'The Iceman Cometh' With Nathan Lane Sets New York Dates

Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy
Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy
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NEW YORK – Nathan Lane will reprise his role as Hickey, the voluble hardware salesman with a tortured soul, in Robert Falls' production of The Iceman Cometh, which debuted to rave reviews at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in 2012.

Rumors had circulated at the time of a Broadway transfer for the 1946 Eugene O'Neill classic, which runs close to five hours. However, the revival instead will be seen in a joint presentation of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and producer Scott Rudin, who holds commercial rights to the play about the denizens of a seedy Greenwich Village bar.

The six-week run at BAM's Harvey Theater is scheduled for Feb. 5 through March 15, 2015. No plans are in place for a subsequent Broadway move following the Brooklyn engagement.

The production co-stars Brian Dennehy as the one-time anarchist Larry Slade, in an ensemble that also features John Douglas Thompson, Stephen Ouimette and Kate Arrington.

Reviewing the production in The New York Times, Charles Isherwood wrote, "Falls's superbly cast production contains as many great performances as I've seen in a single show in years." The revival broke box-office records at the Goodman, where Falls has been artistic director for the past 27 years.

Lane steps into an epic role played in celebrated previous productions by, among others, Jason Robards, James Earl JonesKevin Spacey and Dennehy, in a staging at Dublin's Abbey Theatre, also directed by Falls. 

The revival assembles a handful of Tony winners. Lane has won best actor in a musical twice, for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1996) and The Producers (2001); Dennehy won best actor in a play in 1999 for Death of a Salesman and in 2003 for O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night. Both of those productions were also directed by Falls, who won a Tony for his work on Death of a Salesman.

Rudin is currently represented on Broadway as lead producer of the sell-out revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall.

Next up, he has the spring revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, with Denzel Washington, Diahann Carroll, Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose. Kenny Leon directs that production, which starts previews March 8 for an April 3 opening.

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