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THE BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF EUGENE O’NEILL’S THE ICEMAN COMETH DIRECTED BY HOWARD DAVIES WITH KEVIN SPACEY AS “HICKEY” OPENS AT THE BROOKS ATKINSON THEATRE ON THURSDAY. APRIL 8TH, 1999
Eugene O’Neill’s THE ICEMAN COMETH, returning to Broadway in an acclaimed new production directed by Howard Davies with Kevin Spacey as “Hickey,” will open on Thursday, April 8 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Playing 91 performances only, this limited engagement begins previews on Monday, March 29th and is produced by Allan S. Gordon, Bill Haber, Ira Pittelman, Elan McAllister, Trigger Street Productions and Emanuel Azenberg.
Set in Harry Hope’s Hell’s Kitchen barroom in 1912, THE ICEMAN COMETH examines a collection of misfits and social outcasts with their pipe dreams of a better tomorrow, who await the arrival of “Hickey,” a glad-handing traveling salesman, who endeavors to regenerate his derelict friends.
The new Broadway cast, in alphabetical order, features Tony Danza (Rocky), Ed Dixon (Piet Wetjoen), Michael Emerson (Willie Oban), Katie Finneran (Cora), Paul Giamatti (Jimmy Tomorrow), Patrick Godfrey (Cecil Lewis), James Hazeldine (Harry Hope), Catherine Kellner (Margie), Robert Sean Leonard (Don Parritt), Clarke Peters (Joe Mott), Tim Pigott- Smith (Larry Slade), Richard Riehle (Pat McGloin), Steve Ryan (Moran), Stephen Singer (Hugo), Kevin Spacey (Hickey), Dina Spybey (Pearl), Skipp Sudduth (Chuck Morello ), Ned Van Zandt (Lieb) and Jeff Weiss (Ed Mosher).
The setting and costumes for THE ICEMAN COMETH are designed by Tony Award- and Olivier Award-winner Bob Crowley. Lighting is by Mark Henderson, sound by John A. Leonard and original music is composed by Paddy Cunneen.
One of the great plays of the century, this production of THE ICEMAN COMETH originated at London’ s Almeida Theatre, where it was showered with praise by critics and audiences alike. After transferring for a limited run at the Old Vic, the production went on to win two 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards (Best Actor – Kevin Spacey, Best Director – Howard Davies), two 1998 London Evening Standard Awards (Best Actor – Kevin Spacey, Best Director – Howard Davies), and two London Critics Circle Awards (Best Actor – Kevin Spacey, Best Director – Howard Davies).
Written in 1939, THE ICEMAN COMETH debuted on Broadway on October 9, 1946, and was widely recognized as a great American drama. Despite the acclaim, the production only ran 136 performances, and it was not until 1956, when an Off-Broadway revival, directed by Jose Quintero and starring Jason Robards, caught critical and popular imagination and ran for more than 500 performances, that the status of the play was confirmed, Not seen on Broadway for more than a decade, the last major New York production of O’Neill’s play received three Tony Award nominations.
Please note: Curtain time for evening performances is at 7pm. Saturday matinee is at 1pm. Latecomers will not be seated until the first intermission. – Note included with tickets.