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Producer Scott Rudin, who steered another Brit import, David Hare‘s Skylight, to a Tony win for best revival of a play on Sunday night, has teamed with Lincoln Center Theater to bring in the production. It had sold out London runs both at the Young Vic, where it originated, and in the West End.
Belgian avant-garde director Ivo van Hove, whose stripped-down re-investigations of classic texts including Hedda Gabler, Scenes From a Marriage and Angels in America have played to great acclaim off-Broadway, will make his Broadway debut with the Miller drama. The production this year won Olivier Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Tonys, for best revival, director and lead actor, for Strong.
The production also marks the Broadway debut for Strong, whose recent screen appearances have included The Imitation Game, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Before I Go to Sleep.
The actor plays the iconic role of Eddie Carbone, a Brooklyn longshoreman whose unnaturally strong affection for his niece breaks down moral and family codes, with tragic results. The cast also includes Nicola Walker, Phoebe Fox, Emun Elliott and Michael Gould.
Reviewing the production in London for The Hollywood Reporter, Leslie Felperin called it “an intense white-knuckle theatrical experience” and “an outstanding, strikingly original achievement.” The London Times hailed it “one of the great theatrical productions of the decade.”
The 1955 play was last revived on Broadway in 2009, and starred Liev Schreiber, Jessica Hecht and Scarlett Johansson, who won a Tony for her role.
Previews of the new revival begin on Oct. 21 at the Lyceum Theatre, with official opening night set for Nov. 12. The limited 18-week engagement is scheduled to run through Feb. 21, 2016.
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