Wednesday, November 03, 2010

That Championship Season Leaves Schreiber Behind

That Championship Season Leaves Schreiber Behind

With the flurry of news stories announcing Gregory Mosher's 2011 revival of That Championship Season on Broadway, depending upon when you tuned in you'd be forgiven for thinking Liev Schreiber would be joining Brian Cox and Kiefer Sutherland.

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.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).


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2 Comments:

At 03 November, 2010, Blogger Kevin Daly said...

Not only is Jason Patric Jason Miller's son, but he's also Tony-winner Jackie Gleason's grandson. The story goes on...

As for the revival, dated or not, I'm sold!

 
At 03 November, 2010, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Yes, but I took it for granted that everyone already knew that. It should be noted that Jason Miller was Jackie Gleason's son-in-law.

 

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