Starring Stephen Dillane (Henry), Jennifer Ehle (Annie), Joshua Henderson (Brodie), Nigel Lindsay (Max), Charlotte Parry (Debbie), Oscar Pearce (Billy) and Sarah Woodward (Charlotte).
Understudies: Tina Benko (Annie, Charlotte), Matthew Greer (Billy, Brodie), Tina Jones (Debbie) and Ray Virta (Max, Henry).
Associate Scenic Design: Nancy Thun; Associate Costume Design: Irene Bohan; Assistant Lighting Design: Michael Jones, and Philip Rosenberg; Associate Sound Design: Duncan Edwards
General Manager: 101 Productions,Ltd.; Company Manager: Judith Drasner; Associate General Manager: David Auster; Assistant Company Manager: Todd Shotz
Production Stage Manager: Bonnie L. Becker; Technical Supervisor: Peter Fulbright, Tech Production Services,Inc., Elliot Bertoni, and Robert J. Pitiger and Stage Manager: Kimberly Russell.
UK Casting: Anne McNulty; Marketing: Pro-Marketing; Online Marketing: Toby Simkin / BuyBroadway Inc.; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; US Casting: Jim Carnahan.
As Founder and CEO of Theatre.com and BuyBroadway.com. The pioneer in moving the Broadway industry onto the internet. The theatre press branded me as “Toby is the man pushing theatre, kicking and screaming, into cyberspace.” What started in 1989 as a Broadway industry service called ShowCall via dialup BBS for members of the League of American Theatre Producers evolved onto the world wide web in the early 90’s, and shortly after this, the vast majority of Broadway shows (starting with my production of Victor/Victoria) and theatrical organizations followed. The “Super site of Broadway” became a publicly traded company, prior to my re-branding it as Theatre.com at the Minskoff Theatre.
Described by Variety Magazine as a “marketing powerhouse“, it was the single largest theatre community in the world with over 180,000 active members (in the 1990’s this was massive). From buying official Broadway tickets and souvenirs, providing detailed global show listings, interactive show study & educational guides, live streaming shows and events (including many Opening Nights live broadcasts), industry news from major theatre journalists, pictures and videos, games, messaging directly to Broadway cast’s backstage or even licensing a musical, theatre.com offered it all in a single, easy-to-use interface to theatregoers globally.
Henry is a playwright not so happily married to Charlotte, the lead actress in his play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When Henry’s affair with their friend Annie threatens to destroy his own marriage, he discovers that life has started imitating art. When Annie leaves her husband so she and Henry can begin a new life together, he can only wonder: is their love the real thing?
The original Broadway production of “The Real Thing” opened at the Plymouth Theatre on January 5, 1984 under the auspices of Emanuel Azenberg, The Shubert Organization, Icarus Productions, Byron Goldman, Ivan Bloch, Roger Berlind & Michael Codron. Mike Nichols directed a cast which included Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Christine Baranski, Peter Gallagher & Cynthia Nixon.
This production originated at the Donmar Warehouse/London and comes to New York directly from a West End engagement at the Albery (1/13 – 3/18/00).