Sean Hayes
Sean Hayes (Photo: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

“Good Night, Oscar” will open on Broadway in spring of 2023.

Doug Wright’s new play, starring Sean Hayes as actor and concert pianist Oscar Levant, will begin previews on Apr. 7 and officially open on Apr. 24 at the Belasco Theatre. Lisa Peterson will direct.

Set in 1958 as Jack Paar is hosting “The Tonight Show,” the play unfolds when he books his favorite guest: Levant.

Joining Hayes in the cast will be Ben Rappaport as Jack Paar, along with Emily Bergl, Peter Grosz, and John Zdrojeski — all of whom were featured in the world premiere staging at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in spring of 2022. Additional Broadway casting will be announced at a later date.

Rounding out the creative team are Rachel Hauck (set design), Emilio Sosa (costume design), Ben Stanton and Carolina Ortiz Herrera (lighting design), Andre Pluess (sound design), Chris Fenwick (music supervision), J. Jared Janas (wig, hair and makeup design), Stephen Kopel, Lauren Port and Rachael Jimenez (casting) and Jacqueline E. Lawton (dramaturgy). 

“I’m thrilled for Broadway audiences to experience ‘Good Night, Oscar,’” Hayes said. “Oscar Levant was a multifaceted pioneer, from concert pianist to infamous raconteur. It’s an honor to be portraying one of my heroes.”

The Broadway production will run for a 20-week limited engagement, concluding on Aug. 27, 2023.

“Good Night, Oscar” will be produced on Broadway by Grove Entertainment (Beth Williams, Mindy Rich), Barbara Whitman, Hazy Mills Productions, Yonge Street Theatricals and Frank Marshall.