A revival of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh began previews at Broadway’s Jacobs Theatre starring Denzel Washington as Hickey in a production directed by George C. Wolfe.
Fifth Broadway Production of Epic Classic
On March 23, 2018, George C. Wolfe’s revival of Eugene O’Neill’s classic masterpiece The Iceman Cometh began previews at Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, ahead of its opening night scheduled for April 26, 2018. The show is scheduled to run until its closing performance on July 1, 2018. This play first premiered on Broadway in 1946, and actually received mixed reviews. It was only after O’Neill’s death in 1953 that the show became known as a classic. In 1956, the play was revived Off-Broadway, and that production was an unqualified success, cementing it as a great modern tragedy. In 1973, the play had its first Broadway revival, starring James Earl Jones as Theodore “Hickey” Hickman. The 1985 revival starred Jason Robards as Hickey, reprising his role from the 1956 Off-Broadway hit production. Other productions starred great actors as well, including the 1990 production at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago starring Brian Dennehy, and the 1999 production at London’s Old Vic Theatre starring Kevin Spacey. The 1999 Broadway revival also starred Spacey as Hickey. In 2015, the Brooklyn Academy of Music staged a production starring Nathan Lane as Hickey, with Brian Dennehy as Larry Slade, transferring from the Goodman in Chicago. Now, in 2018, the production comes to Broadway with another exciting star continuing the tradition of great actors in the role of Hickey: Denzel Washington.
George C. Wolfe Directs Powerhouse Ensemble Cast
This current revival is directed by five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, whose credits include Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, Lucky Guy, The Normal Heart, A Free Man of Color, Caroline or Change, Topdog / Underdog, and The Wild Party. Denzel Washington stars as Hickey, marking his fifth Broadway outing following A Raisin in the Sun (2014), Fences (2010), Julius Caesar (2005), and Checkmates (1988). Washington is also incredibly renowned for his film roles, including two Academy Awards for Glory (1989) and Training Day (2001), with additional film credits including Fences, which he also directed, American Gangster, The Great Debaters, Malcolm X, Cry Freedom, The Hurricane, and Remember the Titans. The role of Cora is played by Tammy Blanchard, whose previous Broadway credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Gypsy, both of which earned her Tony Award nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She also won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2001 for her lead role in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. Tony Award winner Bill Irwin (Bye Bye Birdie, Waiting for Godot) plays Ed Mosher, and Tony Award winner Frank Wood (Hughie, Clybourne Park, August: Osage County) plays Cecil Lewis.
The role of Don Parritt is played by Austin Butler making his Broadway debut. He is well known for such film and television roles as Switched at Birth, Ruby & the Rockits, The Carrie Diaries, The Shannara Chronicles, and Aliens in the Attic. The role of Pearl is played by Carolyn Braver, who previously appeared on Broadway in Airline Highway. The role of Lieb is played by Joe Forbrich, whose previous Broadway credits include The Front Page and The Crucible. The role of Moran is played by Thomas Michael Hammond, whose previous Broadway credits include A View from the Bridge. In addition, Neal Huff (Take Me Out, The Lion in Winter) plays Willie Oban, Danny Mastrogiorgio (The Front Page, Rocky, Lucky Guy) plays Chuck Morello, Dakin Matthews (Waitress, The Audience) plays Piet Wetjoen, Danny McCarthy (Grace) plays Rocky Pioggi, Colm Meaney (A Moon for the Misbegotten, Breaking the Code) plays Harry Hope, David Morse (The Seafarer, On the Waterfront) plays Larry Slade, Michael Potts (1984, Jitney, The Book of Mormon) plays Mr. Hawkins, and Reg Rogers (Present Laughter, You Can’t Take It With You) plays James Cameron. The play was originally slated to begin a day earlier, on March 22, 2018, but the snowstorm delayed the arrival of set pieces, and the first preview was thus cancelled.