Tony Goldwyn Joins Broadway Cast of 'Network'

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The actor will co-star with previously announced leads Bryan Cranston and Tatiana Maslany in the new stage adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky's Oscar-winning original screenplay.

The incoming Broadway transfer of London smash Network has completed its trio of leads, with Tony Goldwyn joining previously announced stars Bryan Cranston and Tatiana Maslany in the stage adaptation of the classic 1976 Sidney Lumet film.

Goldwyn will play television news division president and old-school journalist Max Schumacher, the part played on screen by William Holden. Cranston, reprising the role that won him an Olivier Award in London, stars as Howard Beale, the news anchor who unravels live on air after his contract is terminated. Maslany will make her Broadway debut as Diana Christensen, the ratings-hungry programming executive who seizes on a cynical opportunity in Beale's very public breakdown.

The prescient drama about the blurred lines between TV news and entertainment was adapted by playwright Lee Hall and director Ivo van Hove from Paddy Chayefsky's Oscar-winning original screenplay. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including best picture, and won four.

The multimedia stage production, which had its world premiere at the National Theatre in London, will play a limited 18-week engagement on Broadway, beginning previews Nov. 10 at the Belasco Theatre ahead of a Dec. 6 official opening. 

The complete cast includes Joshua Boone, Alyssa Bresnahan, Ron Canada, Julian Elijah Martinez, Frank Wood, Nick Wyman, Barzin Akhavan, Jason Babinsky, Camila Cano-Flavia, Eric Chayefsky, Gina Daniels, Nicholas Guest, Joe Paulik, Susannah Perkins, Victoria Sendra, Henry Stram, Bill Timoney, Joseph Varca, Nicole Villamil and Jeena Yi.

Producers on the Broadway transfer are David Binder, The National Theatre, Patrick Myles, David Luff, Ros Povey and Lee Menzies. The play will feature scenic and lighting design by van Hove's longtime collaborator Jan Versweyveld, video design by Tal Yarden, costumes by An D'Huys and music and sound by Eric Sleichim.

Goldwyn was last on Broadway in the 2010 musical revival Promises, Promises, with Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth. He starred for seven seasons as President Fitzgerald Grant on the ABC hit Scandal, and has just wrapped production on the new Netflix series Chambers, starring opposite Uma Thurman.

Network will be eligible for consideration for the 2019 Tony Awards.