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James Earl Jones Returns to Broadway for 'You Can't Take It With You'

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Film star and Broadway regular James Earl Jones is on his way back to the Great White Way.

The two-time Tony winner will return to the Main Stem next month in a revival of the Pulitzer Prize winning classic, "You Can't Take It With You.” In the play - Jones plays the patriarch to an eccentric New York City family and he says it's the idea of "family" that attracted him to this revival.

"It's about family, and I'm still exploring family,” he said. “I have one and it's important to find out what other people feel about theirs."

Filling out the company of the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman classic are stage favorites Elizabeth Ashley, Mark Linn Baker, Kristine Nielsen and Julie Halston.

"I love story and it's a story play and we tell you story,” said Ashley.

Best known for her work on the big and small screens, actress Rose Byrne makes her Broadway debut with this revival.

"I'm so honored to be doing a play on Broadway, I have such high respect for the craft, for Broadway and the community, and I go to a lot of shows. I did plays back in Australia in Sydney where I grow up,” said Byrne.

Mainly known for her musical theater roles on Broadway, like Lauren in the Tony winning show “Kinky Boots,” Annaleigh Ashford's marks new territory in "You Can't Take It With You,” this revival is her first straight Broadway play.

"Now having rehearsal and we don’t have music rehearsal, like what about music rehearsal, I warmed up yesterday morning and I was like, I don't have to warm up,” said Ashford.

And while James Earl Jones may be best known for his work in Hollywood, he says nothing beats performing on stage.

"On stage we are required by the director to be on our own after we open. As we see our first audience then we're birds out of the nest,” he said.

You can catch James Earl Jones and company in "You Can't Take It With You" at the Longacre Theatre beginning on August 26.

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