Goodman Theatre Confirms THE ICEMAN COMETH With Nathan Lane, et al. Will Not Open on Broadway
Robert Falls' major revival of THE ICEMAN COMETH will not take a Broadway bow, the theatre confirmed to the Chicago Tribune this morning.
Producer Scott Rudin, who holds the rights to produce the show on Broadway, had decided not to bring the show to Broadway, and logistic concerns - including the length of the show, Nathan Lane's availability and the cost to operate it in a Broadway house - kept other producers from investing.
The production, which concluded June 17 at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, is led by Tony Award-winning stage and screen star Nathan Lane as Theodore "Hickey" Hickman, the quintessential purveyor and slayer of pipe dreams. The 18-member cast is one of the largest ensembles to take the Goodman stage in recent years. Tony Award-winner Brian Dennehy portrays one-time syndicalist-anarchist Larry Slade, joined by mix of local and out-of-town actors as the motley assortment of former soldiers of fortune, entrepreneurs, political dissidents and social outcasts in Harry Hope's saloon.
In 1994, Rudin won Best Musical Tony Award for his production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Passion. The following year, he, along with others, produced Kathleen Turner's Broadway comeback, Indiscretions, and Ralph Fiennes New York theatre debut in Hamlet. In 1996, Rudin produced the revival of the Stephen Sondheim and Larry Gelbart musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which starred Lane, Ernie Sabella and Mark Linn-Baker. Among Rudin's many other credits are this season's One Man, Two Guvnors and the Tony Award-winning revival of Death of a Salesman.
Due to high demand for tickets, Goodman Theatre had extended the run of THE ICEMAN COMETH for six additional performances through June 17.