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The Winner of more Best New Play Awards
than any other play in West End history— including the 2019 OLIVIER AWARD!
In contemporary Manhattan, Eric and Toby are 30-somethings who seem to be very much in love and thriving. But on the cusp of their engagement, they meet an older man haunted by the past, and a younger man hungry for a future. Chance meetings lead to surprising choices as the lives of three generations interlink and collide—with explosive results.
Brilliantly re-envisioning E.M. Forster’s masterpiece Howards End to 21st-century New York, THE INHERITANCE asks how much we owe those who lived and loved before us, questions the role we must play for future generations, and dares us to fearlessly hold on to the wild ride called life.
Profoundly touching and wickedly hilarious, it’s the new play critics rave, “will make you laugh, then cry, then shake your head at its sheer, brilliant audacity.” (City AM)
As an adjective, “epic” may be used to describe art more often than is truly deserved. However, when it comes to “The Inheritance,” the two-part, era-spanning, rapturously received drama playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, it seems there is no word more fitting. Playwright Matthew Lopez makes his Broadway debut with this new play, transferring direct from London’s West End, about generations of gay men in modern day New York City.
Under the direction of two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry, the production has assembled a cast as impressively sweeping as its story, many of whom are reprising their roles from across the pond. John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, Andrew Burnap, and Kyle Soller are each returning to the show in New York, while Lois Smith is new to the cast (replacing Vanessa Redgrave, who played the role in London). All in all, the two parts add up to a cool seven hours and 15-minute runtime — epicness cannot be rushed!
Recommended for 16 + Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
“The Inheritance” is based loosely on “Howard’s End,” the novel by E.M. Forster about social conventions and class in turn-of-the-century-England. However, “The Inheritance” is set in contemporary New York and tracks intergenerational relationships among gay men.
“The Inheritance” marks Matthew Lopez’s first Broadway outing, but he has had numerous plays produced in New York and around the country. Additionally, he comes from a long line of theater royalty: His aunt is the one and only Priscilla Lopez, known for her origination of Diana Morales in “A Chorus Line” and more recently, Camila in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pre-“Hamilton” musical “In the Heights.”
When one equates theater and music, they usually think musical, but “The Inheritance” is one of the too-rare plays that actually features an original score. Prolific composer Paul Englishby, who’s composed for plays such as “Skylight,” has created tailor-made music for the piece, sure to add even more emotional reckoning than the text and performances could alone.
If you’re hesitant to devote so much time to a single show, you shouldn’t be — not this time, anyway. In addition to rapturous and near-universal critical praise, “The Inheritance” also won four Olivier Awards for its West End run, including Best New Play. It’s an investment but a worthwhile one.
3hr 15min (incl. 2 intermissions)
September 27th, 2019
March 16th, 2019
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