Misery Summary

  • Misery is 1.5 Hours long, including an intermission of None
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: October 22, 2015
  • Opens November 15, 2015
  • Show Closed: February 14, 2016

Misery is a fascinating thriller about a successful romance novelist named Paul Sheldon, played by Bruce Willis, who is saved from a car accident by a super fan named Annie Wilkes, played by Elizabeth Marvel. Wilkes, however, has recently found a reason to resent her favorite writer, as he killed off her favorite character, named Misery Chastain, in the latest novel of his novel series. Therefore, when Sheldon wakes up after the car crash, he finds himself alive and well, but also kidnapped and held hostage in Wilkes’ basement. Wilkes quickly proves herself to be psychotic, and Sheldon does not appear to be getting released any time soon.

Misery on Broadway Background

The Broadway production is of a much higher pedigree, due in no small part to its lead actor: Bruce Willis, making his Broadway debut. Willis is the beloved screen actor known for his roles in such films as Armageddon, The Sixth Sense, Pulp Fiction, Sin City, and the Die Hard series. Willis stars alongside Elizabeth Marvel, whose Broadway credits include Other Desert Cities, Picnic, Top Girls, and An American Daughter, and whose screen roles include “House of Cards,” True Grit, and Burn After Reading.

The play is directed by Will Frears, a British director making his Broadway debut, whose Off-Broadway credits include Year Zero, Terrorism, Pen, God Hates the Irish and Where We’re Born. The play is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures (Mark Kaufman is the point person for this particular show). Misery is also produced by Castle Rock Entertainment (their reps are Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer), and the final producer for this show is Raymond Wu.

What’s Misery Like?

Misery is a new play by William Goldman, who also wrote the screenplay of the 1990 film, which was adapted from the 1987 novel of the same name by Stephen King. Goldman also penned the screenplays for All the President’s Men, as well as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, two of which he won Academy Awards for, (Best Screenplay). The play was written in 2012, and premiered in a small production at Bucks Country Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania. This play is sure to be a thrilling psychological portrait of madness, and Bruce Willis’ Broadway debut is not to be missed. Elizabeth Marvel is one of the greatest actors of her generation, and the production will certainly be an exciting treat of the season.

Is Misery Good for Kids?

The show is most appropriate for individuals over the age of 12. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Broadhurst Theatre

235 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Seats: 1,186
Entrance: 44th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
Theatre Information

Broadhurst Theatre Seating Chart

Misery Marquee

Misery Marquee

Cast Members

Annie Wilkes
Laurie Metcalf
Paul Sheldon
Bruce Willis

Producers

Warner Bros Theatre Ventures

Castle Rock Entertainment

Raymond Wu

Production Credits

Direction
Will Frears
Set Design
David Korins
Lighting Design
David Weiner
Sound Design
Darron L West
Costume Design
Ann Roth
Book
William Goldman
Production Stage Manager
Jane Grey

Creative Team

General Manager
Mark Shacket at Foresight Theatrical LLC
Company Manager
Thom Clay
Production Manager
David Benken
Casting Director
William Cantler at Telsey + Company
Press Agent
Polk & Co