Born Yesterday- Origin
The birth of this classic comedy took place on Broadway when it premiered at the Lyceum Theatre in 1946. The show featured the superstar Julie Holiday and completed a successful run of 1,642 performances. Closing in December 1949, the show served as a gateway to its movie adaptation. During its three years of theatre run, Born Yesterday earned positive reviews as well as many awards.
Adaptation and Revivals
The Broadway hit was adapted to the silver screen in 1950 and once again starred Julie Holiday in the leading role. The movie took the viewers by storm and became an instant hit. Greatly admired for its plot and wonderful performances by the actors, the movie was nominated for five Oscars where Julie Holiday won one of them. The play once again hit the stage, premiering at the 46th Street Theatre in January 1989. The popularity of the show brought it back to Broadway in 2011. Featuring some of the revered names in the industry like Jim Buleshi and Nina Arianda, the show premiered at the Cort Theatre. Gaining reasonable media and audiences' attention, the play closed in June 2011. Currently, the play is captivating the viewers in its most recent revival.
Cast and Crew
2011 revival of the play was directed by the Tony winning Doug Hughes. He is famous for his works such as The House in Town, Frozen, The Grey Zone, Flesh and Blood and Doubt. Hughes's talent has won him numerous awards including Drama Desk, Obie, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Award. With his wonderful skills and broad vision, Hughes adds his signature touch to the play.
The brilliant cast includes Jim Buleshi, Nina Arianda and Robert Sean Leonard. Known for his signature show, According to Jim, Buleshi is a superb performer, singer and standup comedian. He plays the male lead in the play as Harry Brock. Nina Arianda made her Broadway debut with her role as Billie Dawn in the play and won the admiration of many critics for her articulacy and expressions.
Robert Sean Leonard played Paul Verrall and won the hearts of many with his unique style and stage presence. He is a multiple-award winning stage and TV actor and is popular for his role of Dr. James in the famous series House, M.D. Leonard has won three Tony Awards and his famous works include The Invention of Love, Candida and Long Day's Journey into Night. This talented trio, with their energy and vibrancy, adds freshness to the play and make it enjoyable for a variety of audience.
Response and Awards
The play like its previous revivals was well received by the critics and viewers alike. The theatrical treatment and performances of the actors were appreciated by the critics. New York Magazine referred to Arianda as “The luminous laugh-goddess, Nina Arianda is without a doubt the most exciting find of the Broadway season”. The play also received raving reviews like “This winning revival is a gem” from New York Post. Born Yesterday was nominated for two Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards in different categories. Nina Arianda won Outer Critics Circle Award for “Best Actress in a Play”.
The current year brings this cherished comedy back to stage. The show is playing at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and is opened to the public for a series of performances. Born Yesterday tickets are once again in great demand as the classic comedy never fails to entertain its audiences whenever it hits the stage. Watch this great show live when it plays at the theater near you.