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39 reasons to see The 39 Steps



Final 39 performances start tomorrow December 15th.

“The new four person cast has enlivened the show with their own brand of zaniness.  Editor’s Pick!”
New York Magazine

Before Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS begins their FINAL 39 performances tomorrow, December 15th, consider these 39 reasons to see the show!  The final performance is Sunday, January 16, 2011.


1)                 The story is so good, even Hitchcock made a film of it!

2)                Al Pacino saw the show recently and wrote a note to the cast to say “Bravo! What a joy to watch that kind of talent and commitment.  I’m flying high and away!”

3)                In January 2008, the New York Times’ Ben Brantley said: “Absurdly Enjoyable! This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock’s film is fast and frothy, performed by a cast of four that seems like a cast of thousands. You don’t need to have seen the movie to appreciate the accomplishment of the show. Ms. Aitken and company are using their cinematic template to celebrate the art of instant illusion-making that is theater. The actors themselves seem to be having a helluva good time.  As does the audience.”

4)                It’s a smash hit in London too, where it has been delighting audiences since 2006.

5)                It was nominated for four Tony Awards including BEST PLAY!

6)                Tony winning actress Christine Ebersole saw the show and said:  “One of the most spectacularly dazzling nights in the theatre anywhere!!!!! You will either be on the edge of your seat with suspense, or sprawled across your seat with uncontrollable laughter, and when you leave the theatre, you will wish the box office was still open so you could buy another round of SHEER THEATRICAL PERFECTION!!!”

7)                The show played 771 performances & two full years on Broadway, which was the longest run for a play in over seven years.

8)                Entertainment Weekly says “Deliciously farcical! The 39 Steps is all that and a bag of crisps!”

9)                The London Times, The Sunday Times AND the Sunday Express all gave The 39 Steps ****!

10)            The 39 Steps made Entertainment Weekly’s 2010 summer MUST LIST saying, “The 39 Steps is still one of the best bets on the NYC stage.”

11)             The 39 Steps became the first successful long running Broadway play to make the leap to Off-Broadway after its Rialto run.

12)            Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News, has exclaimed, “Hitchcock probably never imagined  his thriller had the makings of a hilarious comedy, but this show is a dizzy delight and an ingenious spoof, inventively directed by Maria Aitken. A fast-paced fun ride!”

13)            Stage legend Lauren Bacall saw the show almost ten times on Broadway! 

14)            The Guardian in London says it’s “Uproariously jolly and splendidly inventive.”

15)            The 6’4” leading man John Behlmann moonlights as an acrobat!

16)            In addition to NYC & London, the show has played in Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Athens, Seoul and across the US & UK on tour.

17)            Backstage critic David Sheward recently proclaimed, “If you haven’t already caught The 39 Steps, step lively.”

18)            39 Steps were a punk band from Canada who appeared in the Woody Allen film Hannah and Her Sisters in a scene set at CBGB’s NYC.  They do not perform in The 39 Steps onstage.

19)            Always the gracious world citizen, The 39 Steps offered free tickets to stranded Icelanders when Mount Eyjafjallajökull erupted.

20)            New York Magazine gushed about the Off-Broadway cast saying, “The new four person cast has enlivened the show with their own brand of zaniness.  Editor’s Pick!”

21)            In 2010, NY Times critic Ben Brantley came BACK to the show and said, “This delicious deconstruction of Hitchcock’s classic film has been happily re-incarnated Off Broadway.”

22)            It won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy!

23)            Every major columnist and press VIP has covered the show, from Liz Smith & Cindy Adams to Robert Osborne & the folks at Vanity Fair!

24)            The 39 Steps is currently donating $5 from every ticket sold through a partnership with the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade to support their breast cancer research and awareness efforts.

25)            President Bill Clinton came with his family and exclaimed: “I loved it!  I loved everything.  I loved the sets and wonderful performances.”

26)            Sound designer Mic Pool won the first EVER Tony Award for Best Sound Design for his amazing work on the show.

27)            London’s The Independent says it’s “Fast-paced, resourceful and attractively tongue-in-cheek.”

28)            It’s the longest running comedy in the West End.

29)            Liz Smith exclaimed: “The most entertaining show on Broadway!”

30)            The London cast can topple buildings with their power!  Click here:  LEGOS

31)            AM New York has said “This show simply refuses to quit, and so much the better.”

32)            If you go to Two Boots Pizza after the show, you can order two special mini calzones created in honor of The 39 Steps: “Mr. Memory Pastry No. 1” and “Mr. Memory Pastry No. 2”.

33)            The show has a chicken, a fish, a parade, a plane crash, dancing girls, dirty cops and secret spies.

34)            It’s funny!

35)            London’s Daily Telegraph says it’s “Dizzyingly entertaining and highly recommended.”


36)            There was a 1959 film version of The 39 Steps directed by Ralph Thomas, who asked Alfred Hitchcock about re-making the movie.  Hitchcock said, “If you have the chutzpah to do it, you go ahead, my son and do it. You won’t do it as well as I did it.”  We know Hitchcock would have liked the stage production!

37)            Broadway.com likes to take pictures of the awesome cast backstageSee the antics for yourself!

38)            Current co-star Cameron Folmar has been with the show since its U.S. debut in Boston in 2007.  He has done more accents in three years than the entire U.N.

39)            You only have 39 more chances to see it.


Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS is currently playing at the New World Stages/ Stage 1 (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues) through January 16, 2011. 

Adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Maria Aitken, THE 39 STEPS is based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and on the book by John Buchan.  

THE 39 STEPS features a cast of four actors who, against all odds, breathlessly and hilariously attempt to reenact all of the characters, locations and famous scenes in Hitchcock’s 1935 film thriller with just a few props and a lot of theatrical ingenuity and split second quick changes.  

The cast features John Behlmann as Richard Hannay, Cameron Folmar as Man #2, Jamie Jackson as Man #1 and Kate MacCluggage as Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret.  The production also features Greg Jackson and Elizabeth Davis.

Set and costume design is by Peter McKintosh, lighting design is by Kevin Adams and sound design is by Mic Pool.  Original movement was created by Toby Sedgwick.  Additional movement is created by Christopher Bayes.  Production stage manager is M. William Shiner.


Tickets ($89.50 – 69.50) are available through Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com.  Student rush is available for $26.50.   All prices include a $1.50 facility fee.  Performances are Monday, Wednesday – Saturday at 8:00 PM, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 3:00PM.  39 tickets are available for $39 for both Wednesday & Thursday evening performances.  Through January 2, $5 will be donated to the Avon Foundation for Breast Cancer Research for every ticket sold using the code TNCALLING9.

Ben Brantley of the New York Times re-visited the show and raved about it here: NewYorkTimesreview

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