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Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart to Have Its Broadway Premiere

Seminal play brought AIDS crisis to center stage in early years of epidemic













March 16, 2011 - Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking play, The Normal Heart, will have its Broadway premiere in a 12-week run beginning April 19. Produced by Daryl Roth and directed by Joel Grey, the production will feature an all-star cast including Ellen Barkin, John Benjamin Hickey, Joe Mantello, Lee Pace, and Jim Parsons. 

The story of a city in denial, The Normal Heart unfolds like a real-life political thriller -- as a tight-knit group of friends refuses to let doctors, politicians and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic behind a wall of silence. First produced by Joseph Papp at New York’s Public Theater, the play was a critical sensation and a seminal moment in theater history.  So ahead of its time was this play that many of the core issues it addresses – including AIDS, gay marriage, and the healthcare system – are just as relevant today as they were when it first premiered. 

Tuesday performances of the play will be followed by a series of talkbacks led by distinguished members of the community, which will further illuminate the themes and historical context of the play.

Official t-shirts for The Normal Heart, designed and produced by Kenneth Cole Productions, will be available at the theater for $30. amfAR will receive 100 percent of the net profits (approximately $20) from each shirt sold.

Tickets, priced from $26.50 to $116.50, can be ordered from or by calling (212) 239-6200.  For further details, click here.