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Roundabout to Stage All-Star Shaw

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Tony Award winners Swoosie Kurtz and Philip Bosco will star in a Broadway revival of George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House this fall for Roundabout Theatre, the company announced on Friday.

Previews for the show will begin Sept. 15 at the American Airlines Theatre in advance of an Oct. 11 opening; the play will have a limited run to Dec. 10. Others starring will be Byron Jennings (A Touch of the Poet), Lily Rabe (Colder Than Here, Steel Magnolias), and Lalia Robbins (who starred with Kurtz in Frozen).

Shaw's parable, first produced a year after the end of World War I, is about the need for idealists to get their heads of the clouds and take charge during the upheavals of the modern age, lest they be consumed by opportunists and cynics. As Bosco's character, Captain Shotover, says to a man who puts his faith in divine providence: "Every drunken skipper trusts to providence. But one of the ways of providence with drunken skippers is to run them on the rocks." He later commands, "Navigation. Learn it and live; or leave it and be damned."

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