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Of Mice and Men - 2014 - Broadway

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.

Schedule

Running Time: 2 hours and 35 minutes

Longacre Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
220 West 48th Street Seating Chart
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Featured Reviews For Of Mice and Men


Review: 'Of Mice and Men' finds James Franco in CliffsNotes mode - LA Times
In playing George opposite Chris O'Dowd's lumbering, mentally challenged, bunny obsessed Lennie in Anna D. Shapiro's gleaming yet hollow production, Franco delivers a performance that is the equivalent of a term paper on John Steinbeck's 1937 novella written the night before it was due with help from a double-shot of energy drink. He's obviously an actor of wide-ranging intelligence, but his intellectualism doesn't serve him here. His acting -- unspontaneous, utterly devoid of reflexes and lacking the gremlin smirk of his best film work -- happens strictly from the neck up. Rather than inhabiting moments and making connections with his fellow performers, he plays a series of ideas, turning up the dial on impatience, anger and loneliness when required but remaining more or less disembodied from his circumstances...O'Dowd, making a worthier Broadway debut, submits himself more wholly to the task at hand. But the character of Lennie, with his child's mind trapped inside a giant's body, is a difficult role to credibly reinvent.

Theater Review: The James Franco Project Continues, With Of Mice and Men - Vulture
Lennie is the showier role, and O'Dowd, in his Broadway debut, does not waste its opportunities. (Who knew from his appearances on Girls and in Bridesmaidshe could be so masterful?)...O'Dowd normalizes Lennie with a degree of humor and self-consciousness that's disarming...George has no such ingratiations to offer the audience, except the complicated love for his friend. As a result, Franco, a better actor than his meta-shenanigans sometimes suggest, gets off to a shaky start...Later though, as George becomes more protective and unselfish, Franco not only aligns himself with the part but justifies his star casting. The ambiguity of the bond between Lennie and George -- a bond regarded by other characters with suspicion or approval -- is well served by the ambiguity Franco bears with him always, like a perfume.


 



 

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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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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!
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).
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!
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).
by BroadwayWorld TV - 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.