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Take Me Out on Broadway
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Take Me Out on Broadway

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About Take Me Out on Broadway

Tony Award® winner Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Tony nominee Jesse Williams reprise their roles in this Tony-winning Best Play Revival, returning to Broadway for 14 weeks only! In Take Me Out, playwright Richard Greenberg celebrates the personal and professional intricacies of America’s favorite pastime. When Darren Lemming, the star center fielder for the Empires, comes out of the closet, the reception off the field reveals a barrage of long-held unspoken prejudices dealing with sexuality and masculinity, money and power, and race and class. Facing some hostile teammates and fraught friendships, Darren is forced to contend with the challenges of being a gay person of color within the confines of a classic American institution. As the Empires struggle to rally toward a championship season, the players and their fans begin to question tradition, their loyalties, and the price of victory.

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The ugly underside of America’s favorite pastime is brought to the surface in Take Me Out, Richard Greenberg’s timely and powerful work now revived by Second Stage Theatre. Take Me Out interrogates long-held American traditions, the nature of fandom, and how much an individual must sacrifice in the name of victory. Get Take Me Out tickets on TodayTix.

Take Me Out is a play that focuses on Darren Lemming. He’s the star center fielder for a fictional baseball team, the Empires. At the height of his career, Lemming comes out as gay. The fan response is mixed — but that’s nothing compared to the reaction from Lemming’s teammates in the locker room. As long-unspoken prejudices come to light, Lemming must confront the bigotry and impossible standards that face a successful gay athlete of color.

Even though the Take Me Out play is inspired by an American sport, Take Me Out made its world premiere in London at the Donmar Warehouse in 2002, before moving off Broadway to The Public Theater later that year. The production then transferred to the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway in 2003. Take Me Out won three Tony Awards, including Best Play, in 2003. The show was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize For Drama in the same year.

Take Me Out has received widespread acclaim for its unflinching exploration of intolerance, self-acceptance, and toxic masculinity — themes which resonate just as powerfully today. Greenberg “turns baseball into something like grand opera,” Ben Brantley wrote in The New York Times, declaring the play “an unconditional, all-American epiphany that, in these days of fretful ambivalence, is something to cherish.”

Scott Ellis directs the Take Me Out Broadway revival, which is the first in just under 20 years. His production premiered in spring 2022 with Second Stage Theater, and it received so much acclaim that it's back for an encore run this fall. Two of its all-star cast members, Tony nominee Jesse Williams (Grey's Anatomy) and Tony winner Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), return to their roles.

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What to Watch For

  • Jesse Williams made his Broadway debut as baseball star Darren Lemming.
  • Take Me Out is written by Richard Greenberg, who has had more than 25 plays premiere on Broadway and at Off-Broadway theatres.
  • History repeats itself! Take Me Out won Best Play at the Tonys in 2003, and Denis O'Hare won Best Featured Actor for playing the gay accountant Mason Marzac. In 2022, the show won Best Revival of a Play, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson won Best Featured Actor for his performance as Mason.
  • Some of the events and characters in Take Me Out are reportedly based on real people. Darren is said to be based on Derek Jeter, and his team, the New York Empires, stands in for the Yankees. Darren's bigoted teammate Shane Mungitt is reportedly based on former relief pitcher John Rocker, and Mason Marzac, who becomes a huge baseball fan overnight from nothing, reflects Greenberg himself. He similarly got interested in the sport after the 1999 record-breaking Yankees season.
  • Greenberg wrote Take Me Out to imagine what would happen if a Major League Baseball player had come out during his career; when the play premiered in 2002, none ever had. As of the 2022 revival, that's still the case.
  • The original 2003 production of the Take Me Out play was directed by Joe Mantello. Later that same year, Mantello staged a new Broadway musical named Wicked. Ever heard of it?
Start date

October 27th, 2022

End date

January 29th, 2023

Genre

Play

Venue

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

Age

Children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

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