Frost/Nixon to Open at the Jacobs Theatre April 22
The acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production, which has received three Olivier Award nominations including Best New Play, will officially open on April 22, 2007 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street) for a 20-week limited engagement. Preview performances will begin March 31.
Additional casting for Broadway is underway for the ten actors in the play.
Frost/Nixon recently transferred to London's West End following a sold-out run at the Donmar Warehouse. Prior to coming to Broadway, the production is playing at the Gielgud Theatre through February 3, 2007.
Revisiting Frost/Nixon, critic Nicholas de Jongh said in The Evening Standard: "No other West End production surpasses Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon for serious-minded excitement and black comedy, or offers a performance to which that misused adjective 'great' applies," and continued, "As Nixon, Frank Langella manages an extraordinary acting feat. Michael Sheen's Frost, already an expert piece of mimicry, has magnificently deepened and darkened. Michael Grandage stages a swift, brilliant production. I was enthralled, amused and enlightened."
Alastair Macauley in The Financial Times said of Frost/Nixon: "It is a must-see: often comic, full of suspense and juicily interesting. Surely it's also a must-transfer-to-Broadway? One of its two leading actors, Frank Langella (Richard Nixon), is already a long-term Broadway star. To watch him act beside Britain's own Michael Sheen is a major theatrical event."
Frost/Nixon tackles the question: How did David Frost, a famous British talk-show host with a playboy reputation, elicit the apology that the rest of the world was waiting to hear from former President Richard Nixon? The fast-paced new play shows the determination, conviction and cunning of two men as they square off in one of the most monumental political interviews of all time.
Frost/Nixon is Peter Morgan's first stage play and was developed with Matthew Byam Shaw. His screenplay for The Queen starring Helen Mirren and Michael Sheen has garnered Morgan an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, as well as the Golden Globe, Venice Film Festival, New York Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics, and British Independent Film Awards in the same category. His other current film work includes The Last King of Scotland, which earned Morgan a British Independent Film Award nomination. Other films include Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence, and the forthcoming The Other Boleyn Girl with Scarlett Johansson.
Two-time Tony Award-winner Frank Langella plays Richard Nixon. His recent Broadway credits include Match, Fortune's Fool (Tony Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play), Present Laughter and The Father (Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play). He also received the Best Featured Actor in a Play Tony Award for his role in Edward Albee's Seascape. For television, his work includes "10.5 Apocalypse," "The Water Is Wide," and "Jason and the Argonauts;" and for film, Superman Returns, Starting Out in the Evening and Good Night and Good Luck.
Michael Sheen plays David Frost. The award-winning actor can be seen currently in Peter Morgan's film, The Queen, portraying Prime Minister Tony Blair (BAFTA nomination, Actor is a Supporting Role). He made his Broadway debut as the title character in Peter Shaffer's Amadeus and his previous Donmar production was the award-winning Caligula (Evening Standard and Critic's Circle Awards for Best Actor, Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor). His other films include Dead Long Enough, The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse, Kingdom of Heaven, Laws of Attraction, Bright Young Things, Underworld, The Four Feathers and Wilde.
Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Michael Grandage directs. Previous work for the Donmar includes The Cut (also UK tour), The Wild Duck (Critics' Circle Award for Best Director), Grand Hotel-The Musical (Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production & Evening Standard Award for Best Director), Pirandello's Henry IV (also UK tour), After Miss Julie, Caligula (Olivier Award for Best Director), The Vortex, Privates on Parade, Merrily We Roll Along (Olivier Award for Best Musical & Critics' Circle Award for Best Director), Passion Play (Evening Standard & Critics' Circle Awards for Best Director) and Good. Grandage has just directed Patrick Marber's Don Juan in Soho and is about to direct a new version of John Gabriel Borkman in the forthcoming Donmar season. His productions of Guys and Dolls (for the Donmar Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production) and Evita are currently running in the West End. Other theatre work in the West End includes Don Carlos and Suddenly Last Summer.
Donmar Warehouse The Donmar is a not-for-profit producing theatre in London's Covent Garden producing six shows a year. It has had a long and successful history of presenting its work in the West End, on tour, and on Broadway. Current Productions in the West End include Frost/Nixon and Guys and Dolls, and the recent A Voyage Round My Father. Past transfers include Design for Living with Rachel Weisz and Rupert Graves (1994), The Glass Menagerie starring Zoë Wanamaker (1995/96), Company with Adrian Lester (1996), The Real Thing with Stephen Dillane (2000), Peter Nichols' Passion Play directed by Michael Grandage (2000), Boston Marriage directed by Phyllida Lloyd (2001; Olivier Award nomination: Best New Comedy) 2001 and Mary Stuart also directed by Phyllida Lloyd (2005; Southbank Show Award for Best Play). Recent Donmar productions to tour the UK include Guys and Dolls, Henry IV, This Is How It Goes and The Cut.
Donmar-generated work in New York includes Cabaret on Broadway, directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall (1998); Electra starring Zoë Wanamaker at the McCarter Theatre and later on Broadway (1998; Tony Award nomination: Best Play); The Blue Room with Nicole Kidman and Iain Glen (1998); the multi award-winning The Real Thing (Tony Award Best Play Revival) directed by David Leveaux in 2000; True West directed by Matthew Warchus; The Public Theater and Donmar collaboration of Take Me Out (winner of the Tony Award for Best New Play) (2002/2003); Twelfth Night/Uncle Vanya at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (2003); and Nine (2003).
Performance Schedule and ticket information to follow.
Broadway: Belber's Match, Turgenev's Fortune's Fool, Strindberg's The Father, Coward's Present Laughter, Schaffer's Amadeus, Rabe's Hurlyburly, Nichols' Passion, Albee's Seascape, Coward's Design for Living, Marowitz's Sherlock's Last Case, Hamilton-Dean's Dracula, Gibson's A Cry of Players, Lorca's Yerma. Off-Broadway: Rostand's Cyrano, Miller's After the Fall, Lowell's The Old Glory: Benito Cereno, Webster's The White Devil, Von Kliest's The Prince of Homburg, Gide's The Immoralist, Pendleton's Booth, Shakespeare's The Tempest, and A Christmas Carol (Menken/Ahrens). Films: Lolita; Dave; The Ninth Gate; Dracula; 1492; The Conquest of Paradise; Those Lips, Those Eyes; I'm Losing You; Diary of a Mad Housewife; The Twelve Chairs; The House of D; Back in the Day; Good Night, and Good Luck; and Superman Returns. Directors include George C. Scott, Arthur Penn, Roman Polanski, Adrian Lyne, Sir Peter Hall, Mike Nichols, Susan Stroman, Ivan Reitman, Scott Elliot, Ridley Scott, John Tillinger, George Clooney, Bryan Singer, Denys Arcand, and Mel Brooks. Television: PBS' "Eccentricities of a Nightingale" and Chekhov's "The Seagull," ABC's "The Beast," HBO's "The Doomsday Gun" and Vonnegut's "Monkey House" for Showtime. Honors: Induction into the 2003 Theatre Hall of Fame, two Tonys, five Drama Desks, three Obies, the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama League, the National Society of Film Critics, the Cable Ace Award as well as Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. Several dozen roles in America's leading regional theatres include Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Anouilh's Ring Round the Moon, Whiting's The Devils, Bolt's A Man for All Seasons, Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady, Shepard's The Tooth of Crime and Barker's Scenes from an Execution.
At London's Donmar Warehouse: Caligula (2003 Evening Standard & Critics' Circle Awards for Best Actor). Other theatre includes: The UN Inspector, Look Back in Anger (nominated for an Olivier), The Homecoming, Ends of the Earth (National Theatre), Amadeus (West End, Los Angeles & Broadway; nominated for an Olivier for Best Actor), Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Dresser (Drum, Plymouth), The Seagull (UK tour), Look Back in Anger, Charley's Aunt, Romeo and Juliet (Manchester Royal Exchange), Livre de Spencer (Theatre National de L'Odeon, Paris), Peer Gynt (Oslo, Tokyo & London), Moonlight (Almeida & West End), Don't Fool With Love (Cheek by Jowl & Donmar), When She Danced (Globe, West End). Film: The Queen (2006 Toronto Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Circle and New York Film Critics online as well as Utah Film Critics Association and Kansas Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor), Blood Diamond, The Banker (Winner of BAFTA Best Short Film), The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse, Kingdom of Heaven, Laws of Attraction, Bright Young Things, Underworld, Timeline, Heartlands, The Four Feathers, Wilde, Othello, Mary Reilly. Television: "Fantabulosa," "Dirty Filthy Love" (BAFTA nomination for Best Actor), "The Deal" (BAFTA winner Best Single Drama), "Gallowglass." Radio: "The West Pier," "Wiglaf," "White Merc With Fins," "The Life of Christ," "Strangers on a Train," "Alaska," "The Importance of Being Earnest," "Sailing With Homer," "The Left Over Heart," "Much Ado about Nothing," "The Blind Men," "Hamlet."
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