Broadway's 'Vanya' extends again after Tony win

June 10, 2013 at 10:15 PM
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NEW YORK, June 10 (UPI) -- Christopher Durang's new Broadway comedy, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," has been extended a second time after winning the Tony Award for Best Play.

Producers Joey Parnes and Larry Hirschhorn announced Monday the play's premiere Broadway engagement at the Golden Theatre will now end its run Aug. 25. It was originally scheduled to wrap up June 30.

Directed by Nicholas Martin, the production stars Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Billy Magnussen, Shalita Grant, and Genevieve Angelson.

Weaver will play her final performance July 28. Tony Award-winner Julie White will assume the role of Masha beginning July 30.

"Riffing on some of Anton Chekov's most time-tested themes, Christopher Durang proves in his hysterically funny and surprisingly affecting new romp, 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,' that whether you're in 19th century Russia or 21st century Pennsylvania, the human condition never changes," a synopsis said.

"Vanya and Sonia have never left the confines of their childhood home -- a rambling farmhouse in Bucks County, Pa., -- while having to witness the glamorous exploits of their sister, Masha, a famous movie actress, from afar. A surprise visit from Masha and her 20-something boy toy, Spike, throws the normally quiet household into utter upheaval as its residents and visitors get swept up in an intoxicating mixture of lust, rivalry, regret, and the sudden possibility of escape."

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