New in 2019 A revival of Terrence McNally's bittersweet comedy that combines poignancy and laughter as it traces the unlikely romance that begins to develop between two middle-aged New Yorkers, a waitress and a short-order cook.
From the producers: In this new Broadway production of "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune," Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon, two of the most acclaimed actors of their generation, will bring the bruised dreamers of Terrence McNally’s classic romance to new life. In the play, a lonely waitress and a short order cook's first date turns into a one-night stand - maybe more.
Author Terrence McNally received the Tony Award for Best Play for "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Master Class," as well as the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "Ragtime." He is a 2018 inductee of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His other accolades include an Emmy Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, four Drama Desk Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards, and three Hull-Warriner Awards. "Frankie and Johnny" originally debuted Off Broadway at Stage II of the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1987. Later that year, the play transferred to the Westside Theatre. The play opened on Broadway in 2002 at the Belasco Theatre, receiving 2 Tony nominations. A 1991 film adaptation by McNally starred Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer.
The revival stars Tony, Grammy, and Emmy winner Audra McDonald ("Shuffle Along," "Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill") and two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon ("A Long Day’s Journey into Night," "The Shape of Water"). Obie winner Arin Arbus ("The Skin of Our Teeth") directs.