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Allison Janney Stars in ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ This Spring; Get Tickets Here

By Christopher McKittrick emma.gaedeke@musictimes.com on Dec 29, 2016 03:11 PM EST

Though performances don't begin until the spring, tickets are now available for the Broadway revival of John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The production will star Allison Janney, John Benjamin Hickey and Corey Hawkins.

In the play, an injured young black man named Paul shows up at the apartment of Ouisa and Flan Kittredge, a well-to-do couple who live in Manhattan. Paul tells the Kittredges that he is friend of their children, who attend Harvard, and also that he is the son of Sidney Poitier. Though his situation tugs on the heartstrings of everyone he meets, Paul is actually a charming con artist, and his effect on the Kitteredges - as well as other people he encounters - cause them to reconsider their connections to other people and the depths of their trust.

Janney is no newcomer to Broadway - she made her Broadway debut in 1996 in Noel Coward's Present Laughter, and followed that a year later with a Tony-nominated performance in a production of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge. She was nominated for a Tony again in 2009 - this time for Best Actress in a Musical - for starring as part of the original Broadway cast of 9 to 5. In the meantime, Janney gained fame (and seven Emmy Awards) starring on television in The West Wing, Masters of Sex, and Mom.

Hickey is a more familiar face on Broadway. He last starred in the 2011 Broadway production of The Normal Heart, for which he won a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for his heartbreaking performance as Felix Turner. Hickey's other Broadway credits are Mary Stuart (2009), The Crucible (2002), Cabaret (1998), and Love! Valour! Compassion! (1995). Like Janney, Hickey is also known for his television credits, having starred on The Big C (Janney also appeared in a 2012 episode), The Good Wife, and Manhattan. It will not be the first time the pair have worked together--both Janney and Hickey appeared in the 1997 film Ice Storm, the 2014 James Brown biopic Get on Up, and the 2016 Netflix film Tallulah.

Rounding out the cast is Corey Hawkins as Paul. It's Hawkins second role on Broadway after playing Tybalt in the 2013 production of Romeo and Juliet starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad. However, Hawkins is much better known for his performance as Dr. Dre in the 2015 biopic Straight Outta Compton and his recurring role as Heath on The Walking Dead.

Six Degrees of Separation is the first production of a John Guare play to be produced on Broadway since 2011's The House of Blue Leaves, which starred Ben Stiller, Edie Falco, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The original 1990 Broadway production of Six Degrees of Separation starred Stockard Channing, John Cunningham, and Courtney B. Vance.

Channing had originated the role of Ouisa in the off-Broadway production, and she also reprised the role in the 1993 film adaptation that also starred Donald Sutherland and Will Smith (Guare also wrote the screenplay for the film). The revival of Six Degrees of Separation will be directed by noted Off-Broadway director Trip Cullman, who also directed Significant Other, which is opening at the Booth Theatre in March.

Previews for Six Degrees of Separation begin on April 5. Opening night is April 25, and it is scheduled to close on July 16. Tickets for Six Degrees of Separation can be purchased right through Telecharge, where tickets range from $79-$149.


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