‘Sylvia’ Fetches 2015 Tony Nominees for Broadway Bow

Annaleigh Ashford and Julie White, both currently in the running for 2015 Tony Awards, have lined up their next Broadway outing in “Sylvia,” a fall production of A.R. Gurney’s comedy about a New York couple and their dog.

Ashford (pictured above), the “Masters of Sex” actress up for a Tony for “You Can’t Take It With You,” will play the title role of the dog, originally played by Sarah Jessica Parker in the show’s 1995 Off Broadway staging. White, the Tony winner (“The Little Dog Laughed”) now nominated for “Airline Highway,” will play one half of the middle-aged couple that adopts Sylvia, alongside Robert Sella as her husband. Daniel Sullivan (“Proof,” “The Merchant of Venice” starring Al Pacino) directs.

Jefrrey Richards and Jerry Frankel — both behind “You Can’t Take It With You” as well as the recent revival of “The Heidi Chronicles” starring Elisabeth Moss — team with Daryl Roth (“It Shoulda Been You”) to produce. The design team also incorporates current Tony nominees, including set designer David Rockwell (“You Can’t Take It With You,” “On the 20th Century”) and lighting designer Japhy Weideman (“The Visit,” “Airline Highway”). Film and Broadway vet Ann Roth is on board as costume designer.

“Sylvia” is set to begin preview Sept. 25 at one of the Broadway theaters owned by the Shubert Organization, with the exact venue to be determined based on availability.

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