First, it was an early Alfred Hitchcock film that was known for "putting the man in romance." (The 1935 flick starred Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll, as well as a very young Peggy Ashcroft.)
Then, several generations later, it became a West End sensation, winning last year's Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. (The official wording on the prize was "John Buchan's The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon at the Criterion.")
Now, this evening, The 39 Steps opens at Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre for a limited run through March 29.
The show is described by Roundabout as:
...a hilarious whodunit, part spy thriller and part slapstick comedy, adapted for the stage from the famous film and novel.And it's all done with a mere four cast members -- Arnie Burton, Charles Edwards, Jennifer Ferrin and Cliff Saunders -- portraying a variety of roles.
I'll be taking in a performance in the weeks to come, so no SOB Review just yet. But I'll provide my critics' capsule tomorrow.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
Click here for tickets.
39 Steps To The Great White Way (September 6, 2007)
Sunday At The Grosvenor House With Laurence (February 19, 2007)