Prayer for the French Republic Gets Final Broadway Extension Into March | Playbill

Broadway News Prayer for the French Republic Gets Final Broadway Extension Into March

The Joshua Harmon play opened January 9 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre via Manhattan Theatre Club.

Molly Ranson, Francis Benhamou, Nael Nacer, Aria Shahghasemi, Betsy Aidem, and Anthony Edwards Jeremy Daniel

Manhattan Theatre Club's Prayer for the French Republic has gotten a second and final extension, and will now stay at Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre through March 3. Read reviews for the production here.

The drama opened January 9 after beginning previews December 19, 2023, and was previously scheduled to complete its run February 18. Penned by Joshua Harmon, the play comes to Broadway following a 2022 Off-Broadway world premiere also via Manhattan Theatre Club. David Cromer directed the world premiere and reprised his work for the Broadway bow.

The cast features Betsy Aidem as Marcelle Salomon Benhamou, Nael Nacer as Charles Benhamou, Francis Benhamou as Elodie Benhamou, Aria Shahghasemi as Daniel Benhamou, Anthony Edwards as Patrick Salomon, Molly Ranson as Molly, Richard Masur as Pierre Salomon, Nancy Robinette as Irma Salomon, Daniel Oreskes as Adolphe Salomon, Ari Brand as Lucien Salomon, and Ethan Haberfield as Young Pierre Salomon. Aidem, Benhamou, Brand, Ranson, and Robinette are all reprising their performances from the work's 2022 Off-Broadway world premiere.

Rounding out the company are understudies Joshua Chessin-Yudin, Lauriel Friedman, Zachary Lindberg, Dale Place, Stephen Schnetzer, and Lori Wilner.

The play begins in 1944 with a Jewish couple awaiting news of their missing family, and follows five generations of a French Jewish family in its examination of history, home, and the effects of an ancient hatred. The Off-Broadway run won the 2022 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Off-Broadway Play.

Cromer has reassembled his Off-Broadway creative team, including scenic designer Takeshi Kata, costume designer Sarah Laux, lighting designer Amith Chandrashaker, composer and sound designer Daniel Kluger (taking the reigns solo after co-sound designing the Off-Broadway run with Lee Kinney), and hair and makeup designer J. Jared Janas. Gigi Buffington is vocal coach, and casting is by Caparelliotis Casting's Kelly Gillespie. Richard A. Hodge is production stage manager.


Photos: Production Images of Prayer for the French Republic

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