Laurence Fishburne & Sam Rockwell will star in American Buffalo on Broadway
The Broadway revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo is set for an official opening on April 14, 2020.
Two major stars are heading back to Broadway next spring, as Emmy & Tony Award winner Laurence Fishburne and Academy Award & Golden Globe winner Sam Rockwell are set to star in a Broadway revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo.
The production will mark Mr. Fishburne's first return to the Broadway stage in 11 years and it will also reunite Mamet with director Neil Pepe, who previously collaborated together on Speed-the-Plow and A Life in the Theatre.
American Buffalo, which follows a trio of small-time crooks who come to blows over a plan to steal a valuable buffalo nickel, will officially open at a yet-to-be-named Broadway venue on April 14, 2020, with previews beginning in March 2020.
The play first premiered on Broadway in 1977 and it was last seen on the Great White Way in 2008, starring Cedric the Entertainer, John Leguizamo, and Haley Joel Osment. It was last presented in London's West End in 2015, headlined by John Goodman, Damian Lewis, and current Sea Wall/A Life star Tom Sturridge, and it was immortalized on film in 1996, starring Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz, and Sean Nelson.
For the Broadway revival, Mr. Fishburne will take on the role of Donny, with Mr. Rockwell starring as Teach. Casting for the role of Bobby will be announced at a later date, along with the start date, theatre, and creative team information.
Laurence Fishburne made his Tony Award-winning Broadway debut in Two Trains Running in 1992. He returned to Broadway in 1999 to star in The Lion in Winter and also earned a Tony Award nomination and won a Drama Desk Award in 2008 for the solo play Thurgood. He is, of course, best known for his Hollywood career, which famously includes the roles of The Bowery King in the "John Wick" franchize, Jason “Furious” Styles in "Boyz in the Hood," Tyrone "Mr. Clean" Miller in "Apocalypse Now," Morpheus in "The Matrix" trilogy, and an Oscar-nominated performance as Ike Turner in "What's Love Got to Do with It."
Sam Rockwell made his Broadway debut in 2010's A Behanding in Spokane and was last seen on the Great White Way in Manhattan Theatre Club's 2015 production of Fool for Love. His recent accolades include a 2018 Oscar and Golden Globe-winning performance in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and Oscar and Golden Globe nominations this year for playing George W. Bush in "Vice." He also earned an Emmy nomination this year for his TV role as Bob Fosse in FX's "Fosse/Verdon." His many film credits include "Seven Psychopaths," "Iron Man 2," "Moon," "Frost/Nixon," "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," "Matchstick Men," "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," "Galaxy Quest," "The Green Mile," and "Lawn Dogs."
American Buffalo is produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Steve Traxler, and Stephanie P. McClelland.