Thursday, July 03, 2008

Broadway Preview: A Man For All Seasons

Broadway Preview: A Man For All Seasons

Less than a half year after the passing of Paul Scofield -- the actor's actor will long be remembered for his Tony and Academy Award-winning portrayals of Sir Thomas More in the 1961 Broadway stage and 1966 film productions, respectively, of A Man For All Seasons -- a new Doug Hughes-helmed Main Stem revival is slated to begin preview performances at the Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre on September 12.

Opening night is scheduled for October 7. The limited engagement will run through November 30.

This first revival of Robert Bolt's A Man For All Seasons will be headlined by three-time Tony Award winner Frank Langella as the English Chancellor who famously defied King Henry VIII by standing up for his beliefs. This will be Langella's first Great White Way turn since his Tony-winning performance last year as another historical figure, Richard Nixon, in Frost/Nixon.

The original Rialto production opened on November 21, 1961, and was honored with four Tony Awards, including Best Play, Best Actor (Scofield) and Best Direction (Noel Willman). That mounting of A Man For All Seasons enjoyed a run of 637 performances before closing June 1, 1963.

Given Langella's propensity for earning critical accolades and theatre honors, expect A Man For All Seasons to be a hot ticket. Tickets go on sale for American Express cardholders on July 16; for everyone else, August 1.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Related Stories:
Broadway Preview: To Be Or Not To Be (July 2, 2008)
Broadway Preview: The Seagull (July 1, 2008)
Broadway Preview: Equus (June 30, 2008)
Broadway Preview: A Tale Of Two Cities (June 28, 2008)
Broadway Preview: for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf (June 25, 2008)
Broadway Preview: [title of show] (June 24, 2008)
Broadway: What's Next (June 20, 2008)
Paul Scofield - RIP (March 20, 2008)

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