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Best Costume Design of a Play
Best Sound Design of a Play

What you thought

6 reviews, average rating: (3.8 Stars)

4.0 star rating

Annie: “Sensational!”

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

Anonymous: “Thoroughly Enjoyable Throughout and a Great Cast!”

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

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