Jessica Lange to return to Broadway in ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’

27 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Jessica Lange Is Headed Back To Broadway In A Familiar Role.

NEW YORK (AP) — Jessica Lange will return to Broadway next spring in a production of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” playing the same role she did 15 years ago in London. Avid fans of American Horror Story and Jessica Lange were disappointed to find out that her four-season tenure on the FX anthology series had officially come to an end last year.In a Sunday, March 15, 2015 file photo, Jessica Lange arrives at the 32nd Annual Paleyfest : “American Horror Story: Freak Show” held at The Dolby Theatre, in Los Angeles.Lange will star as the drug-addled Mary Tyrone in a Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s autobiographical masterwork “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” that begins performances in March. 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.

Roundabout Theater Company, the New York nonprofit that last season produced shows that starred Ewan McGregor (“The Real Thing”) and Emma Stone (“Cabaret”), presents the production in association with Ryan Murphy, the TV force (“Glee,” the upcoming “Scream Queens”) who’s worked with Lange on four seasons of “American Horror Story.” British director Jonathan Kent (“Faith Healer,” “Hamlet” with Ralph Fiennes) helms. 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. Lange will play Mary Tyrone, a woman in the grip of morphine addiction, in O’Neill semi-autobiographical play, returning to the part after playing it on the West End in 2000. 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.

Long Day’s Journey is part of RTC’s 50th anniversary season, which includes Therese Raquin (with Keira Knightley), She Loves Me (with Josh Radnor and Laura Benanti), Old Times (with Clive Owen), and Noises Off (with Andrea Martin). This is perfect timing for Tony nominations, and if their previous collaboration is any indication, it looks like this is a sure bet to be a critical success.

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