To Be Or Not To Be, the latest production of the Manhattan Theatre Club, officially opens on Broadway tonight. It is MTC’s first Broadway show since re-naming their Broadway home the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (formerly known as the Biltmore). To Be Or Not To Be, written by Nick Whitby and based on the film of the same name, has been through quite a bit of turmoil in the lead-up to its Broadway opening. Two of the play’s lead actors, Craig Bierko and Brian Murray, dropped out during the rehearsal process, and word on the street is that the self-proclaimed dark comedy wasn’t funny enough. It will be interesting to see the critics weigh in after tonight’s opening.
Casting has been announced for the upcoming Manhattan Theatre Club production of the dark comedy To Be Or Not To Be, coming to Broadway in September. Craig Bierko and Jan Maxwell will star in this play version of the film of the same name, with Kristine Nielsen, Steve Kazee, Peter Benson, and Rocco Sisto co-starring. Bierko has been seen on Broadway in Thou Shalt Not and The Music Man, while Jan Maxwell has most recently appeared on Broadway in Coram Boy and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. To Be Or Not To Be, adapted for the stage by Nick Whitby, will have its official Broadway opening on October 2.