Review: Born Yesterday

Stop for a second and think about when the last time was you and your spouse or significant other had a night out together. Can’t remember? It’s ok, you’re not alone. But it’s important in every relationship to break out of the norm once in a while. Remember, you’re not just parents, you’re a couple too. Having a date night can really reinvigorate both of you, in your relationship with each other, and even as parents. If you’re trying to think of something different to do for date night, you should definitely consider seeing Born Yesterday, which is currently in previews at the Cort Theatre in Manhattan. It’s a fun, romantic comedy, with emphasis on the comedy and not so much on the romance, for all the manly men out there.
The show has had a rich history since opening in 1946. It was adapted into a movie in 1950, then revived again on Broadway in 1989. A remake of the movie was made in 1993, starring Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, and John Goodman. Now back for a third run with a stellar cast, Born Yesterday proves yet again to be timeless. The story is about a street thug turned tycoon who hires a writer to teach his girlfriend how to act properly, a concept she reluctantly embraces at first, then runs with it when she learns enough to realize he’s corrupt. There’s an underlying love story, but you’ll have to see the show to find out what it is.

The cast this time around includes Jim Belushi as the ignorant and arrogant tycoon Harry Brock, Robert Sean Leonard as the writer turned tutor Paul Verrall, and Nina Arianda as the redeemable Billie Dawn, who steals the show. The cast has a natural chemistry that makes the show flow effortlessly, but the real show-stopper is the set. Almost a character in itself, when the curtain rises, and you see the set for the first time, you can’t help but applaud, as many audiences have already. No detail was overlooked in creating this fantastic scenery, right down to the books on the shelves and the booze on the bar.

Opening night will be on Sunday, April 24th, and tickets range in price from $26.50 to $121.50. The show runs Tuesdays through Sundays, with two performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The theatre is dark on Mondays, and is located at 138 W48th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues in Manhattan. For more information on the show, or to purchase tickets, visit

Jesseca Stenson