August: Osage County: John Cullum, Amy Warren and Samantha Ross to join cast
John Cullum, Amy Warren and Samantha Ross are to join the cast of Tracy Letts' comic-drama August: Osage County, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama from 11 Nov 2008.
Cullum assumes the role of 'Beverly Weston' from Michael McGuire. Cullum played the role of 'Beverly' in Sep 2008 while McGuire was on holiday.
Cullum (Beverly Weston) won his first Tony Award for his performance as 'Charlie Anderson' in 'Shenandoah' (1974), and his second for his performance as 'Oscar Jaffee' in 'On the Twentieth Century' (1978). He was nominated for a Tony Award for his role as 'Caldwell B. Cladwell' in the Broadway musical 'Urinetown' (2001). He was last seen on Broadway starring as 'Cymbeline' in the Lincoln Center Theater' production of Shakespeares' 'Cymbeline' (2007).
Amy Warren assumes the role of 'Karen Weston' from original cast member Mariann Mayberry.
Warren, who is making her Broadway debut, won the 2008 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in as 'Miss Devore' in the musical 'Adding Machine,' for which she was also nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Award.
Samantha Ross assumes the role of housekeeper 'Johnna Monevata' from original cast member Kimberly Guerrero. Ross is making her Broadway debut.
August: Osage County, currently selling tickets through to 26 Apr 2009, transferred to the Music Box Theatre on 29 Apr 2008 from the Imperial Theatre. The show played its final performance at the Imperial Theatre on 20 Apr 2008, where it opened on 4 Dec 2007, following previews from 30 Oct 2007.
The play opened to excellent reviews: 'Letts...knows just how to put the "fun" back into "dysfunctional.' (New York Theatre Guide), 'The most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years.' (New York Times); "You're laughing hysterically one minute and appalled the next as the 3 1/2 -hour play flies by" (New York Daily News); "It's enormously entertaining." (New York Post); "Ripping, riveting new play." (NewsDay); "One big, fat, juicy whopper." (Star-Ledger); "Most exciting new plays in years." (The Record); "So darkly delicious and ghastly that you're squirming in your seat even as you're doubled over laughing." (Variety).
August: Osage County: When their patriarch vanishes, the Weston clan must return to their three-story home in rural Oklahoma to get to the heart of the matter.
August: Osage County is the winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize, Drama League, Drama Desk, New York Drama Critics and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play, and has been nominated for seven Tony Awards.
August: Osage County currently features Michael Milligan (Little Charles), Estelle Parsons (Violet Weston), Brian Kerwin (Steve Heidebrecht), Kimberly Guerrero (Johnna Monevata), Robert Foxworth (Charlie Aiken), Michael McGuire (Beverly Weston), Mariann Mayberry (Karen Weston), Madeleine Martin (Jean Fordham), Johanna Day (Barbara Fordham), Dee Pelletier (Ivy Weston), Frank Wood (Bill Fordham), Molly Regan (Mattie Fai Aiken) and Scott Jaeck (Sherrif Deon Gilbeau).
The drama had its world premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf, directed Anna D. Shapiro, where it ran from 28 Jun - 26 Aug 2007.
Anna D. Shapiro, once again directs the production, which marks her Broadway debut. The design team features Todd Rosenthal (sets), Ana Kuzmanic (costumes), Ann Wrightson (lights), Richard Woodbury (sound) and David Singer (original music).
August: Osage County is produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jean Doumanian, Steve Traxler and Jerry Frankel, in association with Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
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