ART by Yasmina Reza as translated by Christopher Hampton opened on Broadway at the Royale Theatre on March 1, 1998 and closed on August 8, 1999 after 20 previews and 600 performances.
Produced by David Pugh, Sean Connery and Joan Cullman; Associate Producer: Dafydd Rogers and Stuart Thompson.
Directed by Matthew Warchus; Scenic & Costume Design by Mark Thompson; Lighting Design by Hugh Vanstone; Sound Design by Mic Pool; Incidental music by Gary Yershon; Associate Scenic Design: Nancy Thun.
Starring from opening until Aug 30, 1998: Alan Alda (Marc), Victor Garber (Serge) and Alfred Molina (Yvan).
Replacement cast from September 1, 1998 until December 20, 1998: Brian Cox (Marc), Henry Goodman (Serge) and David Haig (Yvan).
Replacement cast from December 22, 1998 until May 9, 1999: Joe Morton (Serge), Judd Hirsch (Marc) and George Wendt (Yvan).
Replacement cast from May 11, 1999 -until August 8, 1999: Buck Henry (Marc), George Segal (Serge) and Wayne Knight (Yvan).
Understudies: Tom Hewitt (Serge, Yvan) and John Procaccino (Yvan, Marc). Replacement Understudies: Thomas Schall (Yvan, Serge), Henry Strozier (Yvan, Marc) and Jack Willis (Yvan).
General Manager: Stuart Thompson Productions; Company Manager: Eric Muratalla.
Production Stage Manager: William Joseph Barnes; Production Supervisor: Gene O’Donovan; Stage Manager: Jill Cordle.
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ART is a French-language play by Yasmina Reza that premiered in 1994 at Comédie des Champs-Élysées in Paris. The play subsequently ran in London in 1996.The comedy, which raises questions about art and friendship, concerns three long-time friends, Serge, Marc, and Yvan. Serge, indulging his penchant for modern art, buys a large, expensive, completely white painting. Marc is horrified, and their relationship suffers considerable strain as a result of their differing opinions about what constitutes “art”. Yvan, caught in the middle of the conflict, tries to please and mollify both of them.