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BREAKING NEWS: The Award winning Lincoln Center Theater already has an unforgettable lineup of new shows now that Broadway is back. It has just been announced that Thornton Wilder‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning play THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH will be coming this Spring. Under the direction of LCT Resident Director Lileana Blain – Cruz, it will play the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Previews will begin March 31st, 2022 and will open on April 25th, 2022.
PLEASE NOTE: Since THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH is going to the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, it has been revealed that the Theaters prior show that is coming…. the new musical Flying Over Sunset will be a strictly limited engagement.
THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH tell the story of The Antrobus family of Excelsior, New Jersey, as they persevere through an Ice Age, a biblical flood, and a war. The play is told in 3 acts exploring the life of mankind.
This new revival comes to Broadway commemorating Thornton Wilder’s 125th Birthday.
The play originally premiered in 1942 in New Heaven, CT at the Shubert Theatre. It eventually moved to Broadway’s Plymouth Theatre (now the Schonefeld Theatre) where it ran for 359 performances. Under the direction of Elia Kazan, the cast was led by….
Miriam Hopkins as “Sabina”,
Conrad Nagel as “Mr. Antrobus”
Florence Reed as “The Fortune Teller”,
Viola Frayne as “Mrs. Antrobus”.
and more.
The show did NOT receive any Tony Award nominations or wins because it wasn’t created till 1947. It did however go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
It would later be revived various times in our New York Theater scene.
The first ON Broadway revival happened in 1955 where it played the ANTA Theatre (now the August Wilson Theatre) for only 22 performances. Under the direction of Alan Schneider, the cast was led by….
Mary Martin as “Sabina”,
George Abbott as “Mr. Antrobus”
Florence Reed reprising her performance as “The Fortune Teller”,
Helen Hayes as “Mrs. Antrobus”.
and more.
This revival did not receive any Tony Award nominations or wins.
The most recent ON Broadway revival of THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH happened in 1975 playing the Mark Hellinger Theatre (now The Times Square Church) for only 7 performances. Yup, it was huge flop. Under the direction of José Quintero, this cast was led by…
Elizabeth Ashley as “Sabina”,
Alfred Drake as “Mr. Antrobus”
Charlotte Jones as “The Fortune Teller”,
Martha Scott as “Mrs. Antrobus”.
and more.
The production also did NOT get any Tony nominees or wins.
The show did have several Off Broadway revivals including 1986 at the East 13 Street Theatre running for only 28 performances. Under the direction of Carey Perloff, the cast was led by….
Park Overall as “Sabina”,
Steve Coats as “Mr. Antrobus”
Elaine Hausman as “The Fortune Teller”,
Novella Nelson as “Mrs. Antrobus”.
and more.
Most recently, THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH returned Off Broadway with a production held in Brooklyn at the Theatre for a New Audience. Under the direction of Arin Arbus, this cast was led by….
Mary Wiseman as “Sabina”,
David Rasche as “Mr. Antrobus”
Mary Lou Rosato as “The Fortune Teller”,
Kecia Lewis as “Mrs. Antrobus”.
and more.
It went on to win for an Obie Award for BEST DIRECTION (for Arin Arbus).
Today, THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH is a popular played performed in schools, community, and regional theaters everywhere.
Who is excited?!!
Mike Haber
Author: Mike Haber

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