Spacey's A Moon for the Misbegotten Hits Broadway in March
O'Neill's only love story, A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN tells the shattering story of Josie Hogan (Best), a towering woman with a quick tongue and a ruined reputation who lives in a dilapidated Connecticut farmhouse with her conniving father, Phil (Meaney). During one long moonlit night fueled by drink and lust, Josie's softer side is exposed through her feelings for Hogan's landlord Jim Tyrone (Spacey), and two implacable souls reveal to each other the grief, longing and unrequited love they've hidden from the world.
Olivier Award winning director Howard Davies originally mounted this production of A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN at The Old Vic last fall. He last teamed with Spacey on the 1999 Broadway smash, The Iceman Cometh.
This production, the sensation of last fall's London season, played a limited 112 performance engagement at The Old Vic from September 15 to December 23, 2006 and set a record as the highest grossing show in the theatre's history. The Broadway production marks lead producer Elliot Martin's 3rd production of the play here, including his Tony winning 1973 production starring Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards that established the play's reputation as a masterpiece in the O'Neill canon.
The award-winning design team for A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN includes scenic design by Bob Crowley, costumes by Lynette Mauro, lighting by Mark Henderson, original music by Dominic Muldowney, sound design by Christopher Shutt and sound system design by T. Richard Fitzgerald & Carl Casella.
The show will play Tuesday - Saturday evenings at 7pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or at (212) 307-4100 exclusively to American Express cardholders beginning Wednesday, January 17th. The Brooks Atkinson box office opens on Monday, February 5th. Tickets range from $102.50 to $82.50 with $26.50 same day student seats available to under 25's only at the box office with valid ID. Premium seats ($201.50-251.50) are available at all performances. All prices include a $1.50 facility fee.
Eve Best (Josie Hogan). Theatre includes Mourning Becomes Electra (Best Actress, Critics' Circle Award), Three Sisters, The Coast of Utopia, The Heiress, The Cherry Orchard (NT); Hedda Gabler (Almeida; Best Actress, Critics' Circle and Olivier Awards); Macbeth (Globe); 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Young Vic; Outstanding Newcomer, Evening Standard Award, Most Promising Newcomer, Critics' Circle Award); Sisters Brothers (Gate); The Promise (BAC); The Misanthrope (Chichester). Television includes "Prime Suspect," "Vital Signs," "Inspector Lynley Mysteries," "Waking the Dead," "Lie with Me," "Shackleton," "HG Wells," "Other People's Children." Films include The Lodge, Brilliant.
Kevin Spacey (Jim Tyrone) is Artistic Director of The Old Vic Theatre Company. In addition to A Moon for the Misbegotten, he has performed in three other productions at The Old Vic since 2004: National Anthems, The Philadelphia Story and Trevor Nunn's production of Richard II, for which he was awarded the Critics' Circle Award for Best Shakespearean Actor and Theatregoer Award for Best Actor. Other theatre credits include The Iceman Cometh (Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best Actor, and Tony Award nomination), Lost in Yonkers (Tony Award, Best Supporting Actor), Long Day's Journey Into Night with Jack Lemmon in the West End and on Broadway, and The Seagull at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC. Extensive film credits include The Usual Suspects (Academy Award, Best Supporting Actor), American Beauty (Academy and BAFTA Awards, Best Actor), Swimming with Sharks, Se7en, LA Confidential, Glengarry Glen Ross and Beyond the Sea, which he also produced and directed.
Colm Meaney (Phil Hogan). Theatre includes Juno and the Paycock (Donmar); The Cider House Rules (Obie Award), Breaking the Code (New York). Television includes "Star Trek," "Covert One: The Hades Factor," "Scarlett," "Random Passage," "Boss Lear," "The Unit," "Law and Order: Criminal Intent." Films include Five Fingers, Perseverance, Intermission, The Boys and Girls from County Clare, Layer Cake, The Dead, The Commitments, The Snapper (Golden Globe Award), The Van, Come See the Paradise, The Road to Wellville, Con Air, Mystery Alaska, Under Siege, This is My Father, The Englishman That Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, Claire Dolan, Four Days, Into the West, Monument Avenue, How Harry Became a Tree (Best Actor, Irish Film Awards).
Howard Davies (Director). Theatre includes The Iceman Cometh (Almeida, Old Vic and Broadway; Olivier, Critics' Circle and Evening Standard Awards), Period of Adjustment, Conversations after a Burial, The Play about the Baby, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Almeida); The Life of Galileo, Paul, President of an Empty Room, The House of Bernarda Alba, Cyrano de Bergerac, Mourning Becomes Electra (Critics' Circle Award), The Talking Cure, All My Sons (Olivier Award), Mary Stuart, The Children's Hour, Long Day's Journey into Night, The Crucible, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The Secret Rapture, The Shaughraun, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Piano, Pygmalion, Hedda Gabler, Chips with Everything, Flight (Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Awards), Battle Royal (NT); Piaf, Good, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (RSC and Broadway); Troilus and Cressida, Penny for a Song, Macbeth, The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs (RSC); Private Lives, The Breath of Life (West End); My Fair Lady, Translations (Broadway); The Cherry Orchard (Sydney). Operas include Idomeneo, Eugene Onegin (Welsh National Opera); I Due Foscari (Scottish Opera); The Italian Girl in Algiers (ENO). Films include The Secret Rapture. Television includes "Blue/Orange," "Armadillo," "Tales from Hollywood," "Copenhagen."
Eugene O'Neill (Playwright) was born in a Broadway hotel room in October 1888. He is credited with raising American dramatic theatre from its narrow origins to an art form respected around the world. His father, James, was one of 19th century America's most popular actors. Eugene worked as a gold prospector and a seaman before falling ill with tuberculosis, and was inspired to become a playwright while reading during his recovery.
Bob Crowley (Set Design). An Associate of The National Theatre, work there includes The History Boys, Mourning Becomes Electra, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ghetto, Hedda Gabler, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges, The Absence of War, The Prince's Play, Richard III, White Chameleon, The Sea, Night of the Iguana, Carousel, The Designated Mourner, The Cripple of Inishmaan, King Lear, Amy's View, His Girl Friday. Other theatre includes Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Plantagenets, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, King Lear, Hamlet (RSC); Mary Poppins (West End and Broadway); Into the Woods, Orpheus Descending (Donmar); The Iceman Cometh, Moonlight, No Man's Land, Cressida, The Judas Kiss (Almeida); Saint Oscar, The Cure at Troy (Field Day). In America: The History Boys, Carousel, Disney's Aida (Tony Awards), The Iceman Cometh, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Twelfth Night, The Capeman (all Tony nominations), The Invention of Love (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), Hapgood, The Seagull, The Sweet Smell of Success; as director, Tarzan. Opera includes The King Goes Forth to France, The Knot Garden, La Traviata (ROH); The Magic Flute (ENO); The Cunning Little Vixen (Paris); Don Giovanni (Munich).
Lynette Mauro (Costume Design) As costume supervisor: Cyrano de Bergerac, Mourning Becomes Electra, His Girl Friday, Ivanov, The Duchess of Malfi, The Oresteia, Chips With Everything (NT); Little Eyolf, The Seagull, A Winter's Tale, Beckett Shorts (RSC); Company, Habeas Corpus, Into the Woods, Proof, The Wild Duck (Donmar); The Iceman Cometh, Moonlight, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Almeida); Benefactors, The Graduate, Vassa (West End). As associate costume designer: Fiddler on the Roof, Nine, The Seagull, The Invention of Love, The Iceman Cometh (New York); Aida (Holland and Germany).
Mark Henderson (Lighting Design) is an associate and lighting consultant to the Royal National Theatre and lighting adviser to The Almeida Theatre. He is a four-time recipient of the Laurence Olivier Award, a Tony Award winner and a three-time Tony nominee. He has lit extensively for all the major theatre, opera and dance companies in the UK and more than 50 West End productions, notably Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Iceman Cometh, The Judas Kiss, Copenhagen, Democracy, Hamlet, The Real Thing (all also on Broadway). Other theatre credits include The History Boys, Faith Healer, Amy's View, Our House, Up for Grabs, Grease (also UK tours), Embers, Spend Spend Spend, Neville's Island, Follies, Mutiny, Passion, A Few Good Men, As You Desire Me and Rowan Atkinson in Revue (also Broadway and world tour). He has also been involved in architectural work including the Royal Court redevelopment and Madame Tussauds (London, Las Vegas and New York).
Dominic Muldowney (Music) was Director of Music at the National 1981-97, where he has written the music for over 80 productions, most recently The House of Bernarda Alba, Cyrano de Bergerac, Mourning Becomes Electra, The Talking Cure, Vincent in Brixton, All My Sons and Remembrance of Things Past. Film and television credits include Betrayal, The Ploughman's Lunch, 1984, The Beggar's Opera, The Ginger Tree, The Black Candle, Tales from Hollywood, Sharpe, Emma, King Lear, Copenhagen, Bloody Sunday, Stella Street. His broadcast operas include The Voluptuous Tango (Sony Award, Prix Italia), Red Razzmatazz. He has also written numerous pieces for major orchestras and soloists, and songs for David Bowie and Sting.
Christopher Shutt (Sound Design). Credits include The Seagull, Burn/ Chatroom/ Citizenship, Coram Boy, A Dream Play, Mourning Becomes Electra, The Talking Cure, Play Without Words, The PowerBook, Humble Boy, Hamlet, Albert Speer, Not About Nightingales, The Darker Face of the Earth, Death of a Salesman, Chips with Everything, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Homecoming, Machinal (NT); Measure for Measure, A Minute Too Late, Strange Poetry (with Los Angeles Philharmonic), The Elephant Vanishes, Mnemonic, The Noise of Time, The Street of Crocodiles, The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol, The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Complicite); King John, Much Ado About Nothing (RSC); Julius Caesar (Barbican); Phaedra, Hecuba (Donmar); The Earthly Paradise (Almeida); Antarctica (Savoy). New York credits: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui; Drama Desk Awards for Not About Nightingales, Mnemonic.
THE OLD VIC (Original Production) is one of the oldest theatres in London and one of the best-known in the world. To us, great theatre is about great plays, great performances and great nights out from the moment you step through the door. Our iconic building has a rich history of great productions from Olivier's Hamlet to Ian McKellen's Widow Twankey. And under the artistic leadership of Kevin Spacey, we continue to attract the best creative talent. We also nurture young actors, writers and directors, and work with schools and our neighbours to bring theatre to a wider audience. Whilst A Moon for the Misbegotten plays on Broadway, Robert Lindsay is starring in the 50th anniversary production of John Osborne's The Entertainer at our London home, and Edward's Hall all-male company, Propeller, is travelling the world with our co-production of two Shakespeare comedies - The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night - including performances at BAM March 17 to April 2. www.oldvictheatre.com