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  • Writer's pictureAugust Sorenson

Danny DeVito Returning to Broadway


Photo Credit: The Roundabout Theatre Company

Alumnus Danny DeVito (’66) will star on Broadway with his daughter, Lucy (marking her Broadway debut), in Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy I Need That. The show will play with Roundabout Theater Company’s new season, including a revival of Samm-Art Williams’ Home. The father-daughter dynamic continues onstage, with Danny DeVito playing a widower struggling to move on and Lucy playing his daughter.


No stranger to the stage, his early days post-graduation led him to perform at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. He worked with his future wife in plays produced by the Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective. In 1975, DeVito played Martini in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a role he played off-Broadway in 1971.


Following a long career with successful television and film roles—Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Batman Returns, Terms of Endearment, The War of the Roses, and Matilda—DeVito has pivoted back to stage work in recent years. His West End acting debut came in the 2012 revival of Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys, and his Broadway debut in Arthur Miller’s The Price (he would receive a Tony nomination for his work) in 2017.


The actor’s first audition was famously for The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. At the time, DeVito was working at his sister’s beauty parlor and, in search of a professional makeup instructor, enrolled at The Academy.


Visit the link for more information on I Need That and watch DeVito showcase a little of his signature humor in the video promo below:




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