"Children of a Lesser God" heading from Stockbridge to New York

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NEW YORK — Mark Medoff's "Children of a Lesser God" is returning to Broadway this spring for the first time since its 1980 Tony Award-winning premiere production.

Starring Joshua Jackson and introducing Lauren Ridloff in their Broadway debuts and directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon, "Children of a Lesser God" will begin performances at Studio 54 (254 W. 54th Street) March 22. Opening night is set for April 11.

Additional casting will be announced soon.

Leon first directed this production of "Children of a Lesser God" earlier this summer at Berkshire Theater Group's Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge.

The1980 original Broadway production earned a Tony Award for Medoff (Best Play), as well as for the two leads: John Rubinstein and Phyllis Frelich. Its London transfer went on to win the Olivier Award for Best New Play. The 1986 film adaptation starring William Hurt and Marlee Matlin earned Matlin the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Frelich and Matlin remain, to this day, the only deaf actresses to have ever won the Tony and Academy Awards for leading roles, respectively.

"Despite having more modes of communication at our collective fingertips than ever before, true connection has never seemed so elusive," this production's Broadway producer, Hal Luftig, said in a news release. "It has been more than thirty-five years since this play first premiered, and its themes are as resonant today as ever."

"I think our appreciation for what Mark created with this play has only deepened with time," Leon added.

Complete updated information is available online at childrenofalessergodbroadway.com.


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