One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Broadway

A hit novel that became a hit play that became a hit film! Jack Nicholson played the leading role of McMurphy in the movie as a charming rogue who pleads insanity to get out of his latest prison sentence. Unfortunately, his plan backfires and he is sent to a mental institution where he clashes head on with a fierce disciplinarian by the name of Nurse Ratched. McMurphy and Ratched compete for the hearts and minds of the other patients in a power struggle of wits and charisma versus smarts and tyranny. He leads his fellow patients out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the World Series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and loose women. The play stands as one of the finest dramatic and heart-wrenching scripts in modern theatre and culminates in both a shocking yet somehow sweet ending. (Contains some adult language)

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by Audition Roundup - Sep 30, 2018
Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, September 30, 2018 for productions in your area and around the country.
by Stage Tube - Sep 29, 2018
Westport Country Playhouse stages "Man of La Mancha," the Tony Award-winning musical about Don Quixote's quest for "The Impossible Dream," now playing through October 14. Directed by Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, the story of Quixote's battle for good and the love of his fair maiden is written by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh, and lyrics by Joe Darion.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2018
Playhouse on Park continues its Mainstage Series with Dale Wasserman's unforgettable story that explores the beauty and danger of being original: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Ezra Barnes, who won Connecticut Critics Circle Best Director for his work on Season Nine's The Diary of Anne Frank, returns to direct this play.   
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2018
Written by Nobel Prize Award-winner Luigi Pirandello, in a new version by Nicholas Wright, Naked begins performances Today, September 27 at 7pm at The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, MA. Opening night is set for Saturday, September 29 at 7pm. Directed by Eric Hill (BTG: At Home at the Zoo, The Homecoming, Poe), the production features: David Adkins (Homeland BTG: The Petrified Forest, At Home at the Zoo) as Alfredo Cantavalle; Haley Aguero (BTG: Tarzan, The Music Man) as Emma; James Barry (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson BTG: The Caretaker, The Who's Tommy) as Franco Laspiga; Jeffrey Doornbos (A Thousand Miles Behind) as Consul Grotti; Tara Franklin (Sleep No More BTG: At Home at the Zoo, The Homecoming) as Ersilia Drei; Barbara Sims (A Streetcar Named Desire BTG: Benefactors) as Signora Onoria; and Obie and Drama Desk Award-winner, Rocco Sisto (The King and I BTG: The Homecoming) as Ludovico Nota. This production is sponsored by Lead Sponsor, Bobbie Hallig; Furlano and Arace, PC; The Westifeld News Group; Massachusetts Cultural Council and The Shubert Foundation.
by Audition Roundup - Oct 7, 2018
Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, October 7, 2018 for productions in your area and around the country.
by Stage Tube - Oct 4, 2018
A brand new trailer and production photography have been released for Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth's co-production The Unreturning. The trailer is produced by TEAFilms.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2018
Telling the interwoven stories of three men coming home from war, this new work by Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting winner Anna Jordan is directed by Frantic Assembly associate director Neil Bettles and marks the 10th anniversary of Frantic Assembly's award-winning Ignition training programme. The cast includes Jared Garfield, Joe Layton, Jonnie Riordan and Kieton Saunders-Browne.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2018
Playhouse on Park continues its Mainstage Series with Dale Wasserman's unforgettable story that explores the beauty and danger of being original: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Ezra Barnes, who won Connecticut Critics Circle Best Director for his work on Season Nine's The Diary of Anne Frank, returns to direct this play.   
by Neil Shurley - Oct 29, 2018
'McMurphy is playing a game with the other characters on the ward and what fun is a game without response and countermoves?'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2018
Following the inaugural summer of Shakespeare in the Park in Bergen County and season opener One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Black Box Studios is proud to announce the 2nd main stage show of the 2018-2019 season: a new production of Spring Awakening. With book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, Spring Awakening is a rock musical adaption of the seminal play Spring's Awakening by Frank Wedekind.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2018
Playhouse on Park is proud to announce the phenomenal cast for Dale Wasserman's One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, opening on October 31. 
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2018
Save big with Playhouse on Park's special Tuesday matinee of Dale Wasserman's One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest! For our friends who are on a budget, we offer deeply discounted tickets for this show, on November 6 at 2pm.  
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2018
Are you a Young Professional between the ages of 21 and 35? Do you love connecting and learning from your peers in a creative environment? Do you love a night out at the theater? Do you like saving money?! If the answer is yes, then Playhouse on Park is the place for you!
by Nancy Grossman - Oct 16, 2018
Theater Uncorked returned to the First Church Cambridge this past weekend for two performances of a staged reading of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, a 1963 play by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel of the same name by Ken Kesey. Lest the inmates run the asylum, the strong directorial hand of Bobbi Steinbach kept the chaos under control, presumably in a kinder, gentler way than Nurse Ratched's managerial style. Her staging made it feel like so much more than a reading, especially in the group scenes, where the bonding and banter among the patients rang true. There was nary a weak link in the ensemble, and the leading players were so strong in their characterizations that my mind drew a blank when trying to imagine anyone else as Ratched (Kerry A. Dowling), Randle P. McMurphy (Gene Dante), or Chief Bromden (Pedro Figueroa).
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2018
Following the inaugural summer of Shakespeare in the Park in Bergen County and season opener One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Black Box Studios is proud to present the 2nd Main Stage show of the 2018-2019 season: a new production of Spring Awakening.  With book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, Spring Awakening is a rock musical adaption of the seminal play Spring's Awakening by Frank Wedekind and stars NBC's The Voice Finalist Stephan Marcellus.
by Joseph Harrison - Nov 6, 2018
It's a funny thing when a piece transcends its given medium and becomes ingrained in pop culture. People who have never seen a certain play/read the book/watched the movie find themselves familiar enough with the plot or the characters without ever really experiencing the piece in its entirety. For me, this has been the case for ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST a story that was first told via the acclaimed novel by Ken Kesey, then the adaptation for the stage by Dale Wasserman, then the Academy Award winning film by Milos Forman. I had some familiarity with the plot and characters, but somehow, I was never exposed to it completely, and so it was with a fairly blank slate (those pop culture staples notwithstanding) that I approached Playhouse on Park's latest production.
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2019
AFTER HOURS THEATRE COMPANY (who most recently produced the Ovation award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Dogfight) presents an extraordinary multisensory experience, Janel Parrish and Scott Porter starring in THE LAST FIVE YEARS, book, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, produced by Graham Wetterhahn, and directed by Kari Hayter.  
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2019
An innocent bloomer blunder brings domestic chaos in Steve Martin's The Underpants, Perseverance Theatre's 40th anniversary season finale, running May 17-June 16.
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2019
Portland favorites Gretchen Corbett and Sharonlee McLean take the stage beginning May 4 to star in David Hare's The Breath of Life, a two-woman play The Daily Telegraph called "bitingly funny." When Francis Beale (McLean) decides she wants one last word with her ex-husband's ex-lover (Corbett), both women are forced to confront their past, their failed relationships, dashed ideals and the lens through which they choose to view their futures. Ken Rus Schmoll (readings in six of the last ten JAW Festivals at The Armory, productions at Playwrights Horizons and New York Theatre Workshop) will direct.
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2019
Hudson Theatre Works presents two benefit performances of "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire."
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2019
With their production of Orpheus Descending about to transfer to the Menier, Wave Me Goodbye running at the company's home base, and the Olivier Award-winning Home I'm Darling completing its tour back home in Wales where it began, Theatr Clwyd today announces their new season for Autumn 2019.
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2019
The Windham Theatre Guild proudly presents a heartwarming theatrical event for its final Main Stage production of the season…L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, dramatized by Joseph Robinette.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2019
The Meta Award winning Hudson Players Club Presents ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST from April 4-14 at Hudson Village Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2019
The Shawshank Redemption will make its north American stage debut at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre April 4-21. This famed classic, adapted for the stage by Owen O'Neill & Dave Johns and directed by Bob Paisley, will be staged at the historic Warwick Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2019
Ephrata Performing Arts Center presents the Central Pennsylvania premiere of Stephen Karam's Tony Award-winning drama THE HUMANS, directed by EPAC Artistic Director Edward R. Fernandez.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2019
After Hours Theatre Company And Dogfightpresents an extraordinary multisensory experience, Janel Parrish and Scott Porter starring in THE LAST FIVE YEARS, book, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, produced by Graham Wetterhahn, and directed by Kari Hayter.  
by Bruce Apar - Jun 6, 2019
In the airless unfunny farm over which dour Nurse Ratched presides, McMurphy appears to foment anarchy. Yet, given the oppressive circumstances, the only thing subversive in his intention is to restore a sense of dignity and free will to those he views as the downtrodden -- captives of a rigged system that is oblivious to their best interests.
by Sean Fallon - Jun 10, 2019
On Friday, June 7, I had the pleasure of seeing ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at the Ridgefield Theater Barn in Ridgefield, CT.  This brilliantly written and phenomenally performed dark drama is based on the novel by Ken Kesey and adapted for the stage by Dale Wasserman.  Director Kevin Sosbe brings the best out in this strong cast of actors and actresses whose talents blend together well, creating a show that excels in generating intense feeling and emotion from the captivated audience. 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2019
Arcola Theatre in association with Maya Ellis today announce the full cast for the world premiere of Gabriel Gbadamosi's Stop and Search. Artistic Director of the Arcola Mehmet Ergen directs Munashe Chirisa (Akim), Tyler Luke Cunningham (Lee), David Kirkbride (Tone), Shaun Mason (Tel) and Jessye Romeo (Bev). The production opens on 14 January, with previews from 9 January, and runs until 9 February.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2019
Deadline reports that Woody Harrelson is in talks to star in Fruit Loops a new drama from Ted Melfi. It is said to be similar to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
by BWW - Jan 20, 2019
Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/20/2019 for Maine
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2019
ELAN Ensemble has announced its inaugural production, the world premiere of How We're Different from Animals, based on short stories from "No One Belongs Here More Than You" by Miranda July. Under the direction of Ovation Award nominee Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), the production is set to open on Friday, February 22, at 8pm and run through March 24 only at the Atwater Village Theatre.           
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2019
Stage and screen star Shane Richie is set to take the leading role of comic Archie Rice in a brand new production of John Osborne's The Entertainer coming to the Belgrade Theatre in October 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2019
ELAN Ensemble has announced its inaugural production, the world premiere of How We're Different from Animals, based on short stories from No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July. Under the direction of Ovation Award nominee Jonathan Mu oz-Proulx (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), the production is set to open today, February 22, at 8pm and run through March 24 only at the Atwater Village Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2019
ELAN Ensemble has announced its inaugural production, the world premiere of How We're Different from Animals, based on short stories from No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July. Under the direction of Ovation Award nominee Jonathan Mu oz-Proulx (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), the production is set to open on Friday, February 22, at 8pm and run through March 24 only at the Atwater Village Theatre.
by BWW Staff - Dec 3, 2018
There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Wichita Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.
by BWW Staff - Dec 24, 2018
It's the last week to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Wichita Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.
by BWW Staff - Dec 17, 2018
There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Wichita Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2018
First Run Features is proud to announce the theatrical premiere of That Way Madness Lies…, a new documentary directed by award-winning filmmaker Sandra Luckow. The film opens in New York and Los Angeles onDecember 14, 2018.
by Cary Ginell - Apr 5, 2019
A story about a murdered dog turns into a character study of a teenager with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), brilliantly portrayed by 19-year-old Benjamin Colby Wilson. This play will warm your heart as it shows Wilson's honest and sympathetic portrayal of a boy in search for comfort and acceptance by his separated mother and father.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2019
Portland favorites Gretchen Corbett and Sharonlee McLean take the stage beginning May 4 to star in David Hare's The Breath of Life, a two-woman play The Daily Telegraph called "bitingly funny." When Francis Beale (McLean) decides she wants one last word with her ex-husband's ex-lover (Corbett), both women are forced to confront their past, their failed relationships, dashed ideals and the lens through which they choose to view their futures. Ken Rus Schmoll (readings in six of the last ten JAW Festivals at The Armory, productions at Playwrights Horizons and New York Theatre Workshop) will direct.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2019
J's Cultural Arts Theatre presents John Bishop's THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940, the fifth & last production of the inaugural season of the new Alan & Diane Lieberman Theater & the JCAT's 12th season, at the Feldenkreis/Hanono Cultural Center at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC/Sanford L. Ziff Campus in North Miami Beach, Florida. Running from May 7-19, 2019, THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940 is directed by John Ferry, with Lighting Design by Zachary Pitchman, Costume Design by Carole Barou-Mootoo. Lilian Andron Stage Manages. The production is presented through the MARJCC's Cultural Arts Department.
by Nancy Grossman - Apr 20, 2019
Theater UnCorked drains the bottle of its inaugural season this weekend with a fully-staged production of SYLVIA, prolific playwright A.R. Gurney's homage to man's best friend. Hilarious and heartwarming in equal measure, the play is a welcome respite from the spate of heftier, more serious dramatic works meant to resonate with our times and make us think. The only thing that Gurney wants us to think about is the inescapable joy shared between a man and his dog, and how their connection changes three lives and one marriage for the better. Supported by strong performances by Allan Mayo, Kimberly McClure, and David Anderson, Theater UnCorked's Artistic Director Shana Dirik is the top dog.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2019
Directors and Casting is set for the two PlayGround Festival premieres, A HISTORY OF FREAKS by Katie May, May 13-June 15  (Press /Opening: May 15 at 8pm), helmed by circus arts performer and director Doyle Ott and ANNA CONSIDERS MARS by Ruben Grijalva,  May 20-June 16 (Press /Opening: May 22 at 8pm), helmed by San Francisco Playhouse Producing Director Susi Damilano. The productions will run in rotating repertory as part of the 25th Season PlayGround Festival of New Works, May 13-June 16, 2019. Tickets for the entire PlayGround Festival are now on sale. For more information, visit http://playground-sf.org/festival.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2019
With Home, I'm Darling currently running in the West End, and rehearsals underway for Orpheus Descending, Theatr Clwyd today announce the full cast for the world première of Jacqueline Wilson's Wave Me Goodbye, adapted by Emma Reeves. Christian Patterson directs Courtney George (Shirley), Victoria John (Chubby/Doris/Mrs Henshaw), Sean Jones (Kevin/Will Waverley/Male Doll), Kerry Peers (Mrs Mad/WVS Volunteer/'Charlie Chaplin'/Marilyn Henderson/Landlady) and Sam C Wilson (Shirley's Dad (Pete Smith)/Mr Bentley/ Kevin's Dad (Joe Moffatt), Gerald Pendleton/Uncle Mick). The production opens on 25 April, with previews from 23 April, and runs until 4 May.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2019
New Village Arts presents the World Premiere of a new adaptation of the classic commedia dell'arte comedy THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS. This new version of the Italian classic by Carlo Goldoni is translated by AJ Knox, and adapted by Knox and Samantha Ginn. Ginn also stars as the titular servant, Truffaldino.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2019
A black comedy about gangsters in London's East End during the 1960s comes to the Old Mill Theatre this May - and it has more twists and turns than a pretzel.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2019
Regent's Park Theatre have today announced principal casting for their productions of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar, alongside the full creative team for Evita.