It has been confirmed that James Earl Jones will return to Broadway in a revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s You Can’t Take it With You. Jones will take on the role of the grandfather in the production which is set to begin previews in August, with an opening date set for September 28.
Jones is a Tony Award winner for his work in Fences and The Great White Hope. He has also had nomination for his roles in On Golden Pond and The Best Man. Other Broadway credits for the star include Othello, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Of Mice and Men, and The Iceman Cometh. Additionally, Jones has had many film roles which include Field of Dreams, Clear and Present Danger, and The Man.
You Can’t Take it With You tells the story of the Sycamore family and the drama that ensues when their daughter’s fiancé and his conservative parents come to dinner on the wrong night, challenging their freethinking views.Scott Ellis will direct the Pulitzer Prize winning comedy at a Shubert Theater which will be named at a later date.
The production debuted at the Booth Theatre in 1936 and was most recently revived on Broadway in 1983. That revival starred Jason Robards as the grandfather alongside Colleen Dewhurst, Elizabeth Wilson, and Maureen Anderman. A 2010 revival of the show was planned but fell through.