Of Mice and Men Revival 2014

Run Time:
2 hours and 35 minutes
Ages: 13+
Opened: April 16, 2014
Closing: July 27, 2014

Of Mice and Men - 2014 - Broadway History , Info & More

Adapted from his own classic novel, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is an essential adventure, an inspirational portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. Of Mice and Men tells the story of George (James Franco) and Lennie (Chris O'Dowd), an unlikely pair of friends drifting from job to job across The Farms and fields of California, holding fast to their dream of one day having an acre of land they can call their own.

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FEATURED REVIEWS FOR Of Mice and Men

Hey, George, We Made It Back to Broadway
7 / 10

Mr. Franco, Mr. O'Dowd and their director, Anna D. Shapiro ('August: Osage County'), face the daunting task of turning folk heroes as fixed as the heads on Mount Rushmore back into pulsing flesh. This shouldn't be impossible...Yet somehow Ms. Shapiro's handsome, meticulously designed production (featuring impressive Walker Evans-evoking sets by Todd Rosenthal) feels about as fluid as a diorama in a history museum. And its two undeniably talented leading men, though known as quirky and adventurous screen stars, here wear their archetypes like armor...Lennie is a role that is pretty hard to get wrong, if the performer has the right physical dimensions. Mr. O'Dowd gives the expected gentle-giant performance, though he uses his left hand in surprisingly delicate gestures that bring affecting grace notes to Lennie's lumbering presence. Though he sports a Yosemite Sam accent, Mr. Franco is often understated to the point of near invisibility. It's a tight, internal performance begging for a camera's close-up.

The ‘Mice’ is right — mostly
8 / 10

There may be no more strikingly different debuts than the ones James Franco and Chris O'Dowd are making in 'Of Mice and Men.' As George, the wandering ranch hand in John Steinbeck's hard-luck 1930s California, Franco is all surface, never giving us any insight into what drives him - he's a very handsome blank.

OF MICE & MEN Star James Franco Guests on LIVE Today
by TV News Desk - July 29, 2014

Today, July 29, 2014 on "LIVE with Kelly and Michael," hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan chat with one of Broadway's hottest stars, James Franco. The Golden Globe-winning actor will join Ripa and Strahan to discuss his upcoming film, "Child of God," which he also directed.

OF MICE AND MEN Ends Broadway Run Today; Revival to be Filmed
by Courtnie Mele - July 27, 2014

The Broadway revival of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men played its final performance today. The producion starred Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco, BAFTA and Tony Award nominee Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester, and Tony and Olivier Award winner Jim Norton. Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, Of Mice and Men was the first 'hit' of the spring, recouping its $3.8 million capitalization in only twelve weeks. The critically acclaimed production originally opened on Wednesday, April 16, at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 West 48 Street).

OF MICE & MEN Star James Franco to Guest on LIVE, 7/29
by Caryn Robbins - July 25, 2014

This Tuesday, July 29, 2014 on “LIVE with Kelly and Michael,” hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan chat with one of Broadway's hottest stars, James Franco. The Golden Globe-winning actor will join Ripa and Strahan to discuss his upcoming film, “Child of God,” which he also directed.

James Franco & Chris O'Dowd-Led OF MICE AND MEN to be Screened Internationally by National Theatre Live!
by Nicole Rosky - July 23, 2014

David Binder has just announced an international broadcast of the critically-acclaimed, smash-hit revival of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men will be the first Broadway show filmed by National Theatre Live. Starring Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco, BAFTA and Tony Award nominee Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Tony and Olivier Award winner Jim Norton, and directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, Of Mice and Men will be filmed at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48 Street) and distributed by National Theatre Live. Screening dates for Of Mice and Men will be announced shortly.

OF MICE AND MEN Enters Final 2 Weeks of Performances on Broadway
by Tyler Peterson - July 15, 2014

Final 2 weeks to see Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco, BAFTA and Tony Award nominee Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Tony and Olivier Award winner Jim Norton in John Steinbeck's masterpiece, Of Mice and Men. Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, Of Mice and Men was the first "hit" of the spring, recouping its $3.8 million capitalization in only twelve weeks. The critically acclaimed production opened on Wednesday, April 16, and will play through Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 West 48 Street).

Photo Flash: Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt and Edward Norton Visit OF MICE AND MEN
by BWW News Desk - July 14, 2014

Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco, BAFTA and Tony Award nominee Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Tony and Olivier Award winner Jim Norton star in John Steinbeck's masterpiece about chasing the American dream, OF MICE AND MEN on Broadway. Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, the critically acclaimed production opened on Wednesday, April 16, and will play through Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 West 48 Street). Scroll down for a recent photo of celebs Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt and Edward Norton visiting backstage with the cast!

Last 4 Weeks to See James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in OF MICE AND MEN, Now Through 7/27
by Courtnie Mele - June 30, 2014

Final 4 weeks to see Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco, BAFTA and Tony Award nominee Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Tony and Olivier Award winner Jim Norton in John Steinbeck's masterpiece about chasing the American dream, Of Mice and Men. Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, Of Mice and Men was the first "hit" of the spring, recouping its $3.8 million capitalization in only twelve weeks. The critically acclaimed production opened on Wednesday, April 16, and will play through Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 West 48 Street).

Photo Coverage: James Franco Greets Fans at OF MICE AND MEN Stage Door
by Walter McBride - June 19, 2014

Of Mice and Men, directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro and starring Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winnerJames Franco, BAFTA and Tony Award nominee Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Tony and Olivier Award winner Jim Norton, recently recouped its $3.8 million capitalization in just twelve weeks, making it the first of the spring to do so. One of the show's biggest draws is its charismatic leading man, James Franco, who greets his fans outside of the Longacre stage door on a regular basis. Below, check out photos from inside the fan frenzy!

OF MICE AND MEN Recoups Broadway Investment!
by Tyler Peterson - June 9, 2014

Of Mice and Men, directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro and starring Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco, BAFTA and Tony Award nominee Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Tony and Olivier Award winner Jim Norton, recouped its $3.8 million capitalization in just twelve weeks, making it the first of the spring to do so. The critically acclaimed production which opened on Wednesday, April 16 and is now in its final seven weeks on Broadway, shattered the house record at the Longacre Theatre and is the first Broadway production of the spring season to recoup its initial investment. The strictly limited engagement will play through Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 West 48 Street).

BWW TV: Meet the 2014 Tony Nominees- Chris O'Dowd on How He's Never Seen OF MICE AND MEN!
by Nicole Rosky - June 6, 2014

Today we continue our Tonys coverage with Chris O'Dowd, a nominee for Best Leading Actor in a Play for Of Mice and Men, who chats about how the community has embraced him, how he has never seen the play before, and more. Check out what he had to say below!

Photo Coverage: OF MICE AND MEN's James Franco, Chris O'Dowd & More Get Sardi's Caricatures
by Walter McBride - May 22, 2014

Just yesterday the cast of OF MICE AND MEN gathered at Sardi's for the official portrait unveilings of for 2014 Tony Award, Drama Desk and Drama League nominee Chris O'Dowd, James Franco, Leighton Meester and Tony Award winner Jim Norton. BroadwayWorld was there for the special occasion and you can check out complete photo coverage below!

OF MICE AND MEN's James Franco Talks PALO ALTO at Barnes & Noble Today
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

OF MICE AND MEN star actor, director and screenwriter James Franco will visit Barnes & Noble at Union Square, NYC today, May 14, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to discuss PALO ALTO.

VIDEO: OF MICE AND MEN's Chris O'Dowd Talks Tony Nom on 'Late Night'
by Caryn Robbins - May 13, 2014

Chris O'Dowd, currently starring in Broadway's 'Of Mice and Men' stopped by last night's LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS and talked about being nominated for a Tony, cheating Airbnb and photobombing Whoopi Goldberg.

OF MICE AND MEN's James Franco to Talk PALO ALTO at Barnes & Noble, 5/14
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2014

OF MICE AND MEN star actor, director and screenwriter James Franco will visit Barnes & Noble at Union Square, NYC on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to discuss PALO ALTO.

VIDEO: Franco, O'Dowd & Meester Chat OF MICE AND MEN on 'The View'
by Caryn Robbins - April 23, 2014

James Franco, Chris O'Dowd and Leighton Meester stopped by ABC's THE VIEW this week to talk about being on Broadway for the first time in 'Of Mice and Men.'

BWW TV: Chatting with James Franco, Chris O'Dowd and the OF MICE AND MEN Cast on Opening Night!
by Nicole Rosky - April 17, 2014

The new Broadway production of Of Mice and Men has officially arrived on Broadway! FeaturingJames Franco, Chris O'Dowd, and Leighton Meester, and with direction by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, the show just opened last night, April 16, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was at the after party to chat with the full company about the production, and you can check out what Franco, O'Dowd, and the rest of the gang had to say below!

New York Times Critic Ben Brantley Responds to James Franco's Jab
by BWW News Desk - April 17, 2014

Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, the new Broadway production of Of Mice and Men officially opened last night, April 16, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre, to mostly positive reviews from the critics. James Franco, who stars as George in the play, wasn't satisfied with a review by New York Times theatre critic Ben Brantley. Franco recently wrote a comment about the review from his official Instagram account (which has since been removed), which was captured by Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson. Franco writes: Sadly Ben Brantley and the NYT have embarrassed themselves. Brantley is such a little bitch he should be working for Gawker.com instead of the paper of record. The theatre community hate him, and for good reason, he's an idiot.

James Franco Calls Out Ben Brantley for New York Times Review of OF MICE AND MEN
by Nicole Rosky - April 17, 2014

Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, the new Broadway production of Of Mice and Men officially opened last night, April 16, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre, to mostly positive reviews from the critics. James Franco, who stars as George in the play, wasn't satisfied with a review by New York Times theatre critic Ben Brantley. Franco recently wrote a comment about the review from his official Instagram account (which has since been removed), which was captured by Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson. Franco writes: Sadly Ben Brantley and the NYT have embarrassed themselves. Brantley is such a little bitch he should be working for Gawker.com instead of the paper of record. The theatre community hate him, and for good reason, he's an idiot.

Of Mice and Men FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Of Mice and Men has had 4 productions including Broadway which opened in 1937, Broadway which opened in 1974, Off-Broadway which opened in 1987 and Broadway which opened in 2014.
Of Mice and Men has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Play for Japhy Weideman.
Of Mice and Men has been nominated for several awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Play at the Drama Desk Awards, Distinguished Performance Awards for James Franco and Chris O'Dowd at the Drama League Awards, Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play at the Drama League Awards, and Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance for Chris O'Dowd at the Theatre World Awards.
Of Mice and Men has won several awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Play at the Drama Desk Awards and the Drama League Awards' Distinguished Performance Award for both James Franco and Chris O'Dowd. The show also received the Drama League Awards for Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play. Additionally, Chris O'Dowd won the Theatre World Awards for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance.

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