Kline, who hasn’t been on Broadway since the 2007 revival of “Cyrano de Bergerac,” got his start on the New York stage, and won his first Tony Award for the 1978 revival of “On the Twentieth Century,” which also played the St. James. (His second Tony was for “The Pirates of Penzance” in 1981.) In 1939 Noel Coward comedy “Present Laughter,” Kline will play Garry Essendine, an actor having a midlife crisis as he prepares for a tour in Africa.
Moritz von Stuelpnagel, nominated for a Tony Award for his 2015 staging of “Hand to God,” will direct the production, with further casting still to be set. The show is produced by Jordan Roth, the president of Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns the St. James.
“Present Laughter” will land at the St. James following the closing of “Something Rotten!,” which shutters there in January. The limited engagement fill the space at the St. James before Disney’s “Frozen” moves into the space in spring 2018, when the show will take advantage of a newly expanded stage.
“Present Laughter” opens April 5, with a start date for previews still to be announced.