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Lincoln Center Theater pushes back first preview of ‘Uncle Vanya’; further casting announced

The Heidi Schreck-adapted revival of Chekhov’s classic will begin a day later than planned.

Jonathan Hadary will appear in the revival of Anton Chekhov's “Uncle Vanya” (Creedit: Jim Spellman/Getty Images)

Lincoln Center Theater (LCT) has delayed the first preview of its “Uncle Vanya” revival. Performances of Anton Chekhov’s 1897 drama will now start on April 3; they were originally slated to begin on April 2. The play, which features a new translation by Heidi Schreck and direction by Lila Neugebauer, will open as planned on April 24 and run through June 16 at LCT’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. 

Also newly announced are two final cast members: Tony Award nominee Jonathan Hadary as Waffles and Spencer Donovan Jones as Neighbor. 

Hadary received a 1990 Best Featured Actor in a Musical Tony Award nomination for his turn as Herbie in “Gypsy.” He made his Main Stem debut in 1977’s “Gemini”; his other Broadway credits include replacing in 1982’s “Torch Song Trilogy,” 1992’s “Guys and Dolls” and 2005’s “Spamalot.” Hadary originated roles in 1985’s “As Is,” the 2000 revival of “The Best Man,” 2005’s “All Shook Up” and LCT’s 2006 revival of “Awake and Sing!” and 2012 staging of “Golden Boy.”

“Uncle Vanya” will mark Jones’ Broadway debut. He previously appeared in the ensemble of LCT’s national tour of its Tony-winning 2015 “King and I” revival, in addition to understudying the roles of Prince Chulalongkorn and Louis Leonowens. His regional credits include playing Chip in “Beauty and the Beast,” Young Tarzan in “Tarzan” and Jerome in “South Pacific” at St. Louis’ Muny. 

Hadary and Jones will appear alongside the previously announced Steve Carell as Vanya, William Jackson Harper as Astrov, Jayne Houdyshell as Maria, Mia Katigbak as Marina, Alfred Molina as Alexander, Alison Pill as Sonia and Anika Noni Rose as Elena. Casting is by Daniel Swee and Camille Hickman.

Newly announced for the creative team is Elizabeth Harper, who will share lighting-design duties with the previously announced Lap Chi Chu.

“Uncle Vanya” is being produced by Lincoln Center Theater, under the leadership of producing artistic director André Bishop.