American Buffalo: David Mamet revival to play Broadway in the fall
The New York Times reports that a revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo will play Broadway in the fall at a theatre to be announced.
The play will be directed by Robert Falls and produced by Elliot Martin, along with Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza. The article also reports that John Leguizamo is in talks to star in the revival.
American Buffalo tells the story of a group of men who, out of a 'mistaken' sense of revenge, plan to steal a man's coin collection, in the process their 'loyalty' is tested.
This will be the second Broadway revival of American Buffalo, the play was first produced on Broadway in 1977 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, directed by Ulu Grosbard, and was revived in 1983 at the Booth Theatre, directed by Arvin Brown.
American Buffalo was the first of Mamet's plays to be performed on Broadway. The playwright's other Broadway credits include: 'The Water Engine / Mr. Happiness' (1978), 'Glengarry Glen Ross' (1984, revival 2005), Speed-the-Plow (1988) and 'The Old Neighborhood' (1997). Mamet's play, November, starring Nathan Lane, is currently playing on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
John Leguizamo made his Broaday debut in his play 'Freak' (1998) for which he was nominated for two Tony Awards: Best Actor and Best Play. Freak was also turned into an HBO film by director Spike Lee, also starring Leguizamo, and which earned Leguizamo an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program. He also starred on Broadway in his solo play 'Sexaholix' (2001), which was revived on Broadway in 2003.
Director Robert Falls won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Direction of a play for his revival of 'Death of a Salesman' (1999). He has been nominated for Tony's for 'The Young Man from Atlanta' (1997), A Moon for the Misbegotten (2000 revival) and 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' (2003 revival). He last directed on Broadway in 'Talk Radio' (2007). In 1992, The Goodman Theatre, under Robert Falls Artistic Direction, won the 1992 Tony Award Regional Theatre Award.
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