July 25, 2007

Des McAnuff To Direct The Farnsworth Invention on Broadway!

July 25th, 2007

Theatermania.com reports that Des McAnuff will direct the Broadway production The Farnsworth Invention. Hank Azaria and Jimmi Simpson will star in Aaron Sorkin’s play that will begin previews at the Music Box Theatre on October 15, with an official opening on November 14. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

The play centers around the bitter conflict that pitted Philo T. Farnsworth (Simpson), a boy genius who invented television as a high school student in 1927, against David Sarnoff (Azaria), the head of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA).

The design team will include Jersey Boys’ Klara Zieglerova (scenic design), David C. Woolard (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), and Walter Trarbach (sound design). The show will also feature original music by Andrew Lippa and choreography by Lisa Shriver.


  1. I’ve been a big Philo Farnsworth fan ever since I got an antique Farnsworth console AM/SW radio several years ago. It’s good that Philo Farnsworth is finally getting the respect he always deserved, like the Four Seasons are now getting as a result of Jersey Boys. Philo’s wife, Pem Farnworth, was the first person ever to be on TV! Who’s going to play Pem Farnsworth in the play?

    Comment by Ted Hammond — July 26, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

  2. My husband and I went to New York City a few weeks ago and went to see the Jersey Boys. Works cannot describe how much we enjoyed the show. If any of you are thinking about a trip to the big apple I highly recommend the show.

    Comment by A.Cordoba — July 26, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

  3. I saw “The Farnsworth Invention” in LaJolla. Very well done!! Glad it’s going to Broadway.

    Comment by Brenda — July 26, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  4. Ted, Jimmi Simpson will play Farnsworth in the upcoming play.

    Comment by Administrator — July 27, 2007 @ 8:21 am

  5. I found a source that said that Alexandra Wilson would portray Philo’s wife, Pem.

    Comment by Ted Hammond — July 27, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

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