Hugh Dancy Signs On for Off-Broadway + More NYC Theater News

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Dancy does Off-Broadway.
Full casting has been announced for Roundabout Theatre Company’s upcoming “Apologia.” The New York premiere production, direct from its successful run in London, will star Hugh Dancy along with previously-announced Tony Award winner Stockard Channing (the latter reprising her role from the U.K. run). Megalyn Echikunwoke, John Tillinger, and Talene Monahon will also star in the drama, written by Alexi Kaye Campbell. Roundabout alum Daniel Aukin (“Skintight”) will direct the piece, beginning performances Sept. 27 at the Laura Pels Theatre Off-Broadway.

Christian Borle steps offstage.
Two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle is gearing up to tread new theater ground. In his New York directorial debut, Borle will helm “Popcorn Falls,” making its New York debut at Off-Broadway’s Davenport Theatre. Performances will begin Sept. 14 with an official opening slated for Oct. 8. The cast for the straight play, written by James Hinman, will be led by Tom Souhrada and Adam Heller.

There’s a new Mrs. Higgins in town.
The Lincoln Center Theater revival of “My Fair Lady” has announced its new Mrs. Higgins. Tony Award winner (and nine-time nominee!) Rosemary Harris will step into the track beginning Sept. 11. Dame Diana Rigg, who was Tony-nominated for the role this past spring, departs the production on Sept. 9.

Beckett and Bill are a perfect pair.
Tony Award winner Bill Irwin will bring his new play “On Beckett” to the Irish Repertory Theatre this fall, starring in the production opposite Finn O’Sullivan. Beginning performances Sept. 26, the piece is inspired by the work of esteemed playwright Samuel Beckett. Irwin himself wrote the two-hander, which will run Off-Broadway through Nov. 4.

Ars gears up for its new one.
Ars Nova, the original home of “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” will present the world premiere of “Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future.” The new piece, billed as a sci-fi folk concert,” will feature direction by Jordan Fein and run Sept. 25–Oct. 27 at Ars’ home in Midtown.

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