Al Pacino-led China Doll delays opening


Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet's new drama China Doll, starring Oscar and two-time Tony winner Al Pacino has announced that it has delayed its opening night to 4 December 2015.

The production began previews at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on 21 October, and was originally slated to officially open on 19 November 2015 and play a limited engagement through to 31 January 2016.

China Doll is directed by Tony winner Pam Mackinnon and is described as a play about "a wealthy man, his young fiancé, and an airplane. The man has just bought a new plane as a wedding present for the girl. He intends to go into semi-retirement, and enjoy himself. He's in the process of leaving his office, and is giving last minute instructions to his young assistant. He takes one last phone call. The characters are Mickey Ross, a billionaire; Carson, the assistant, and a telephone."

The cast of includes Al Pacino (Mickey Ross) and Christopher Denham (Carson).

The creative team for China Doll features scenic design by Tony winner Derek McLane, lighting design by Russell H. Champa, and costume design by Tony winner Jess Goldstein.

China Doll is produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and Steve Traxler and marks their tenth presentation of a David Mamet work on Broadway and the West End.

Al Pacino won Tony Awards in 1969 and 1977 for 'Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?' and 'The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel', respectively. He was also nominated in 2011 for 'The Merchant of Venice'. He was last seen on Broadway in David Mamet's 'Glengarry Glen Ross.' Other Broadway credits include 'Salome', 'Hughie', 'Chinese Coffee', Mamet's 'American Buffalo', 'King Richard III', and 'Camino Real'. He won an Academy Award in 1993 for 'Scent of a Woman' and has been nominated a further seven times. His many film credits include 'The Godfather trilogy', 'Heat', 'Scarface', 'Angels in America', 'Dick Tracy', 'Any Given Sunday', 'Donnie Brasco' and '...And Justice For All'.

- by Dom O'Hanlon

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