That Championship Season Leaves Schreiber Behind
Early reports yesterday emanating from the usually reliable Deadline.com
simply got it wrong. As part of its announcement that Sutherland would be making his Great White Way debut in the play, it said Schreiber would be part of the revival.
Within a relatively short period of time, The New York Times
' Patrick Healy singlehandedly debunked that by noting:
The revival was also rumored to be reuniting Mr. Mosher with Liev Schreiber, his View From The Bridge star. Mr. Mosher said in an interview that he talked about the play briefly with Mr. Schreiber last spring, but they never discussed him joining the cast.
Healy broke the news that Jason Patric
-- son of Championship Season
playwright Jason Miller
(who knew?) and friend of Sutherland -- would be starring in the revival, along with Chris Noth
and comedian Jim Gaffigan
The original production of That Championship Season
was quite a winner itself starting with a cast that included Richard Dysart
, Charles Durning
, Paul Sorvino
, Walter McGinn
and Michael McGuire
under A.J. Antoon
's direction. After first opening at Broadway's Booth Theatre
on September 14, 1972, the production would earn five Tony nominations. In addition to winning the 1973 Tony Award for Best Play along with the Pulitzer Prize, Antoon and Sorvino were honored with Tonys.
Will the 2011 staging, which is expected at a Shubert Theatre sometime in March, prove to be a champion as well? Or will it be viewed as too dated, as Michael Riedel
suggests near the end of his column today in discussing why Schreiber passed on the project? Stay tuned.
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Labels: Brian Cox, Broadway, First Word On New Show, Gregory Mosher, Jason Miller, Jason Patric, Jim Gaffigan, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber, Play, Revival, That Championship Season