33 Variations

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Eugene O'Neill Theater

230 West 49th Street

Two hours and 40 minutes, one 15-minute intermission

March 9, 2009 (Limited engagement: May 24th 2009)

Broadway Drama

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After more than a forty-five year absence Oscar and Emmy Award winning actress Jane Fonda returns to the Broadway stage in a compelling new drama. 33 Variations began previews at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in February and is scheduled to officially open on March 9, 2009. The story deals with a musicologist obsessed with Beethoven who must race against time to unravel a mystery that will ultimately create her own legacy.

The story focuses on Katherine Brandt and takes place in present day New York but cleverly journeys back to 19th century Austria retelling a cryptic story of the past. In 1819 publisher Anton Diabell commissioned fifty composers to write a variation to a waltz he had created. Beethoven rejected his request and dismissed the waltz as nothing but ordinary. He then went on to create thirty-three variations of the waltz. But the mystery remains why? Katherine must decipher the clues left behind in Beethoven’s notebooks to figure out his motives. Beethoven’s music is beautifully intertwined throughout the plot to create a melodically intense story.

Academy Award winner Fonda heads up a cast of eight including Samantha Mathis (Grey’s Anatomy), Colin Hanks (Mad Money) and Zach Grenier (A Man for All Seasons). Fonda made here Broadway debut in 1960 where she earned a Tony nod for her performance in There was a Little Girl. She went on to star in three more productions including Invitation to March and Strange Interlude. She has not appeared on the Broadway stage since 1963 but has instead made an impressive film career for herself including her Oscar winning role in Coming Home, On Golden Pond, The China Syndrome and the television film The Dollmaker for which she won an Emmy Award. The production was written and is being directed by Moises Kaufman (I am My Own Wife).

Don’t miss your chance to experience this fascinating drama as it is on a limited engagement and is scheduled to close on May 24, 2009. It is certainly a rare opportunity to see this talented and eclectic cast together in a story that will more then pique your interest. This one is definitely for the classical music lover!

33 Variations Tickets Information

33 Variations tickets are selling at the box office for between $67 - $117. Premium seats and sold out show times are running between $89.00 and $315.00. To view a great online selection of 33 Variations Tickets click the link.

Show Times

Wed & Sat 2pm
Sun 3pm

Tue through Sat 8pm


Take the C, E trains to 50th Street & 8th Avenue.

Take the 1, 9 trains to 50th Street & Broadway.

Take the N, R trains to 49th Street & 7th Avenue.

Take the B, D, F, Q trains to 47-50 Streets & 6th Avenue.


Jane Fonda - Katherine Brandt
Samantha Mathis - Clara Brandt
Colin Hanks - Mike Clark
Zach Grenier - Ludwig van Beethoven
Don Amendolia - Anton Diabelli
Susan Kellermann - Dr Gertie Ladenburger
Erik Steele - Anton Schindler
Diane Walsh - Pianist musical/director


Written and Directed by - Moisés Kaufman
Set Design - Derek Mclane
Costume Design - Janice Pytel
Lighting Design - David Lander
Sound Design - Andre J Pluess
Porjection Design - Jeff Sugg
Choreography - Daniel Pelzig
Hair - Chalres Lapointe

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