URI alumnus, South Kingstown native Andrew Burnap reprises ‘The Inheritance’ role on Broadway

Play opens in previews Sept. 27 at Ethel Barrymore Theatre

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Andrew Burnap ’13. Photo by Colby Blanchet
Andrew Burnap ’13. Photo by Colby Blanchet

KINGSTON, R.I. – Sept. 25, 2019 – University of Rhode Island theater alumnus Andrew Burnap is headed to Broadway to reprise his role in the award-winning, U.K. hit “The Inheritance,” which opens in previews Sept. 27.

“The Inheritance,” Matthew Lopez’s two-part, six-hour epic, captured four Laurence Olivier Awards – including for best new play – during its critically acclaimed London run, which ended in January. The New York cast includes five actors from the London production, including Kyle Soller, who won an Olivier Award for best actor, and John Benjamin Hickey, a previous Tony Award winner.

“The Inheritance” opens in previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theater on Friday, Sept. 27, with an official opening Nov. 17. The play follows the stories of three generations of gay men living in New York City a generation after the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and ‘90s.

Burnap, 27, who grew up in South Kingstown, R.I., originated the role of Toby Darling, a young actor developing a best-seller for the stage. Burnap won the part after appearing in Lopez’s “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” during which he impressed the playwright. According to a 2018 New York Times profile, Lopez called Burnap “one of the most exciting young actors I’d ever encountered.”

In a review of “The Inheritance,” New York Times critic Matt Wolf called Burnap’s London debut “a revelation in a role that is part Lucifer, part J.M. Barrie-style lost boy.”

Burnap graduated in 2013 from URI with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in acting, and from the Yale School of Drama in 2016. Besides appearing in “The Legend of Georgia McBride” in Los Angeles, he has played the leading role in “Troilus and Cressida” for Shakespeare in the Park, and appeared in “The Day Forward,” both in New York.