The Shark Is Broken Summary
- Show Status: Opening Soon
- Genre: Comedy Play
- The Shark Is Broken is 1 hour 50 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
- 8 Shows per week
- Previews Begin: July 25, 2023
- Show Opens: August 10, 2023
- Show Closes: November 19, 2023
Inspired by the Steven Spielberg’s movie Jaws, The Shark Is Broken is a “making of” story that imagines what happened between the film’s stars Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider on board the set’s famous boat when the mechanical shark caused a delay and the cameras were off.
The Shark Is Broken on Broadway Background
Show Debut At Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019
Following a run at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the comedy Shark Is Broken landed on the West End (after a pandemic-related postponement) for a limited run that began in October of 2021 and was extended through January of 2022.
Co-writer Ian Shaw will make his Broadway debut in the role of Robert Shaw, his father, who played “the shark hunter Quint” in the original Spielberg film, Jaws. Ian Shaw originated the stage role in both the Edinburgh and West End productions and reprise the role on Broadway.
Two Of The Original Stars From The Movie Jaws Have Died
Ian Shaws father, Robert Shaw, died in 1978, three years after starring in Jaws. Shaw starred as the frosty captain Quint in the 1975 movie and he had many of his scenes cut from the movie. Shaw died in Ireland at the age of 51 from a heart attack on 28 August 1978, while driving from Castlebar, County Mayo, to his home in Tourmakeady.
Roy Scheider starred as Chief Martin Brody in Jaws. Scheider was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He died on February 10, 2008, in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Hospital.
Dreyfuss starred as Matt Hooper in Jaws. He is still alive and still appears in movies and TV shows.
What’s The Shark Is Broken Like?
The Shark Is Broken is a comedic play about the making of Jaws that stars the son of one of the film’s main actors, who died in 1978, three years after the movie had wrapped.
Brainchild of Ian Shaw
The play is the brainchild of Ian Shaw, whose father, Robert Shaw, played Quint, the psychotic shark hunter, in the film. Its film set was plagued by problems, some exacerbated by Robert Shaw’s drinking, and the play depicts the fraught relationship between him and his co-stars, Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider.
In the play, set in 1974, the three men are trapped together on a boat, managing the bad weather, dealing with shark troubles and drinking a lot of alcohol.
Is The Shark Is Broken Good for Kids?
Despite the show being a comedy, the dialog is adult in nature and may be inappropriate for persons under the age of 18 years of age.
John Golden Theatre
New York, NY 10019
- Robert Shaw
- Ian Shaw
- Richard Dreyfuss
- Roy Scheider
Sonia Friedman Productions
- Guy Masterson
- Ian Shaw
- Joseph Nixon