The Broadway revival of Children of a Lesser God doesn’t officially open until the spring, but the cast and crew are already hard at work.
Stars Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff joined producer Nyle DiMarco this week for the show’s first rehearsal, and PEOPLE has an exclusive first look.
Ridloff is starring as Sarah (first portrayed by Marlee Matlin in the 1986 film), a young deaf woman working as a janitor at a school for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Jackson stars opposite Ridloff as James, a teacher who arrives at the school and eventually develops a romantic relationship with Sarah.
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“I am so thrilled to join this talented group of producers on a project that is incredibly important and personal to me,” DiMarco previously said in a statement. “The opportunity to be involved in the creative process of a such a spectacular Broadway show is a challenge I am excited to conquer.”
Performances directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon begin on March 22 ahead of opening night on April 11 at Broadway’s Studio 54.