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The 2014-2015 Broadway Season

You Can't Take It with You
James Earl Jones stars in the classic Kaufman and Hart comedy.

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Longacre Theatre
Opening Night - September 28 2014
Final Performance - February 22 2015
A scene from Kaufman & Hart's "You Can't Take It with You."A scene from Kaufman & Hart's You Can't Take It with You. Photo by: Joan Marcus


Family can do crazy things to people. And the Sycamore family is a little crazy to begin with. James Earl Jones heads the wackiest household to ever hit Broadway in Kaufman and Hart’s classic comedy. He plays wily Grandpa Vanderhof, leader of a happily eccentric gang of snake collectors, cunning revolutionaries, ballet dancers and skyrocket makers. But when the youngest daughter brings her fiancé and his buttoned-up parents over for dinner, that’s when the real fireworks start to fly.


  • A television sitcom based on the play aired for three episodes in 1987-88.
  • The kittens that perform during the show (under the supervision of past Tony Honors recipient Bill Berloni) are offered for adoption through a partnership with the Humane Society of New York.


The play debuted in December, 1936 at the Ambassador Theatre, and has previously been revived on Broadway 4 times. A 1938 film adaptation won the Academy Award as Best Picture, as well as Best Director for Frank Capra. CBS broadcast a TV version in 1979; a 1984 PBS telecast was based on a Broadway revival.


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Revised March 3, 2015


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