“The Humans,” the Stephen Karam play that won raves in its current Off Broadway run, has locked in dates for its anticipated Broadway transfer, starting performances in January at the Helen Hayes Theater.
Scott Rudin and Barry Diller will produce the Broadway transfer of the Roundabout Theater Company production, directed by Joe Mantello (“Wicked”). The entire Roundabout cast will make the move with the show, with an ensemble that includes Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Sarah Steele, Cassie Beck, Arian Moayed and Lauren Klein.
Rudin (“The Book of Mormon”) is in the midst of a busy Broadway season, with the revival of “A View from the Bridge” now running and projects on the way including “Blackbird” starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams, “The Crucible” with Saoirse Ronan and Sophie Okonedo, and “Shuffle Along” with Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell.
“The Humans,” which was the obvious candidate to take the Helen Hayes Theater in the wake of the closing notice for current occupant “Dames at Sea,” looks poised to become a major player in the coming theater awards season. Although “Hamilton” seems to have a preemptive lock on the spotlight for the musical awards, the play race remains up for grabs, and “The Humans” is one of the best-reviewed titles of the season so far.
“The Humans” begins Broadway previews Jan. 23 ahead of a Feb. 18 opening. The Off Broadway production runs at the Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theater through Jan. 3.