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Desire Under the Elms: Eugene O�Neill's play, directed by Robert Falls and starring Brian Dennehy, is heading for Broadway


Variety reports that Brian Dennehy is to star in a revival of a revival of Eugene O�Neill's Desire Under the Elms, directed by Robert Falls. The play will open on Broadway after its run at Chicago's Goodman Theatre from 17 - Jan - 22 Feb 2009.

No dates or theatre has been announced for the Broadway run, though it will most probably bow on the Great White Way in the late Spring or early summer of 2009.

Desire Under the Elms: Elder Ephraim Cabot returns to his remote New England farm with his third wife-the young, alluring, headstrong Abbie-setting his three disapproving grown sons on an emotional rollercoaster and bitter fight for their inheritance. When Ephraim's youngest son Eben sets his sights on Abbie, the resulting tempest brings tragic consequences.

Robert Falls 2003 Broadway revival of Eugene O�Neill's 'Long Day's Journey Into Night,' won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, and earned the director a Tony nomination. That production also starred Brian Dennehy, who won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Actor in a play, with his co-star, Vanessa Redgrave, winning the Tony for Best Actress.

This will be the second Broadway production of Desire Under the Elms, the show first played on Broadway in 1924 and was revived in 1952.

The play is to be produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Steve Traxler and Jerry Frankel, three of the producers who brought Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of August:Osage County to Broadway.

Robert Falls is the artistic director of Chicago's Goodman Theatre. He was last represented on Broadway when he directed 'Talk Radio' (2007). He won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Director of a play for his revival of 'Death of a Salesman' (1999) and was nominated for Tony's for his helmship of 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' (2003 revival) and 'A Moon for the Misbegotten' (2000).

Brian Dennehy has won two Tony Awards for best actor, 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' (2003 revival) and 'Death of a Salesman' (1999 revival), bith shows directed by Robert Falls. He is a star of the big screen and small having been nonminated for five Emmy's, the last being for his role in 'Our Fathers' (2005), and won a 2001 Golden Globe Award for his performance as Willy Loman in his Tv film 'Death of a Salesman,' directed by Kirk Browning.

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