Sunday, May 07, 2006

The Caine Mutiny Court Martial Faces Jury of Critics Tonight

The Caine Mutiny Court Martial Faces Jury of Critics Tonight

It's been 52 years since Broadway saw its first production of Herman Wouk's classic The Caine Mutiny Court Martial. But the 2006 version is hotly anticipated, not only because of its starry cast that includes David Schwimmer of "Friends" and Tim Daly of "Wings" (and younger sibling of another Broadway favorite, Tyne Daly), but because of the celebrated heft that the show has traditionally had. The original included such acting greats as Henry Fonda and Lloyd Nolan.

This version of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial opens at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, tucked neatly in between the Booth Theatre -- where the much-praised Faith Healer opened a few nights ago -- and the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, current home to Jula Roberts, Paul Rudd and Bradley Cooper in Three Days of Rain.

Regardless of what the critics have to say, I can tell you that the atmosphere outside these theatres, particularly after each performance, has a surreal carnival-like quality with hundreds of star-crazed gawkers attempting to catch a glimpse of some of their favorite stars. No doubt, many in the crowds are there to see Schwimmer. We'll find out tomorrow whether the critics think he and his castmates are worth seeing on stage.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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Critics' Verdicts for The Caine Mutiny Court Martial Are In (May 8, 2006)

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