The 2022 Tony Award-winning revival of Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out will play a return engagement on Broadway with Tony winner Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Tony nominee Jesse Williams reprising their performances. Additional casting is to be announced. The 14-week limited run will begin October 27 at the Schoenfeld Theatre.
Helmed by Scott Ellis, the Second Stage Theater production was nominated for four 2022 Tony Awards, ultimately winning Best Revival of a Play and Featured Actor in a Play for Ferguson. The initial run began March 10 at Second Stage's Hayes Theater, officially opening April 4 and running through June 11. Read reviews here.
Ellis will reunite his entire creative team, including scenic designer David Rockwell, costume designer Linda Cho, lighting designer Kenneth Posner, and sound designer Bray Poor. Casting is by Jim Carnahan. The encore run is produced by Barry and Fran Weissler.
"Second Stage’s Tony Award-winning production was one of the most buzzed-about plays of the spring season, and its limited run was too brief to capture the interest and demand for tickets," says Barry Weissler in a statement. "Fran and I are so honored to serve as pinch-hitters and take the show into extra innings. We were blown away when we saw it at the Hayes earlier this year under Scott Ellis’ brilliant direction. After being big fans when the play premiered back in 2004, we were struck by how relevant and timely it continues to be. Richard Greenberg brilliantly uses the lens of America’s favorite pastime to expose and explore the prejudices that divide us, but he strikes the perfect balance, managing to entertain as well as enlighten. In short, to borrow a line from the show, Fran and I 'have come to understand that baseball is a perfect metaphor for hope in a democratic society!'"
Williams stars as baseball star Darren Lemming, center fielder for the Empires, who comes out of the closet, revealing a tradition of long-held unspoken prejudices off the field. As the Empires struggle to rally toward a championship season, the players and their fans begin to question the old ways, their loyalties, and the price of victory.
The production, which features full-frontal male nudity, will continue requiring the use of Yondr pouches, into which audience members' phones are placed and locked for the duration of the performance, all while still in guests' own possession. The pouches are then unlocked and collected by staff at the end of the show. Yondr pouches have been utilized on Broadway previously during the original run of Freestyle Love Supreme. For more information, visit OverYondr.com.
Take Me Out premiered on Broadway in 2003, winning the Best Play Tony Award. Ellis' production is the play's first Broadway revival.
Tickets for the production will be available to AMEX cardholders beginning August 19 at 10 AM ET, with an Audience Rewards presale following August 24 at 10 AM ET. General sales begin August 26 at 10 AM ET. Visit TakeMeOutBway.com for more information.