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THE BIG KNIFE, Starring Bobby Cannavale, Sets Opening Night for April 16; Performances Begin March 22

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Roundabout Theatre Company has confirmed the opening date for the new Broadway production of The Big Knife by Clifford Odets, starring Emmy® Award winner and Tony Award® nominee Bobby Cannavale and directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes.

The Big Knife will begin previews on March 22, 2013 and open officially on April 16, 2013 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This will be a limited engagement through June 2, 2013.

The full cast & design team will be announced soon.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents an electrifying new production of Clifford Odets' classic tale about keeping your integrity in the face of success. In the golden age of Hollywood cinema, actors may have all the glory, but studio execs have all the power. The Hoff-Federated studio has had its most successful star, Charlie Castle, over a barrel ever since it helped cover up a mistake that could have ended his career. When a woman with insider knowledge threatens to come forward, the studio heads will stop at nothing to protect Charlie's secret... but how far is he willing to go before he quits the movie business for good? Set in a glossy world of rumor mills and rocky friendships, Clifford Odets' The Big Knife is a riveting, bitingly funny look at how challenging it can be to stay true to yourself—when everyone expects you to play a part.

This is the first new Broadway production since The Big Knife premiered on Broadway in 1949, directed by Lee Strasberg. Clifford Odets is currently represented on Broadway with Golden Boy playing at the Belasco Theatre.

Director Doug Hughes is Roundabout Theatre Company's Resident Director. For Roundabout, he most recently staged the world premier of Maury Yeston's musical Death Takes a Holiday and the Broadway production of Mrs. Warren's Profession starring Cherry Jones & Sally Hawkins, A Man For All Seasons starring Frank Langella, A Touch of the Poet starring Gabriel Byrne and A Naked Girl on the Appian Way starring Jill Clayburgh and Richard Thomas.

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