Good Night, Oscar, which opened at the at the Belasco Theatre on April 24, completes its limited engagement August 27. Directed by Lisa Peterson, the newest play by Pulitzer winner Doug Wright began previews April 7.
In the piece, Sean Hayes plays Oscar Levant, a respected wit from Hollywood's mid-century whose self deprecating style of humor made him a familiar face on the late night television circuit. For his performance, Hayes received the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.
Wright's play is set in 1958, while Jack Paar is hosting The Tonight Show. He’s booked his favorite guest, Levant. In 90 minutes, Levant will have audiences howling, censors scrambling, and, when it’s all over, America will be just a little less innocent than she was before. The work premiered in 2022 at Chicago's Goodman Theatre with Hayes leading the cast.
Hayes is joined by Marchánt Davis as Alvin Finney, Alex Wyse as Max Weinbaum, Emily Bergl as June Levant, Peter Grosz as Bob Sarnoff, Ben Rappaport as Jack Paar, and John Zdrojeski as George Gershwin. The production's understudies are Sam Bell-Gurwitz, Postell Pringle, Max Roll, Thomas Michael Hammond, and Stephanie Janssen.
Good Night, Oscar features scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Emilio Sosa, lighting design by Ben Stanton and Carolina Ortiz Herrera, sound design by André Pluess, music supervision by Chris Fenwick, wig, hair, and makeup design by J. Jared Janas, casting by Stephen Kopel, and dramaturgy by Jacqueline E. Lawton.
David Lurie-Perret is production stage manager, and Penelope Daulton is company manager. Incidental music within the piece is played by Leandro Varady on the piano, Christopher Merril on the upright bass, Marques Carrol on the trumpet, and Robert Dicke on the drums.
The production's creative consultant is Tramell Tillman, production management is by Juniper Street Productions, and general management is by Allan Williams and Andrew Joy for Foresight Theatricals. Raz Golden is the associate director.