The Inheritance on Broadway: Part 2
The Inheritance on Broadway
About The Inheritance: Part 2
The Inheritance is a brilliant re-envisioning of E. M. Forster’s masterpiece Howards End to contemporary New York. The Inheritance follows the interlinking lives of three generations of gay men searching for a community of their own – and a place to call home.
Profoundly touching and wickedly hilarious, Matthew Lopez’s highly-anticipated two-part play asks how much we owe to those who lived and loved before us, and questions the role we must play for future generations.
This epic new play by Matthew Lopez marks the Broadway debut of one of America’s boldest theatrical voices, and is directed by visionary two-time Tony Award® winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, Netflix’s The Crown). The Inheritance is a life-affirming journey of tears and laughter, through conflicts and connections, heartbreak and hope. A new play, generations in the making.
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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!
What To Watch For
- “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.
3 hours and 20 minutes, including 1 intermission & a brief pause
Recommended for 16 + Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.