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‘Prayer for the French Republic’ to open on Broadway

The production will play the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre following an Off-Broadway run in 2022.

(L-R) David Cromer and Joshua Harmon (Credit: Courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown)

Joshua Harmon’s “Prayer for the French Republic” will open on Broadway this fall. The first preview is scheduled for Dec. 19 ahead of an official opening night on Jan. 9, 2024, at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) production will run for a limited engagement, though a closing date has not been announced.

The play initially debuted Off-Broadway at MTC’s New York City Center’s Stage I. That production opened on Feb. 1, 2022, and was extended through March 27 of that year. MTC commissioned the play, which went on to win the 2022 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and the 2022 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play.

David Cromer, who helmed the 2022 production, will return to direct. A full cast and creative team announcement is forthcoming.

“Prayer for the French Republic” follows five generations of a French Jewish family who find themselves questioning their safety in their hometown of Paris decade after decade.

“Joshua Harmon tells a powerful story about facing adversity with grit, humor and courage,” MTC artistic director Lynne Meadow said in a statement. “I’m so proud that MTC is producing the Broadway premiere of this moving, brilliant and timely play.”

The play is being produced on Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club, under the direction of Meadow, outgoing executive producer Barry Grove and incoming executive director Chris Jennings.