Dinner at Eight (play)
Dinner at Eight is a 1932 American play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. The plot deals with the Jordan family, who are planning a society dinner, and what they, as well as various friends and acquaintances—all of whom have their own problems and ambitions‚ do as they prepare for the event.
|Dinner at Eight|
First edition 1932
|Written by||George S. Kaufman|
|Date premiered||October 22, 1932|
|Place premiered||Music Box Theatre, |
New York City
- For the 1933 film version, see Dinner at Eight (1933 film).
1932 Broadway production
Dinner at Eight, a three act Broadway play, opened October 22, 1932, at the Music Box Theatre, and closed May 6, 1933 after 232 performances. The play was produced by Sam H. Harris, staged by George S. Kaufman; Assistant Director: Robert B. Sinclair. To date the original 1932 production of Dinner at Eight has had the longest run with 232 performances vs. the 1966 and 2002 revivals with 127 and 45 performances, respectively.
- Ann Andrews as Millicent Jordan
- Marguerite Churchill as Paula Jordan
- Constance Collier as Carlotta Vance
- Malcolm Duncan as Oliver Jordan
- Austin Fairman as Dr J. Wayne Talbot
- Paul Harvey (actor) as Dan Packard
- Sam Levene as Max Kane
- Conway Tearle as Larry Renault
- Judith Wood as Kitty Packard
- Olive Wyndham as Lucy Talbot
1966 Broadway revival
The revival opened on Broadway on September 27, 1966, at the Alvin Theatre and closed on January 14, 1967, after 127 performances.
- Judith Barcroft as Paula Jordan
- Robert Burr as Dan Packard
- Mindy Carson as Lucy Talbot
- Arlene Francis as Carlotta Vance
- June Havoc as Millicent Jordan
- Phil Leeds as Max Kane
- Jeffrey Lynn as Dr J. Wayne Talbot
- Darren McGavin as Larry Renault
- Walter Pidgeon as Oliver Jordan
- Pamela Tiffin as Kitty Packard
2002 Broadway revival
The revival opened on Broadway on December 19, 2002 and closed on January 26, 2003 after 45 performances and 28 previews. Produced by Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop: Artistic Director; Bernard Gersten: Executive Producer. Directed by Gerald Gutierrez.
- Joanne Camp as Lucy Talbot
- Kevin Conway as Dan Packard
- John Dossett as Dr. J. Wayne Talbot
- Christine Ebersole as Millicent Jordan
- Joe Grifasi as Max Kane
- Byron Jennings as Larry Renault
- James Rebhorn as Oliver Jordan
- Marian Seldes as Carlotta Vance
- Emily Skinner as Kitty Packard
- Samantha Soule as Paula Jordan
- David Wohl as Mr. Fitch
The play received 2003 Tony Award nominations for Best Revival of a Play, Best Featured Actress in a Play (Ebersole and Seldes), Best Scenic Design (John Lee Beatty), and Best Costume Design (Catherine Zuber).