Monday, April 09, 2007

Broadway Moon Shines On Opening Tonight

Broadway Moon Shines On Opening Tonight

This evening, the fourth revival of A Moon For The Misbegotten to grace the Great White Way opens at Rialto's Brooks Atkinson Theatre. A Moon For The Misbegotten was first produced on Broadway fifty years ago.

This acclaimed production is a transfer direct from The Old Vic in London, where its accomplished artistic director Kevin Spacey also starred. Spacey, Eve Best and Colm Meaney are each reprising their Old Vic turns on Broadway; Best and Meaney received Olivier nominations for their work across the pond.

More than a few have wondered whether this latest incarnation of the Eugene O'Neill play is coming too close on the heels of the brief Daniel Sullivan-helmed revival from 2000 revival that included Gabriel Byrne and Cherry Jones -- a production that enjoyed 120 regular performances.

Yet considering that Moon continues the story of Jamie Tyrone -- first introduced as a young man in Long Day's Journey Into Night, another O'Neill play that was last revived in 2003 to resounding cheers -- could it be that the time is actually right for that Night's audiences to now see Moon's story told anew?

So far, the box office has affirmed that it is. Tomorrow, we'll see whether the critics think so, too.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets.
Related Stories:
A Moon For The Students (April 4, 2007)
Money For The Begotten? (January 10, 2007)
Brooks Atkinson To Get Space(y)d Out With Moon For The Misbegotten (November 22, 2006)

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At 09 April, 2007, Anonymous Esther said...

Well for me, of course, it's critic-proof!

I just can't imagine what it's going to be like to see someone on stage whom you've seen on the big screen. All of a sudden, instead of being larger than life, this person is going to be in the same room, only a few feet away, and live! I'm thinking it's going to be a completely different experience. I guess I'll know how all of those Julia Roberts fans felt!

At 09 April, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Esther, I know for you this has been a Long Half Year's Journey Into This Week. Hope you enjoy the destination!

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