Annette Bening and Tracy Letts to Star on Broadway in 'All My Sons'
Jack O'Brien will direct the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Arthur Miller's 1947 family tragedy, opening April 22.
Annette Bening will return to Broadway this season for the first time in 30 years, starring opposite Tracy Letts in a revival of Arthur Miller's 1947 drama All My Sons.
Three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien will stage the production for Roundabout Theatre Company.
One of Miller's most frequently produced plays, the drama examines questions of morality and ethics via a family struggling to remain intact in the years following World War II as shameful secrets emerge and the truth about their missing son must be faced. Bening will play Kate Keller, with Letts as her husband Joe, a self-made businessman gradually forced to deal with his grief and guilt after letting his partner take the fall for selling defective airline parts to the government during the war.
Bening was nominated for a Tony for her 1987 Broadway debut in Tina Howe's Coastal Disturbances. She returned off-Broadway the following year in Michael Weller's Spoils of War and appeared opposite John Lithgow in a 2014 Shakespeare in the Park production of King Lear. The four-time Oscar nominee's upcoming film work includes Captain Marvel and Christoph Waltz's directing debut, Georgetown.
Letts won the 2008 Tony Award for best play for August: Osage County and the 2013 Tony for best actor for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He was last on Broadway in 2014 in Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses. Since then, he has carved out a busy career as a screen actor, with roles in Lady Bird, The Post, The Big Short and Homeland, among others.
All My Sons is scheduled to begin previews April 4 at the American Airlines Theatre, ahead of an April 22 official opening night, making the revival eligible for 2019 Tony Award consideration. Additional cast and creative team are to be announced for the limited engagement, which is scheduled to run through June 23.
The production will mark the play's third Broadway revival. The 1947 premiere, which starred Ed Begley, Beth Merrill, Arthur Kennedy and Karl Malden, won Tonys for Miller for best play and Elia Kazan for best director. It returned to Broadway in 1987, winning a Tony for best revival, and in 2008 in a critically polarizing production directed by Simon McBurney that starred John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Patrick Wilson and Katie Holmes in her Broadway debut.
The Roundabout's long history with Miller includes two off-Broadway productions of All My Sons, in 1974 and 1997; a 1997 production of A View From the Bridge that won Tonys for best revival and lead actor Anthony LaPaglia; and most recently, a 2017 revival of The Price that starred Mark Ruffalo, Tony Shalhoub, Jessica Hecht and Danny DeVito,
The company's 2018-19 Broadway season also includes Janet McTeer in Theresa Rebeck's Bernhardt/Hamlet, Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano in Sam Shepard's True West, and Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase in the classic Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate.