Denzel Washington will star in The Iceman Cometh
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Tony and two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington will return to Broadway to star as Hickey in Eugene O'Neill's classic The Iceman Cometh, directed by mulit-Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe. The limited 14-week engagement will begin previews at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on March 22, 2018, before an official opening on April 26.
Synopsis: "The Iceman Cometh follows Hickey, a troubled alcoholic who takes it upon himself to dissuade fellow drinkers in a NYC bar to give up their pipe dreams and face the harsh realities of life, uncovering the secrets of his own past in the process."
Additional casting and creative team information will be announced at a later date.
The Iceman Cometh is produced on Broadway by Scott Rudin.
This production marks the fourth Broadway revival of the O'Neill classic, which first premiered on the Great White Way in 1946. The other revivals were staged in 1973, 1985 and most recently in 1999, starring Kevin Spacey as Hickey.
Denzel Washington won a Tony Award for his performance in 'Fences' in 2010, which he recently reprised opposite Viola Davis on film, earning Oscar and Golden Globe nominations this year. He was last seen on Broadway in the 2014 revival of 'A Raisin in the Sun.' His other Broadway credits include 'Julius Caesar' (2005) and his Broadway debut in 'Checkmates' (1988). He has also appeared in two "Shakespeare in the Park" productions for the Public Theater - 'The Tragedy of Richard III' in 1990 and 'Coriolanus' in 1979. On screen, he has won Academy Awards for "Training Day" in 2002 and "Glory" in 1990 and received Oscar nominations for "Flight" (2013), "The Hurricane" (2000), "Malcolm X" (1993), "Cry Freedom" (1988) and for the aforementioned "Fences." Other notable screen credits include "American Gangster," "Inside Man," "Man on Fire," "The Bone Collector," "The Preacher's Wife," "Crimson Tide," "The Pelican Brief," "Philadelphia," "Much Ado About Nothing," and "St. Elsewhere," among many others.
- by Tom Millward