Tony Award-nominated and Emmy-winning actor Danny DeVito will return to Broadway as part of Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2023-2024 season. DeVito will appear alongside his real-life daughter, Lucy DeVito, in “I Need That,” a new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright Theresa Rebeck.
Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel will direct the play, which is set to open at the American Airlines Theatre in October. The cast will also include Ray Anthony Thomas.
The play follows the reclusive Sam (Danny DeVito), who prefers the safety of his house and the company of his many, many things. Soon, a notice from the government arrives alerting Sam that he must clean up his property or face eviction.
“I Need That” will mark Danny DeVito’s second Broadway credit. He made his Main Stem debut in Roundabout’s 2017 revival of “The Price” (also at the American Airlines), a performance which earned him a Tony nomination. He won an Emmy for his turn on the television series “Taxi” and earned an Oscar nomination as a producer on “Erin Brockovich.”
Lucy DeVito, who has been seen Off-Broadway in “Hot Mess” and “The Shoemaker,” will make her Broadway debut in “I Need That.” Ray Anthony Thomas’ Main Stem credits include “American Buffalo,” “Trouble in Mind” and “Jitney.”
Playwright Rebeck, a Pulitzer finalist for “Omnium Gatherum,” has been represented on Broadway with the plays “Bernhardt/Hamlet,” “Dead Accounts,” “Seminar” and “Mauritius.” She is also known in theater circles as the creator of the television series “Smash”; Rebeck earned a pair of Emmy nominations for writing episodes of “NYPD Blue.”
Also newly announced for Roundabout’s new Broadway season is a spring 2024 revival of Samm-Art Williams’ 1980 Tony-nominated play “Home.” Tony winner Kenny Leon will direct the production, which will also be mounted at the American Airlines Theatre. The play follows a man named Cephus Miles, whose love, Pattie Mae, goes off to college and marries another man.
In addition to “Home,” Williams has been represented on Broadway with the 1975 play “The First Breeze of Summer.” He has been twice Emmy-nominated as a writer on the variety program “Motown Returns to the Apollo” and as a producer of the comedy series “Frank’s Place.”
In addition to “I Need That” and “Home,” Roundabout will be announcing one additional Broadway production. Further casting, creative teams and exact dates for all productions will also be announced.
Roundabout’s 2023-2024 season announcement additionally includes Off-Broadway productions of “The Refuge Plays” by Nathan Alan Davis, “Covenant” by York Walker and “Jonah” by Rachel Bonds.
Roundabout Theatre Company is produced under the leadership of artistic director and CEO Todd Haimes.