How You Can’t Take It With You Made Sparks Fly on Stage & Screen for 80 Years

first_img Critics adored it After a pre-Broadway tryout at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, You Can’t Take It With You opened December 14, 1936 at the Booth Theatre—the very venue where Kaufman and Hart dreamed the play would run. The show received raves: “It’s a study in vertigo about a lovable family of hobby-horse writers,” Brooks Atkinson wrote in The New York Times. “You Can’t Take It With You is the best comedy these authors have written.” As the country struggled during the thick of the Great Depression, the kooky Sycamores proved to be the perfect escape for Broadway audiences. You Can’t Take It With You It put Jimmy Stewart & Ann Miller on the map Before he became a household name with Mr. Smith Goes to Washington in 1939, up-and-coming actor Jimmy Stewart was cast as Alice’s straight-laced boyfriend Tony Kirby—the small role was expanded to give the star more screen time. “I think he’s probably the best actor who’s ever hit the screen,” Capra remarked in Jimmy Stewart: A Biography. Fellow film newbie Ann Miller, who was cast as aspiring ballerina Essie, almost never worked in Hollywood again after mistaking Capra for an office boy! Luckily, she discovered her faux pas, Capra was cool with it, and the rest is history. …But the film almost didn’t happen Film directing legend Frank Capra saw You Can’t Take It With You on Broadway and knew what he wanted his next project to be. But there was only one problem: He was banned from Columbia Pictures after butting heads with mogul Harry Cohn. After scoffing at Harris’ outrageous asking price of $200,000 for the film rights, Cohn gave in as a peace offering to Capra. All together now: Awwww! View Comments The small screen loved the Sycamores First stage, then the big screen. What’s next? TV, of course! A 1979 small screen adaptation featured an all-star cast, including Emmy winner Jean Stapleton as Penny, Barry Bostwick as Anthony Kirby Jr., Oscar winner Art Carney as Grandpa Vanderhof and Blythe Danner as Alice. The play also spawned a short-lived ‘80s sitcom of the same name, and by the looks of its opening theme, it was absolutely amazing. The kooky family is back with a bang Eighty-two years after its premiere, You Can’t Take It With You is back on Broadway with an all-star cast, including Rose Byrne, who is making her Broadway debut. “It was really irresistible. It has so much heart and sentiment and intelligence behind it,” she told What kinds of treats are we in for when we come for dinner at the Longacre Theatre? “There’s fireworks and love and Russians and pickled pigs’ feet,” says player Crystal Dickinson. “You name it, we got it!” The comedy made history You Can’t Take It With You marked a few firsts on Broadway. “Engaging a cast before a play is written is something entirely new,” Harris said in Broadway Theatre. The play’s first production ran for a whopping 838 performances, and was still running on Broadway when the film was released. This marked the first time in history a film adaptation and the original Broadway production on which it was based were both out at the same time. But there was more exciting news: The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. center_img Kaufman & Hart had almost given up After George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s first two collaborations, Once in a Lifetime (a flop) and Merrily We Roll Along (also a flop), the pair of playwrights tried to adapt Dalton Trumbo’s political novel Washington Jitters into a play without success. Hart blamed himself. In an effort to cheer him up, Kaufman reminded him of an idea they’d had years before about an eccentric family “like nothing ever seen on land and sea,” recounts Broadway Theatre. Revivals, revivals, revivals The comedy has been revived on Broadway five times to date, featuring heavy hitters like Rosemary Harris, Patricia Conolly, Colleen Dewhurst, Jason Robards and James Coco. Fun fact: The 1983 revival featured some possible twerking at the curtain call. “The couples leap about, still in character, with such rowdiness you’d think they’d all been at a party rather than performing a play,” The New York Times noted. No word if James Earl Jones will shake it in the new production, but we’ve got our fingers crossed! The wacky Sycamore family is inviting you to dinner! You Can’t Take It With You has seen multiple incarnations, from stage, screen, smaller screen and back again, and now it’s back on Broadway in a new revival at the Longacre Theatre. George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s 1936 madcap comedy explores the mayhem that ensues when a daughter’s boyfriend brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. Directed by Scott Ellis and starring James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne and Annaleigh Ashford, the production opens at the Longacre Theatre on September 29. Read on for a little history about the award-winning comedy. The plot didn’t matter Kaufman and Hart got to work creating characters—among them, a wacky snake-collecting patriarch, and a fireworks-making father, a candy-making ballerina sister and Alice, the “sane” one. Three days later, before they’d even figured out the plot, the scribes sent a telegram to producer Sam Harris: “Dear Sam, We start work on new play tomorrow morning (stop) can you tie up at once Josephine Hull, George Tobias, Frank Conlan, Oscar Polk (stop) we are engaging Henry Travers here (stop) Moss and George.” Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015last_img read more

Shirley Woman Killed in Head-on Crash With Bus

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 29-year-old Shirley woman was killed when her SUV crashed head-on with a Hampton Jitney bus in Tuckahoe on Thursday morning, Southampton Town Police said.Carissa Castillo was driving her Chevrolet Trailblazer eastbound on Country Road 39 when she veered into the opposite lane of traffic crashed head-on with the westbound bus near the corner of Andrews Road at 7 a.m., police said.The mother of two was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted.The bus driver, 54-year-old George Scheld of Nesconset, and the bus attendant, 36-year-old Shimona Kameka of Southampton, were taken to Southampton Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.New York State and Suffolk County police are assisting in the continuing investigation, which caused partial closure of the roadway that continued into Thursday evening, causing extensive traffic delays on the East End.last_img read more

No. 2 Wildcats Championship Game Bound After Taming No. 3 Lions

first_imgACU shot just 30.4 percent in the second half and went 6:13 without a point, yet was able to hold on thanks to Jaylen Franklin’s four free throws in the final 42 seconds. Franklin had just one field goal but was a perfect 10-for-10 from the line, finishing with 12 points. The Wildcats didn’t feel at ease about matters until a last-second heave from Southeastern Louisiana’s Von Julien fell short, giving them the chance to play for the tournament crown six years after rejoining the Southland Conference. Southeastern Louisiana (17-16) struggled without the services of All-Conference first teamer Moses Greenwood, who picked up two early fouls. Without their biggest interior threat, the Lions fell behind 37-27 at the half as they committed 12 of their 17 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes of play. Despite blowing a 13-point lead, No. 2-seed ACU survived the challenge of No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana in a 69-66 thriller that places the Wildcats (26-6) into Saturday’s tournament championship game against No. 4 New Orleans at 8:30 p.m. CT. The winner will get the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.MBB: Playing in their first Southland tournament, the @ACU_MBB Wildcats are GOING TO THE ‘SHIP! Run to the big backstage bracket, men! #GoWildcats #ChampWeek @ACUedu @ACUSports— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 16, 2019 Using the trap to harass the Wildcats, the Lions trimmed the lead down and closed within 49-44 on a dunk from Kajon Brown with 7:58 left. Brown added more offensive spark when his 3-pointer at the 5:49 mark pushed the deficit to 53-51 before Tyron Brewer’s dunk off an alley-oop from Veal gave Southeastern its first lead at 56-55 with 3:17 left. ACU led by as much as 13 in the first half but then went into an extended offensive funk that saw them score only seven points in a span of 12:03 seconds in the first and second half. The Wildcats opened the second half 1-for-7 from the field and eventually opened the door for Southeastern to get back into the contest. To be on the verge of playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time is a moment long coming for ACU, which had to sit out four years after returning to the conference.The lead is 37-27 after a @JayFrank0 steal and dish to @jarenlewis for the bucket. #GoWildcats— ACU Mens Basketball (@ACU_MBB) March 16, 2019 “With Moses picking up those two fouls, it was tough,” said Southeastern guard Marlain Veal, the team’s All-Southland first teamer who scored 20 points and added six assists in his final game as a Lion.center_img Greenwood (10 points, five rebounds) gave the Lions their final lead at 59-57 after a layup with 2:07 left. However, ACU’s Payten Ricks responded with a 3-pointer that gave the Wildcats the lead for good with 1:59 remaining. Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – Arriving at the Merrell Center was worth the wait for Abilene Christian, who finally played its first Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament game on Friday night in Katy. Thanks to clutch defense and a couple of huge baskets down the stretch, the Wildcats will spend one more day in town with a chance to head to the NCAA Division I Men’s Tournament at stake. “We knew how important it is to make them turn the ball over,” said Wildcats forward Jaren Lewis, who had 17 points, 11 boards and two assists. “They’ve been pretty good at what they run since I’ve been at ACU, so we knew that was a point of emphasis. We knew we had to get after them defensively and be aggressive.” “We got off to a great start, but in the second half we couldn’t see the ball go through,” said ACU coach Joe Golding. “But we continued to guard and continued to rebound. Rebounding was the most important factor and we ended up tied on the glass (31-31).” “That was a huge, huge shot,” said Lions’ coach Jay Ladner. “That might have been the difference in the game.” “We came from a program that didn’t have a lot of success, but these kids stuck with me,” said Golding. “At the end of the day, we’re 40 minutes away from the NCAA Tournament. Six years ago, that was a pipe dream.”last_img read more


first_imgThe death has taken place of G.A.A. stalwart, life long St. Eunan’s G.A.A. Club member and former Chairman of the Donegal County Board, Mr. Danny McGlinchey, Breffni, Gortlee, Letterkenny.Mr. McGlinchey served as County Board Chairman in 1966 and St. Eunan’s Club Chairman in 1967.Remains reposing at his home and funeral from there on Thursday 9th July going to the Church of the Irish Martyrs, Ballyraine for Requiem Mass at 1pm. Burial afterwards in Conwal Cemetery. House Private. Family and friends welcome.St Eunan’s GAA club would like to extend its sincerest sympathies to the McGlinchey family on their loss.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.  DEATH ANNOUNCED OF FORMER COUNTY BOARD CHAIRMAN AND EUNAN’S STALWART DANNY McGLINCHEY was last modified: July 7th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:county chairmandanny mcglincheyDeath noticesdonegalRIPSt Eunanslast_img read more