Sean Hayes Returning to Broadway in GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR

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Sean Hayes in Good Night, Oscar | Photo: Liz Lauren

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Dan Meyer
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September 19, 2022 9:49 AM
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He’s back! Emmy winner and Tony nominee Sean Hayes will return to Broadway in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright’s new play Good Night, Oscar. Previews will begin April 7, 2023, at the Belasco Theatre, with an opening set for April 24.

Hayes stars as ‘50s Hollywood icon Oscar Levant, one of the first television celebrities, who frequented the late-night talk show circuit. His quick wit and subversive behavior led to lots of laughs—and consternation.

“Though he's somewhat forgotten by today's audiences, Oscar Levant was a startling phenomenon in his own time; following a stellar concert and movie career, he became a celebrated pundit, holding forth on the chat shows of the 1950’s,” said Wright. “A brilliant, often searing raconteur, he was the first celebrity to offer up his personal demons for the sake of entertainment. Time and again, Oscar challenged our notions about the acceptable boundaries of comedy and, in doing so, revealed the psychic costs of offering up one's life for public consumption. In an age where every TikTok user and internet influencer is striving for celebrity, Oscar’s story is ripe for re-examination.”

The play follows Oscar as he tapes an episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jack Parr. The cast will also feature Emily Bergl (The Ferryman) as June Levant; Peter Grosz (Veep) as the network executive Bob Sarnoff; Ben Rappaport (Fiddler on the Roof) as TV host Jack Paar; and John Zdrojeski (Heroes of the Fourth Turning) as George Gershwin, with additional casting to be announced.

Lisa Peterson directs the play following its out-of-town world premiere at Goodman Theatre in Chicago earlier this year. The creative team for Good Night, Oscar includes set designer Rachel Hauck, costume designer Emilio Sosa, lighting designers Ben Stanton and Carolina Ortiz Herrera, sound designer Andre Pluess, music supervisor Chris Fenwick, dramaturg Jacqueline E. Lawton, and wig, hair, and makeup designer J. Jared Janas. Casting is by Stephen Kopel, Lauren Port, and Rachael Jimenez.

The play received seven Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for Best New Work and Best Large Play, Best Principal Actor, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Set Designer, and Best Sound Designer.  Winners will be announced on October 17.

Good Night, Oscar is produced on Broadway by Beth Williams and Mindy Rich of Grove Entertainment, Barbara Whitman, Hazy Mills Productions, Yonge Street Theatricals ,and Frank Marshall.

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Dan Meyer

Dan joins Theatrely after previously serving as an Assistant Editor at Playbill. His favorite musicals are fast, historical, and witty, like Six, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. He likes his plays dark and funny.

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