It's been over 51 years since Samuel Beckett's absurdist classic Waiting For Godot was last performed on Broadway. And to date, there have only been 65 actual performances on the Great White Way of one of the stage's more uniquely famous titles.
While the Seattle Repertory Company's upcoming revival of Waiting For Godot isn't even due in the Emerald City until January 2009, that hasn't stopped the producers from waiting to announce that they're officially waiting for a Broadway berth soon after.
Helmed by Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes (The Beauty Queen of Leenane) and starring Tony Award winning actor Bill Irwin (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), the Seattle Repertory Theatre describes its new revival:
On its way to Broadway, this production features acclaimed film, television, and stage actor Bill Irwin under the direction of Tony-award-winning director Garry Hynes. Considered by many to be the most significant English language play of the 20th century, this absurdist comedy places two Charlie Chaplin-like tramps in the middle of nowhere to await the mysterious Godot. Don’t miss the chance to see this vaudevillian masterpiece.First presented on Broadway in 59-performance run (April 19-June 9, 1956) at the John Golden Theatre, Herbert Berghof directed Bert Lahr, E. G. Marshall, Alvin Epstein (who appeared in the recent Brooklyn Academy of Music revival of Beckett's Endgame), Kurt Kasznar and Luchino Solito de Solis.
The very next year, Berghof assumed the helm once again for its one and only revival at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Lasting a mere 6 performances, the 1957 run had a twist. It included a cast that was entirely black, including Bert Chamberlain, Geoffrey Holder, Earle Hyman, Rex Ingram and Mantan Moreland.
Now, all these years later, Waiting For Godot is back. Will it actually be worth the wait?
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