Cole Escola's Oh, Mary! Completes Extended Off-Broadway Run May 12; Broadway's Next | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Cole Escola's Oh, Mary! Completes Extended Off-Broadway Run May 12; Broadway's Next

Escola stars opposite Conrad Ricamora, and both will transfer with the campy comedy to Broadway's Lyceum in June.

Conrad Ricamora and Cole Escola in Oh Mary! Emilio Madrid

Cole Escola's Oh, Mary! completes its three-times extended Off-Broadway run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre May 12, but a Broadway transfer is next. The campy comedy will head to the Lyceum Theatre for a 12-week limited run beginning June 26 ahead of a July 11 opening night.

Written by and starring Escola, Oh, Mary! centers on famous First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln in the weeks leading up to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. In Escola's demented take (or, as press notes put it, "through the lens of an idiot"), Mary Todd becomes a madcap, cabaret-obsessed alcoholic. The piece opened Off-Broadway February 8, later earning three 2024 Outer Critics Circle nominations (including Outstanding New American Play and nods for Escola and Conrad Ricamora's performances) and an Off Broadway Alliance Award nomination for Best New Play. Read reviews for the Off-Broadway run here.

The cast features Escola as Mary Todd Lincoln, Ricamora as Mary's Husband, James Scully as Mary's Teacher, Bianca Leigh as Mary's Chaperone, and Tony Macht as Mary's Husband's Assistant. The complete Off-Broadway cast, including understudies Hannah Solow and Peter Smith, will reprise their work on Broadway.

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Escola's screenwriting credits include At Home With Amy Sedaris and The Other Two, and they've appeared as an actor in Difficult People, Mozart in the Jungle, At Home With Amy Sedaris, and Big Mouth, among others. They released a comedy special on YouTube titled Help! I'm Stuck With Cole Escola in 2021, and an homage to '70s westerns Our Home Out West in November.

Sam Pinkleton is at the helm, leading a creative team that includes scenic designer dots, costume designer Holly Pierson, lighting designer Cha See, sound designer and composer Daniel Kluger, wig designer Leah J. Loukas, and music arranger David Dabbon. Gowns for Cole Escola are by Astor Yang, and casting is by Henry Russell Bergstein. Bryan Bauer and Ryan Patrick Kane are production stage manager and assistant stage manager, respectively.

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Oh, Mary! is produced by Kevin McCollum and Lucas McMahon and Mike Lavoie and Carlee Briglia.


Photos: Cole Escola's Oh, Mary! Off-Broadway

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