Broadway Extension: LEOPOLDSTADT (Joshua Malina Joins Cast on March 14, 2023; Show Extends to July 2,)

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by Tony Frankel on February 4, 2023

in Theater-New York

As the Broadway sensation continues to extend its run (tickets available through July 2, 2023), actors Arty FroushanDavid KrumholtzCaissie Levy, and Tedra Millan will be leaving Leopoldstadt Sunday March 12. Beginning Tuesday, March 14, it’s great news that the terrific Joshua Malina (The West Wing) will take over the role of Hermann. Dave Register (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) also joins the company in the role of Fritz, and Cody Braverman joins in the role of Young Leo. Leopoldstadt will also welcome current company members Jesse Aaronson in the role of Leo, in addition to his current role as Aaron; Charlotte Graham in the role of Nellie; and Sarah Killough in the role of Eva.

Set in Vienna, Leopoldstadt takes its title from the Jewish quarter. With a cast of 38 actors and direction by Patrick Marber, this passionate drama of love and endurance begins in the last days of 1899 and follows one extended family deep into the heart of the 20th century. Full of his customary wit and beauty, Tom Stoppard’s late work spans fifty years of time over two hours.

Perhaps the most personal play of Stoppard’s career, Leopoldstadt opened on October 2, 2022 to rave reviews, including here at Stage and Cinema:

“It is the play many of Stoppard’s admirers had hoped he might one day write in recognition of his own Jewishness, which he himself did not discover until very late in his lifetime. And, of course, being Stoppard, he still manages to surprise us. The chatter is not interested in witty wordplay and the kind of verbal hijinks one associates with a Stoppard play. Characters emerge fitfully because Stoppard seems less interested in them as individuals than as a family unit and it is a family that we will follow through the five periods that constitute the play. It might even be said that, for at least two thirds of the play, we are treading water through history, relying more on the designers to do the work Stoppard often discursively and purposely ignores, almost as if he is coming to grips, before us, with truths he has been as blind to as the ‘family’ has been blind to its own changes.”

Leopoldstadt previously received the Olivier Award for Best New Play in October 2020. This production marks Tom Stoppard’s 19th play on Broadway since his groundbreaking Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead opened 55 years ago. Stoppard has won four Best Play Tony Awards, more than any other playwright in history.

photos by Joan Marcus (2022)

The Longacre Theatre220 W. 48th Street, between Broadway and 8th Ave
run extended to July 2, 2023
for tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit Telecharge or Leopoldstadt Play
$35 rush tickets, and $25 student rush tickets (valid student ID required)
available at the Longacre box office the same day as the performance


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JESSE AARONSON (Aaron / Leo) is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut! Off-Broadway: The Play That Goes Wrong (New World Stages). Chicago: Yen (Raven Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Drury Lane Theatre). Training: BFA, University of Michigan. Social media: @iced__americano.

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ALI ROSE DACHIS (Understudy) is thrilled to join the cast of Leopoldstadt. Broadway: Fish in The Dark. Off-Broadway: Usual Girls, The Wedge Horse, The Awesome 80s Prom. Ali has worked with The Guthrie Theater (a dozen shows), Fault Line Theatre, MCC, Labrynth, Second Stage, Roundabout, The Factory, New Georges, The Old Globe, Frantic Assembly, Backroom Shakespeare, and more. Film: Unicornland, Match Perfect, Magnificent Eve, The Last Breath. Television: “Fatal Encounters.” Training: U of M/Guthrie Actor Training Program. For Baubie.

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CHARLOTTE GRAHAM (Nellie). Broadway debut. New York: Merrily We Roll Along workshop (Roundabout), Amandine (Cherry Lane); Raising Jo (Theatre Row); Gin Baby (IRT); The Importance of Being Ernest Hemingway (Access Theatre). Regional: The Tempest (A.R.T.); Life Science (Brown/Trinity); Three SistersBuildLove’s Labour’s Lost (Chautauqua); Camelot (Trinity Rep). Television: “Gossip Girl,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Hart of Dixie,” “My Husband’s Secret Twin,” “Bad Twin” (Lifetime), “Joe Joe & Jane” (NBC pilot). Film: The Hot FlashesBeijing, New York. MFA: Brown/Trinity Rep.

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SARAH KILLOUGH (Eva) (she/her) is honored to be a part of Leopoldstadt. Her past Broadway credits include: Tom Stoppard’s Travesties, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and The Lehman Trilogy. In her day job as an audition reader for various casting offices, Sarah has read for a few Stoppard plays; her favorite experience being Roundabout’s production of Indian Ink.

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JOSHUA MALINA (Hermann). A co-star on NBC’s “The West Wing” and ABC’s “Sports Night,” Joshua also appeared in Aaron Sorkin’s The American PresidentMalice, and the Broadway production of A Few Good Men. More recently, he played David Rosen in Shonda Rhimes’ “Scandal,” and President Sieberton on “The Big Bang Theory.” His 400 episodes of television include “Inventing Anna;” “American Horror Story;” “American Auto;” “Shameless;” and “The Larry Sanders Show.” Joshua’s film appearances include BulworthIn The Line of Fire, and A Few Good Men. In 2022, he appeared in the world premiere of Nathan Englander’s play What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank at San Diego’s The Old Globe.

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DAVE REGISTER (Fritz) will recur in the upcoming series “Fallout” for Kilter Films and Amazon. Broadway: original company of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Other theatre: Ivo van Hove’s A View From the Bridge (Kennedy Center and Ahmanson Theatre), John Proctor is the Villain (World Premiere ,Studio Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CSC). TV: “Madam Secretary,” “FBI,” and season 2 of “Graves.” Dave is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Portland Theater Festival in his home state of Maine. MFA: Columbia University.

CODY BRAVERMAN (Young Leo). Broadway debut! Regional: Sound of Music (Kurt, Paper Mill Playhouse), A Walk on the Moon (Danny, George Street), A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim, WPPAC). Film: The Harbinger. Dedicated to his great-grandparents. @codybraverman

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