Starcatcher’s Alex Timbers Will Direct Roundabout Revival of ‘The Philadelphia Story’

The Roundabout Theatre Company will produce a revival of Phillip Barry’s The Philadelphia Story, directed by two-time Tony nominee Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher, The Pee-wee Herman Show), at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway in the fall of 2013. Exact dates and casting will be announced at a later date.

Tickets will go on sale in the summer of 2013.

Creative Bios

Alex Timbers

Alex Timbers returns to Roundabout following his Roundabout Underground debut with The Language of Treesin 2008. He’s the recipient of Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as two OBIE Awards. Timbers’ Broadway credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (co-director, OBIE Award for Best Director, Tony nomination for Best Director), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (also book writer; Drama Desk Award for Best Book, Lortel and OCC Awards for Best Musical, Tony nomination for Best Book), and The Pee-wee Herman Show. Off-Broadway, he directed A Very Merry Unauthorized Pageant (OBIE Award, Garland Award for Best Director), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Drama Desk nomination for Best Director of a Musical), Hell House (Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience). This spring, he will direct David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s immersive club-music show Here Lies Love at The Public Theater. He is the director of Rocky the Musical, now getting its world premiere in Hamburg.

Phillip Barry is an American playwright whose plays include You and I (1923), Paris Bound (1927), Holiday (1928), Tomorrow and Tomorrow (1931), The Animal Kingdom (1932), Hotel Universe (1940), Without Love(1942) and more. Barry died in New York City in 1949 at the age of 53.

The Philadelphia Story Production History

The Philadelphia Story is a witty comedy of romance and manners set in Philadelphia high society during the late 1930s. The play was last seen on Broadway in 1981 starring Blythe Danner, Frank Converse and Edward Herrmann. The Philadelphia Story premiered on Broadway in 1939 starring Katharine Hepburn and following its successful run, was made into the well-known, and Academy Award-nominated, 1940 film also starring Hepburn, with Cary Grant and James Stewart. It was also adapted into the movie musical High Society starring Grace Kelly.

The Philadelphia Story Performance Schedule

The Philadelphia Story will begin previews at the American Airlines Theatre (227 W. 42nd St. between Broadway and 8th) on Broadway beginning in the summer of 2013.

All further information will be announced at a later date.


A dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters use their enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to tell the magical origin story of how a miserable orphan came to be The Boy Who Never Grew Up, Peter Pan.




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