Jessica Lange to return to Broadway in 2016 a familiar role

26 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Jessica Lange re-teaming with Ryan Murphy for Broadway Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

Lange will make her long-rumored return to Broadway in a new production of Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night, produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Murphy. The 66-year-old stat has previously headlined Broadway revivals of Tennessee Williams’ plays, “The Glass Menagerie” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.” “I loved Mary Tyrone,” Lange wrote in a forward to an edition of O’Neill’s play. “I longed to get to the theater each evening so I could experience her. Another stage and screen veteran, Gabriel Byrne, will play the Tyrone patriarch James; and John Gallagher, Jr. (Spring Awakening) will appear as their younger son, Edmund.

Directed by Jonathan Kent, the production will begin previews on March 31, 2016, before its official April 19 opening at the American Airlines Theatre. Lange plays recovering morphine addict Mary Tyrone, following her Olivier Award-nominated performance in the role in a 2000 production on the West End. The last Broadway revival of O’Neill’s 1956 play — the story of the Tyrone family and their battle to unearth and conceal a lifetime of secrets, and drawing heavily on the playwright’s personal history — was a starry production in 2003, starring Brian Dennehy, Vanessa Redgrave, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robert Sean Leonard and directed by Robert Falls. An Emmy and Oscar winner, Lange would stand a strong chance of completing the coveted EGOT should she be included in the Tony Awards conversation (so long as someone gives her a juicy audiobook to read). Byrne, who stars as Tyrone family patriarch James, last appeared on Broadway in another Roundabout revival of an O’Neill play, “A Touch of the Poet” in 2005.

Murphy, who holds the stage rights to “Long Day’s Journey,” approached Todd Haimes, the theater’s artistic director, with the idea of a production with Ms. The production is part of Roundabout’s 50th Anniversary Season and will be presented along with Harold Pinter’s “Old Times,” starring Clive Owen, “Thérèse Raquin,” starring Keira Knightley, and “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn, over the 2015-2016 season. Byrne won the Golden Globe for In Treatment; his TV and film resume also includes Miller’s Crossing, The Usual Suspects, Excalibur, Into the West, Little Women, Dead Man, The End of Violence, The Man in the Iron Mask, Vanity Fair, Jindabyne and Wah‐Wah. Drawing so heavily from the author’s personal history that it could only be produced posthumously, the story centers on the Tyrones, a dysfunctional family with a drug-addicted mother, penny-pinching father and two troubled sons.

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