VIDEO: Jeff Daniels Says Starring in Broadway's BLACKBIRD 'Is a Great Honor'
Jeff Daniels stopped by today's LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL, (with special guest co-host Malin Akerman sitting in for Kelly) to talk about his return to Broadway in the compelling drama BLACKBIRD. "What's most gratifying is that it's really hard to do," explained Daniels, "and to be challenged at this point in my career is a great honor." Watch the appearance below!
Known for such films as "Terms of Endearment," "The Purple Rose of Cairo," "Arachnophobia" and his critically acclaimed television role in "The Newsroom," Daniels has received several prestigious nominations, as well as two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. Outside of screen work, Daniels has many stage credits to his name, including "God of Carnage," "The Golden Age," "Redwood Curtain," and "Fifth of July." Daniels is also a musician and songwriter, and is currently performing his music on tour.
Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams currently star in David Harrower's Olivier Award-winning dramaBlackbird. The production, directed by Joe Mantello, began previews Friday, February 5, and opens on Thursday, March 10, at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44thStreet). Blackbird will play an 18-week limited engagement through June 12, 2016.
BLACKBIRD tells the story of Una and Ray. Fifteen years earlier they had a relationship and haven't set eyes on each other since. Now she's found him again.
BLACKBIRD premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival before moving on to London's West End where it won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in a production directed by Peter Stein. The drama was subsequently produced in New York by Manhattan Theatre Club in a production starring Jeff Daniels andAllison Pill, directed by Joe Mantello.