Network w. Brian Cranston at the National

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Posted: 1/27/17 at 9:18am

According to Variety, Brian Cranston will be starring in a stage version of "Network" directed by Ivo Van Hove at the National Theatre in London. 

What a timely piece!

http://variety.com/2017/legit/news/bryan-cranston-howard-beale-in-network-revival-at-national-theatre-in-london-1201971009/

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Posted: 1/27/17 at 9:41am

Bryan Cranston* 's involvement hopefully spells a transfer so we don't all have to book flights out there.

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Posted: 1/27/17 at 1:55pm

neonlightsxo said: "Bryan Cranston* 's involvement hopefully spells a transfer so we don't all have to book flights out there.

 

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Yes to this! Especially since I don't fly.

 

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Posted: 1/27/17 at 2:52pm

MarkBearSF said: "According to Variety, Brian Cranston will be starring in a stage version of "Network" directed by Ivo Van Hove at the National Theatre in London. 

What a timely piece!

 

 

Network is that rare film that has managed to remain timely since the day it was released over 40 years ago.

 

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Posted: 1/27/17 at 2:57pm

I wonder if this means the rumored Damn Yankees revival has been shelved.

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Posted: 1/27/17 at 2:59pm

This is wonderful news! What an exciting collaboration!

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Posted: 1/27/17 at 3:14pm

What was the intended timeline of Damn Yankees? Was it supposed to be this year?

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Posted: 1/27/17 at 3:15pm

Damn the Yankees, I'm mad as hell and would rather have Network.

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Posted: 1/27/17 at 3:21pm

neonlightsxo said: "What was the intended timeline of Damn Yankees? Was it supposed to be this year?

 

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I'm not sure. It's possible that they might be planning for 2018, which could mean back-to-back productions for Cranston. That may not be something he'd want. But that's all just speculation on my part.

"You travel alone because other people are only there to remind you how much that hook hurts that we all bit down on. Wait for that one day we can bite free and get back out there in space where we belong, sail back over water, over skies, into space, the hook finally out of our mouths and we wander back out there in space spawning to other planets never to return hurrah to earth and we'll look back and can't even see these lives here anymore. Only the taste of blood to remind us we ever existed. The earth is small. We're gone. We're dead. We're safe." -John Guare, Landscape of the Body
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Posted: 1/27/17 at 3:41pm

I'd shelve Damn Yankeestoo, to work with Ivo Van Hove. Maybe if we're lucky, we'll get both. 

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Posted: 1/27/17 at 4:08pm

Stage Door Sally said: "Damn the Yankees, I'm mad as hell and would rather have Network."

 

Same.

 

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Posted: 1/27/17 at 5:15pm

Damn Yankees is a B musical that relies on the leading lady.  Cranston would be wise to steer clear of it.  Network sounds like a wonderful project all around.

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Posted: 1/27/17 at 6:23pm

I was thinking of the economics of a transfer, and as an expensive non-musical, it could be a difficult prospect. especially after he leaves following a limited contract. Then I thought again. Howard Beale could be played in many different ways and offers the meatiest bits of ham for any actor of a certain age (assuming they can carry off 8 shows a week in an exhausting role). Kevin Kline, Kevin Spacey, even William Shatner or Whoopi Goldberg. So it could get some longevity to recoup.

Diana is another meaty role - and, being non-musical, could be open to more actresses. And Max would be great for Nathan Lane (fits into his choice of role recently) or N.L. Butz. 

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Posted: 1/27/17 at 6:29pm

Ivo van Hove is a judicious cutter. 

 

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Posted: 1/27/17 at 7:50pm

Cranston is a good fit for the material, though I'm really curious to see what van Hove does with it. 

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Posted: 1/27/17 at 11:51pm

FrankieSay said: "Ivo van Hove is a judicious cutter. 

 Seems painful---like circumcision.


 

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Posted: 1/28/17 at 12:24am

 If the National Theater announced this today, then they've been planning it for a while. We only first heard mention of a possible Damn Yankees revival this week. My guess is that they foresee the musical being on a later timeline.

 

Network will likely be one of those enormous cast affairs that virtually only the RNT can afford to mount-- that will make a transfer only likely if it gets out of the park reviews in London.

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Posted: 1/28/17 at 1:42am

Having seen van Hove's NYC shows, this seems an odd choice for him. A little commercial? But curious to see what he comes up with. Hopefully it's smarter than The Crucible staging. 

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Posted: 1/28/17 at 6:17am

TweetyPie2 said: "Yes to this! Especially since I don't fly."

Ironic username/avatar then, no?

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Posted: 1/28/17 at 6:38am

neonlightsxo said: "Bryan Cranston* 's involvement hopefully spells a transfer so we don't all have to book flights out there."

It will almost certainly be on NT Live.