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Lia Chang Photos: Andrew Rannells and Zuzanna Szadkowski Visit Richard Thomas, Anna Chlumsky, Julie Halston and Annaleigh Ashford at YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU

Richard Thomas and Anna Chlumsky backstage at the Longacre Theatre on January 7, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Richard Thomas and Anna Chlumsky backstage at the Longacre Theatre on January 7, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Emmy Award winning actor Richard Thomas and two-time Emmy nominee Anna Chlumsky kicked off their run in the hit Broadway revival of YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU on January 6, 2015. Thomas portrays Paul Sycamore, replacing Mark Linn-Baker; with Chlumsky, best known for her starring role in HBO‘s ‘Veep’, portraying his daughter Alice, taking over for Rose Byrne.

Photos of Original Broadway Cast by Joan Marcus

Photos of Original Broadway Cast by Joan Marcus

Thomas and Chlumsky join current cast members James Earl Jones, Kristine Nielsen, Annaleigh Ashford, Elizabeth Ashley, Johanna Day, Julie Halston, Byron Jennings, Patrick Kerr, Fran Kranz, Reg Rogers, Will Brill, Nick Corley, Austin Durant, Crystal A. Dickinson, Marc Damon Johnson, Karl Kenzler and Joe Tapper in the 1936 play by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman.

Julie Halston, Richard Thomas, Anna Chlumsky, Andrew Rannells, Annaleigh Ashford and guest backstage at the Longacre Theatre in New York on January 7, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Julie Halston, Richard Thomas, Anna Chlumsky, Andrew Rannells, Annaleigh Ashford and guest backstage at the Longacre Theatre in New York on January 7, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

After the Wednesday matinee, I caught up with Richard Thomas and Julie Halston, who were visiting with Andrew Rannells and Zuzanna Szadkowski in the green room at the Longacre Theatre.

Richard Thomas, Lia Chang and Julie Halston backstage at the Longacre Theatre in New York on January 7, 2015. Photo by GK

Richard Thomas, Lia Chang and Julie Halston backstage at the Longacre Theatre in New York on January 7, 2015. Photo by GK

Producers of the Pulitzer Prize-winning revival directed by Scott Ellis, recently announced the critically acclaimed show will extend its engagement through Sunday, February 22, 2015.
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Previously announced to be a limited run through January 4, 2015, You Can’t Take It With You began previews on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 and opened on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street).Tickets are sold on www.Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200. Offer valid on select locations only for performances through 2/8 and subject to availability and prior sale. Not valid on prior purchases and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All sales final; no refunds or exchanges. Telephone and internet orders are subject to standard service fees. A $2.00 theatre facility fee is included in the price of the ticket. Limit 8 tickets per order. Blackout dates may apply. Offer expires 2/8 but may be revoked or modified at any time.

Richard Thomas. Photo by Lia Chang

Richard Thomas. Photo by Lia Chang

Richard Thomas starred in the award-winning series “The Waltons,” for which he won an Emmy® Award for Best Actor in a dramatic series. He has continued to star in series, films, plays and over 50 movies for television. His Broadway career began at age seven with 1958’s Sunrise at Campobello opposite James Earl Jones, and has continued with such shows as Fifth of July, The Seagull, The Front Page, Tiny Alice, Peer Gynt, Richard II, Richard III, Hamlet and The Stendhal Syndrome. Other stage credits include Broadway’s Democracy and A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, the national tour of the Broadway revival of 12 Angry Men, and Unusual Acts of Devotion by Terrence McNally. Recent projects include the Broadway production of David Mamet’s Race; the Public Theater’s Timon of Athens (in the title role); Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays for the Minetta Lane Theatre; the world premiere of Camp David at Arena Stage; and Othello at The Old Globe. He last appeared on Broadway in the Manhattan Theater Club revival of An Enemy of the People. Richard will return to the hit FX series “The Americans” for the upcoming season as Agent Frank Gaad. He also had starring roles on series such as “Just Cause,” “It’s a Miracle” and “Swiss Family Robinson”. His television films include the Stephen King miniseries Nightmares and Dreamscapes; Stephen King’s It; All Quiet on the Western Front; The Silence; The Red Badge of Courage; The Master of Ballantrae; Johnny Belinda; Berlin Tunnel 21; Living Proof: The Hank Williams Jr. Story; Hobson’s Choice; Roots: The Next Generation; Go Toward the Light; In the Name of the People; The Christmas Secret; The Miracle of the Cards; Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder; Anna’s Dream; Annie’s Point; Wild Hearts; and most recently the Hallmark Channel’s film Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. As a producer, Richard has worked on such television projects as What Love Sees and For All Time. Richard has appeared in such movies as The Wonder Boys, Battle Beyond the Stars, The Todd Killings, Last Summer, Winning, Red Sky at Morning, Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock and the forthcoming Anesthesia.

Richard Thomas and Lia Chang backstage at the Longacre Theatre in New York on January 7, 2015. Photo by GK

Richard Thomas and Lia Chang backstage at the Longacre Theatre in New York on January 7, 2015. Photo by GK

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

Other articles on Richard Thomas:
Photos: Andrew Rannells and Zuzanna Szadkowski Visit Richard Thomas, Anna Chlumsky, Julie Halston and Annaleigh Ashford at YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU http://wp.me/pla1d-b80
Emmy Winner Richard Thomas and Anna Chlumsky Set For Broadway’s YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, Beginning January 6, 2015
Nov. 9: INSP Premieres Exclusive Richard Thomas’ Favorites Marathon of The Waltons
Blair Underwood, Richard Thomas and Kristen Connolly Lead the Cast of The Old Globe’s Othello, helmed by Barry Edelstein
Jun. 22 – July 27: Richard Thomas and Kristen Connolly Set for Old Globe Debut in OTHELLO
Mar. 21-May 4: Richard Thomas, Ron Rifkin, Hallie Foote and Khaled Nabaway Set for Arena Stage’s World Premiere of Lawrence Wright’s Camp David
Mar. 21 – May 4: Arena Stage Presents World Premiere of Lawrence Wright’s Camp David Starring Tony Award winner Ron Rifkin and Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas
MTC’s An Enemy of The People Starring Boyd Gaines and Richard Thomas Begin Previews at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Richard Thomas and Boyd Gaines to star in An Enemy of the People at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre during Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2012-2013 Season
Tony Award – winning Playwright Terrence McNally to be Honored at Westport Country Playhouse Annual Gala, September 24, 2012
Photos: Highlights of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan (3pm) with Andre Bishop, Mary Beth Hurt, Jennifer Lim, Angela Lin, Philip Kan Gotanda, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Richard Thomas, Jay O. Sanders, and more
Photos: Highlights of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan (8pm) with Oskar Eustis, Patti LuPone, Lisa Emery, Ann Harada, Paolo Montalban, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Henry Stram, Richard Thomas, John Weidman and more
Photos: In Rehearsal with Director Bartlett Sher and the cast of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan

Other Articles by Lia Chang
Photos: Tony Award Winning Playwright David Henry Hwang, NEFA, Graham Sheffield CBE and Susan Stockton Receive 2015 ISPA Awards

Photos: Late Night at HERE LIES LOVE with Jaygee Macapugay, David Byrne, Jose Llana, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu and More

Tony Award Winner BD Wong Kicks Off La Jolla Playhouse Residency

Feb. 3: BD Wong and Russell Wong Guest Star on ‘NCIS: NEW ORLEANS’, Episode 1.13 – The Walking Dead

FEB. 4: “Fresh Off the Boat” Live Community Viewing Party at THE CIRCLE NYC with Hudson Yang

2015 Sundance Film Festival Lineup

Two-Time Tony Award Nominee André De Shields, Bowman Wright, E. Faye Butler, KenYatta Rogers, Jessica Frances Dukes and Michael Anthony Williams Set for Arena Stage’s King Hedley II, February 6- March 8, 2015

Jennifer Lim, Francis Jue, Telly Leung, Jo Mei, James Saito and Sue Jin Song Set for MTC Run of World Premiere of The World of Extreme Happiness by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, February 3 – March 29

Photos: André De Shields, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ken Page, Charl Brown, Carly Hughes, Alton Fitzgerald White, Lillias White in 40th Anniversary of The WIZ Tribute at BC/EFA’s GYPSY OF THE YEAR; Competition Breaks Records With Over $5 Million as Hugh Jackman’s THE RIVER Brings in Top Donation

Geoffrey Holder, Artist, Actor, Dancer, Choreographer, Two-Time Tony Award-winning Director and Costume Designer for The Wiz, Dies at 84; Son Pens Intimate Account of Last Days

Photos: Artist Arlan Huang, One Brush Stroke at a Time

Up Close and Personal with Jose Llana; HERE LIES LOVE Star Set for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Debut on March 12, 2015

Ben Brantley’s Best Theater of 2014: Stephen Adly Guirgis’ BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY Set for Second Stage Theatre’s Tony Kiser Theatre Beginning January 16, 2015

Randy Reyes, Michael Sung-Ho and Meghan Kreidler Set for Mu Performing Arts’ Production of David Henry Hwang’s FOB, January 30 – February 15

ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” starring Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, and Ian Chen, Premieres on February 4 & 10

Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents New York Premiere of Carmen De Lavallade’s Solo Show AS I REMEMBER IT in February 2015

Unsuk Chin’s Opera Alice in Wonderland, Featuring Libretto Co-Written with David Henry Hwang, Set for UK Premiere at the Barbican Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Novels on March 8, 2015

Ken Watanabe, Kelli O’Hara, Ruthie Ann Miles, Conrad Ricamora, Jon Viktor Corpuz, Paul Nakauchi and More Set for Lincoln Center Theater’s The King and I 

Tam Mutu, Kelli Barrett, Tom Hewitt, Paul Nolan, Lora Lee Gayer, Melody Butiu, Julian Cihi and More Set for Broadway Bound Dr. Zhivago

Costume Institute’s Spring 2015 Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum to Focus on Chinese Imagery in Art, Film, and Fashion, May 7–August 16, 2015

Photos: Ellen Burstyn, Baz Luhrmann, John Leguizamo, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Stephen McKinley Henderson, John Patrick Shanley, David Henry Hwang, Liza Colón-Zayas, Kenneth Lonergan and More Celebrate Stephen Adly Guirgis at The Mimi Awards

Q & A with Playwright Camille Darby, 2014-15 Dramatists Guild Playwrighting Fellow

Photos: Tommy Tune, Bob Avian, Lee Roy Reams, Christine Toy Johnson, Orville Mendoza, Lori Tan Chinn, Raul Aranas, Virginia Wing and More Celebrate 2014 Paul Robeson Citation Award Recipient Baayork Lee

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