In focus: Hollywood stars on Broadway
From Sunset Boulevard to treading the boards
From Ewan McGregor to Hugh Jackman, Buro 24/7 charts the stars of Hollywood taking a trip to Broadway from this year to next – with advance tickets for next season going on sale now...
James Franco and Chris O'Dowd will make their first Broadway appearances as George and Lennie in an upcoming revival of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D Shapiro, the new Longacre Theatre production stars the Hollywood actors as two Californian migrant workers struggling to find jobs in the 1930s.
American dreamer George will be portrayed by Franco, while Irish O'Dowd will take on the role of the mentally handicapped, well-intentioned Lennie – the opening night of Of Mice and Men is scheduled for April 16 and will mark the first time that Broadway has hosted the classic play since 1975.
Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker
Directed by Lynne Meadow, The Commons of Pensacola – on stage since November and closing this month – centres on Judith (Blythe Danner), a woman who has been divested of her assets and forced to leave her luxurious New York life after her husband's Wall Street scam became headline news. When her daughter Becca (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Becca's filmmaker boyfriend pay Judith a visit to the one-bedroom condo Judith now occupies in Pensacola, Florida, everyone's motives are called into question.
It has ben announced that the star will appear in a revival of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing at American Airlines theatre next year. McGregor will play Henry, a glib and unhappily married playwright, which will run from October 2 until the following January.
It is a role – and, indeed, a play – with serious calibre on Broadway. The drama has been produced twice before, picking up Tony awards for best new play and best revival each time...
Tony winner Michael Grandage's critically acclaimed West End production of Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan, starring Radcliffe in the title role and making a highly anticipated return to the Broadway stage, is heading to Broadway's Cort Theatre with its entire London cast. The production will play a strictly limited engagement April 12 through July 20. Opening night is set for April 20.
Hugh Jackman may have vanished from the play Houdini, in which he was set to feature as the famed illusionist – however he shall be materialising again on Broadway next season for 2015/16 in The River, a play from London by Jez Butterworth.
Jackman is known as Broadway's No. 1 box office draw, and withdrew from the Houdini musical due to scheduling issues... Only to return again in a different play, much to many a dedicated theatre fan's delight.