Box Office Opens March 1st For RED At The Golden Theater
The box office at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street) opens Monday, March 1 for RED, the critically acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of a new American play by John Logan about the master of twentieth century abstract impressionism, Mark Rothko. RED opens on Broadway on Thursday, April 1 for a limited 15-week engagement. Previews begin on Thursday, March 11.
RED stars Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne, who created their roles in the world premiere production this winter at the Donmar. The production is directed by Donmar artistic director Michael Grandage. RED marks playwright Logan's Broadway debut.
"Following the wonderful response to Hamlet earlier this season, I am delighted the Donmar will be returning to Broadway to present John Logan's brilliant new play," commented director Grandage. "With two outstanding performances from Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne, this thrilling 90-minute piece about the great New York artist Mark Rothko now has an opportunity to engage with a wider audience."
"I am so honored to continue a wonderful partnership with the Donmar, under Michael Grandage's brilliant leadership," said producer Arielle Tepper Madover. "This is the fourth Donmar production I've moved to Broadway, following Frost/Nixon, Mary Stuart and Hamlet, but it's a special thrill to be presenting the Donmar's electrifying production of this great new American play on Broadway."
Eddie Redmayne is appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors' Equity Association for its assistance to this production.As part of the Donmar's commitment to greater accessibility, producer Arielle Tepper Madover has announced that more than 60 tickets priced at $25 will be available at every performance through Telecharge.com and the Golden Theatre box office. RED is set in 1958 as New York artist Mark Rothko (Alfred Molina) has received the art world's largest commission to create a series of murals for The Four Seasons restaurant in the new Seagram building on Park Avenue. Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, Ken (Eddie Redmayne) and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Rothko faces his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. RED is a moving and compelling account of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, whose struggle to accept his growing riches and praise became his ultimate undoing.
RED opened December 8, 2009 at the Donmar to raves for John Logan's script, the performances of acclaimed stage and screen star Alfred Molina and newcomer Eddie Redmayne and Michael Grandage's production. "Intense, bitchily witty. A brilliantly acted production. Molina plays Rothko splendidly. Redmayne is thrilling to watch," wrote Paul Taylor, The Independent. "Michael Grandage's production is riveting. Audiences will find themselves engrossed and held rapt. Molina and Redmayne's individual strengths are remarkable, but it's the quality of their listening to each other that makes them mesmerizing," cheered David Benedict, Variety. "It's a measure of the play's success that it makes you want to rush out and renew acquaintance with Rothko's work. Michael Grandage's beautiful production is, as always, actor-driven," raved Michael Billington, The Guardian. "John Logan's stunning new play is the most compelling drama I've seen all year," hailed Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune. "Sizzling, intellectually thrilling. Michael Grandage's production is superb."
The production is designed by Christopher Oram, with lighting design by Neil Austin. Composer and sound designer is Adam Cork.
Tickets ($116.50-$25) are available through Telecharge.com by phone at 212-239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com. Performances are Tuesday - Saturday at 8:00 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00, Sunday at 3:00 PM. Beginning the week of April 12, Tuesday performances at 7:00 PM.
ALFRED MOLINA (Mark Rothko) For the Donmar: Destry Rides Again. Theatre: include Howard Katz (New York), Art (New York), Fiddler on the Roof (New York), Molly Sweeney (New York) The Cherry Orchard (Los Angeles), Night of the Iguana, Speed-the-Plow (National Theatre), Serious Money (Royal Court), Can't Pay? Won't Pay! (Criterion), Taming of the Shrew (RSC). Film: Silk, The Da Vinci Code, Spider Man 2, Boogie Nights, Anna Karenina, The Perez Family, Enchanted April, Prick Up Your Ears, Frida, Chocolat, Magnolia, As You Like It, The Hoax, Hideaway, Maverick, Raiders of the Lost Ark, An Education, The Tempest.
EDDIE REDMAYNE (Ken) For the Donmar: Hecuba. Theatre: Now or Later (Royal Court), The Goat (Almeida/Apollo) Master Harold & the Boys (Liverpool Everyman), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare's Globe at the Middle Temple Hall). Film: Black Death, The Yellow Handkerchief, Glorious 39, Savage Grace, The Other Boleyn Girl, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Good Shepherd, Like Minds. Television: "The Pillars of the Earth," "Tess of the D'Urbervilles," "Elizabeth I".
JOHN LOGAN (Playwright) has written 14 plays including Never the Sinner, Hauptmann: Speaking in Tongues; Scorched Earth and Riverview. His new adaptation of Ibsen's The Master Builder appeared on the West End in 2003. He is a member of the Victory Gardens Theatre Playwright Ensemble. Logan's work as a screenwriter includes Sweeney Todd (Golden Globe award); The Aviator (Oscar, Golden Globe and WGA nominations); Gladiator (Oscar, Golden Globe and WGA nominations); The Last Samurai; Any Given Sunday and RKO 281 (WGA award, Emmy nomination).
MICHAEL GRANDAGE (Director) is Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse. Previous work for the Donmar includes Hamlet, Madame De Sade, Twelfth Night and Ivanov (Donmar West End at the Wyndham's Theatre - Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Awards for Best Director for Ivanov), The Chalk Garden (Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Awards for Best Director), Othello, John Gabriel Borkman, Don Juan in Soho, Frost/Nixon (also West End and Broadway), The Cut, The Wild Duck (Critics' Circle Award for Best Director), Guys and Dolls (Donmar in the West End - Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production), Grand Hotel (Evening Standard Award for Best Director, Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production), Henry IV, After Miss Julie, Caligula (Olivier Award for Best Director) and Passion by Peter Nichols. Other West End work includes Evita. He was the Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres 1999 - 2005, where his work included Don Carlos (Evening Standard Award for Best Director).THE DONMAR WAREHOUSE is one of London's leading producing theatres and has garnered critical acclaim at home and abroad for its unparalleled catalogue of work. Since 1992, Donmar-generated productions have received 35 Olivier Awards, 20 Critics' Circle Awards, 21 Evening Standard Awards and 14 Tony Awards. The Donmar has a long and successful history of presenting its work outside of its home in Covent Garden. Productions in the West End include Ivanov, Twelfth Night, Madame De Sade and Hamlet in the Donmar West End season at the Wyndham's - Piaf, Mary Stuart, Frost/Nixon, A Voyage Round My Father, Guys and Dolls, Design for Living, The Glass Menagerie, Company, The Real Thing and Passion Play. Productions on Broadway include Hamlet, Mary Stuart, Frost/Nixon, Cabaret, Electra, The Blue Room, The Real Thing, True West, Nine and the Public Theater and Donmar collaboration of Take Me Out.
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