J.T. Rogers' Hit Drama 'Oslo' Sets Broadway Move

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The Lincoln Center Theater production, which stars Jennifer Ehle and Jefferson Mays, will move to the Vivian Beaumont Theater in spring, making it eligible for the 2017 Tony Awards.

One of the most critically acclaimed plays of the new theater season will move to Broadway in the spring, making it an early top contender for next year's Tony honors.

J.T. Rogers' Oslo, a tense, highly entertaining political thriller about the nine months of secret negotiations in the Norwegian capital that led to the historic White House handshake between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in 1993, will begin previews March 23 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, with an official opening April 13.

Directed by Bartlett Sher, the Lincoln Center Theater production is currently playing a sold-out premiere run through Aug. 28 in the company's off-Broadway space, the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. That venue is directly downstairs from the Beaumont, making the transfer a relatively simple process by Broadway standards.

The drama opened July 11 at the Newhouse, earning some of the most stellar reviews for a new play since this year's top Tony winner, The Humans.

The large ensemble cast, all of whom are expected to reprise their roles on Broadway, includes Michael Aronov, Anthony Azizi, Adam Dannheisser, Jennifer Ehle, Daniel Jenkins, Dariush Kashani, Jeb Kreager, Jefferson Mays, Christopher McHale, Daniel Oreskes, Angela Pierce, Henny Russell, Joseph Siravo and T. Ryder Smith.

While some pundits had speculated that Oslo might transfer to Broadway immediately following the close of its premiere engagement, delaying the move until the spring serves two purposes: It allows Mays, who plays a key figure behind the Oslo Accords, to appear as announced in the starry upcoming Broadway revival of The Front Page, which begins performances Sept. 20 and is scheduled to run through Feb. 5; and it moves Oslo closer to peak Tony season, keeping it fresher in voters' minds at awards time.

Oslo will mark the Broadway debut of Rogers, a Brooklyn-based American playwright whose previous dramas include The Overwhelming, Madagascar and Blood and Gifts.