Tony-Winner Norbert Leo Butz to Star in ENRON on Broadway
Norbert Leo Butz will star in the role of Jeffrey Skilling, the former president of Enron in the upcoming Broadway production of ENRON.
Lucy Prebble's new play ENRON will play The Broadhurst Theatre (235 W. 44th St. between 8th and Broadway), beginning previews on Broadway on April 8, 2010 and opening on April 27, 2010.
Norbert Leo Butz, most recently seen on Broadway in the revival of David Mamet's Speed the Plow, and last seen in Seattle on the national tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a performance that won him a Tony, as well as awards from Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and the Drama League. Other notable productions include originating the role of Fiyero in Wicked and performing in the original cast production of Rent, while more recent productions have included Is He Dead? and The Last Five Years and Catch Me If You Can in Seattle.
Inspired by the real-life financial scandal of 2001, ENRON, which was commissioned by Headlong Theatre, premiered this past summer at the Minerva Theatre Chichester, and then moved for a six-week run at The Royal Court Theatre where it played through November 8, 2009. The play will transfer to West End's Noel Coward Theatre in January, 2010
Inspired by real-life events and using music, dance and video, ENRON explores one of the most infamous scandals in financial history, reviewing the tumultuous 1990s and casting a new light on the financial turmoil in which the world currently finds itself.
Directed by Rupert Goold, the production features scenic and costume design byAnthony Ward, lighting by Mark Henderson, music and sound by Adam Cork, video and projection by Jon Driscoll and movement by Scott Ambler. Casting for the Broadway production is to be announced.
Headlong Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and Royal Court Theatre production of ENRON will be produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Matthew Byam Shaw, Act Productions, Caro Newling for Neal St. Productions and The Shubert Organization.
Lucy Prebble won the George Devine Award and the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright for her debut play The Sugar Syndrome at The Royal Court Theatre. On television, her work includes creating the series Secret Diary of a Call Girl. ENRON is her second play.
Rupert Goold's previous productions include Minerva Theatre Chichester's staging of Macbeth with Patrick Stewart (that transferred to the West End and Broadway) and Six Characters in Search of an Author. Additional credits include Time and the Conways at the National Theatre, Pete Postlethwaite in King Lear, and West End productions of Pinter's No Man's Land and Oliver! (currently at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane). He most recently directed Turandot for English National Opera which opened at the London Coliseum in October.
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