The Father 2016

Run Time:
One hour and 30 minutes, with no intermission
Opened: April 14, 2016
Closing: June 19, 2016

The Father - 2016 - Broadway History , Info & More

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (Broadway)
261 W. 47th St. New York, NY 10036

The Father is the acclaimed new play by Florian Zeller, in a translation by two-time Tony winner Christopher Hampton, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes.

The Father offers a fascinating look inside the mind of Andre (Frank Langella), a retired dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room? And where has he left his watch?


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Review: ‘The Father’ Examines the Lion’s Mind in Winter
8 / 10

...Frank Langella, one of the most magnetic theater actors of his generation...As you may have gathered, 'The Father' offers one of the most disorienting experiences in town. Yet, as directed by Doug Hughes, this Manhattan Theater Club production exudes a cool clarity that borders on the clinical...Donald Holder's expert lighting leans more toward institutional uniformity than creeping shadows - though every so often, it shifts in ways that make you wonder if your eyes aren't playing tricks on you...everyone seems rather puny, compared with Mr. Langella's André, which is the intention. Dementia is ugly, but it is also inherently tragic. That's what Shakespeare saw in King Lear (himself a precursor to the absurdist existential hero). Mr. Langella impressively played that role several years ago, but it's here, in a more prosaic context, that he nails the rage, pathos and cruelty behind that titanic part....

The Father’s Frank Langella Is at a Peak As a Proud Man in Humbling Decline
8 / 10

In 40 years of watching Langella onstage, from Seascape and Dracula in the 1970s through Frost/Nixon and Man and Boy just recently, I've never seen that need come as close to full exposure as in the just-opened Manhattan Theatre Club production of The Father...It's a must-see performance. The Father, though, is only a might-see play, more of a vehicle than a destination...Langella, who in some plays threatens to devour everyone else onstage, is here well matched by a cast of actors who perform their own seductions and know how to find their light. Especially effective are Kathryn Erbe...and Hannah Cabell...

Frank Langella to Miss Final Performance of THE FATHER; Closes Today
by Robert Diamond - June 19, 2016


BroadwayWorld has just learned that Frank Langella is ill and will be out for today's 2pm final performance.  The performance will take place as scheduled with Mr. Langella's understudy, Anthony Newfield. 

THE FATHER's Christopher Hampton Says 'Idiotic' Workshop Process 'Dumbs Down New Plays'
by Michael Dale - June 6, 2016


He says playwrights must now satisfy an 'army of bureaucrats' to get their work produced.

THE FATHER's Frank Langella Wins 2016 Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play
by Caryn Robbins - June 12, 2016


Frank Langella has won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his role as Andre in THE FATHER.

Frank Langella-Led THE FATHER get One Week Extension at Manhattan Theatre Club
by Nicole Rosky - May 17, 2016


Manhattan Theatre Club's American premiere of The Father, the new play by Moliere Award winner Florian Zeller, with a translation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, God of Carnage) and directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, Outside Mullingar, City of Conversation) will extend by one week at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The limited engagement, which opened on April 14 to critical raves, has been extended through Sunday, June 19.

BWW Interview: Charles Borland Pulls No Punches in THE FATHER
by Naomi Serviss - May 10, 2016


The play, by Florian Zeller, offers a gut punch of a journey to the center of a man's descent into dementia.

TV: Go Inside Opening Night of MTC's THE FATHER with Frank Langella & Company!
by TV - Opening Night Special - April 16, 2016


BroadwayWorld is taking you inside opening night with the cast below!

Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet for Opening Night of MTC's THE FATHER
by Walter McBride - April 15, 2016


THE FATHER, a new play by Moliere Award winner Florian Zeller, in a translation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, God of Carnage), opened just last night, April 14, 2016 on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. FriedmanTheatre (261 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out photos from the red carpet arrivals below!

BWW Exclusive: Ken Fallin Draws the Stage -Frank Langella in THE FATHER
by Ken Fallin - April 15, 2016


BroadwayWorld has teamed up with renowned caricature artist Ken Fallin, a life-long theater enthusiast, who has drawn many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Below, check out his latest illustration of Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams in BLACKBIRD!

Photo Coverage: MTC's THE FATHER Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway!
by Walter McBride - April 15, 2016


THE FATHER, a new play by Moliere Award winner Florian Zeller, in a translation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, God of Carnage), opened just last night, April 14, 2016 on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. FriedmanTheatre (261 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out photos from the after party below!

Photo Coverage: Frank Langella & Company Take Opening Night Bows in THE FATHER
by Walter McBride - April 15, 2016


THE FATHER, a new play by Moliere Award winner Florian Zeller, in a translation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, God of Carnage), opened just last night, April 14, 2016 on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. FriedmanTheatre (261 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out photos from the curtain call below!

BWW Review: Frank Langella Gives a Commanding Turn in Florian Zeller's THE FATHER
by Michael Dale - April 15, 2016


The French playwright makes his Broadway debut with his Moliere Award winning drama.

Review Roundup: THE FATHER, Starring Frank Langella, Opens on Broadway - All the Reviews!
by Tyler Peterson - April 14, 2016


Let's see what the critics had to say...

THE FATHER, Starring Frank Langella, Opens Tonight on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - April 14, 2016


THE FATHER, a new play by Moliere Award winner Florian Zeller, in a translation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, God of Carnage), opens tonight, April 14, 2016 on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Broadway AM Report, 4/14/2016 - THE FATHER Opens and More!
by Jessica Khan - April 14, 2016


Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: The Father, starring Frank Langella, opens on Broadway, and this year's Cancer Support Community gala honors stage couple Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley! 

THE FATHER's Christopher Hampton On Translating French Plays For Broadway
by Michael Dale - April 13, 2016


The playwright who helped introduce Yasmina Reza to Broadway now does the same for Florian Zeller.

TV: Watch Highlights of Frank Langella & More in THE FATHER on Broadway!
by Nicole Rosky - April 7, 2016


THE FATHER, a new play by Moliere Award winner Florian Zeller, in a translation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, God of Carnage), is currently in previews for an opening on Thursday, April 14, 2016 on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

Photo Flash: First Look at Frank Langella and More in MTC's THE FATHER
by BWW News Desk - March 28, 2016


THE FATHER, a new play by Moliere Award winner Florian Zeller, in a translation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, God of Carnage), is currently in previews for an opening on Thursday, April 14, 2016 on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! 

THE FATHER, Starring Frank Langella, Begins Previews on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - March 22, 2016


THE FATHER, a new play by Moliere Award winner Florian Zeller, in a translation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, God of Carnage), begins previews tonight, March 22, 2016.

Kathleen McNenny Replaces Liz Wisan in THE FATHER on Broadway
by Nicole Rosky - March 16, 2016


BroadwayWorld has just learned that Kathleen McNenny has replaced the previously announced Liz Wisan in the role of 'Woman' in Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming production of THE FATHER. The new play by Moliere Award winner Florian Zeller, in a translation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, God of Carnage), will begin previews Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Opening night for the production will now be Thursday, April 14, 2016 on Broadway at MTC's Samuel J. FriedmanTheatre (261 West 47th Street). 

Up on the Marquee: MTC's THE FATHER with Frank Langella
by Walter McBride - March 14, 2016


Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming American premiere of The Father, the new play by Moliere Award winner Florian Zeller, in a translation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, God of Carnage), will begin previews Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Opening night for the production will now be Thursday, April 14, 2016 on Broadway at MTC's Samuel J. FriedmanTheatre (261 West 47th Street). Check out photos of the theatre marquee below!

VIDEO: Frank Langella Plays A Former Tap Dancer in Florian Zeller's THE FATHER. Or Does He?
by Michael Dale - March 10, 2016


The 3-time Tony Award-winner returns to Broadway in Florian Zeller's Moliere Award winner.

Kathryn Erbe & More Join Frank Langella in MTC's THE FATHER on Broadway
by Nicole Rosky - January 28, 2016


Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) have just announced complete casting for Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming American premiere of The Father, the new play by Moliere Award winner Florian Zeller, in a translation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, God of Carnage), in a new production directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, Outside Mullingar, City of Conversation) atMTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

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The Father - 2016 Broadway Awards and Nominations

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Year Ceremony Category Nominee
2016 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actor in a Play Frank Langella
2016 Drama League Awards Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play Florian Zeller
2016 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Actor in a Play Frank Langella
2016 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding New Broadway Play Florian Zeller
2016 Tony Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Frank Langella
2016 Tony Awards Best Play Florian Zeller

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