Frost/Nixon to open at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
One of the hottest tickets in the London theatre and winner of an Evening Standard Award, Frost/Nixon, the new play by Peter Morgan, directed by Michael Grandage, will open on Broadway this spring starring Frank Langella (as President Richard Nixon) and Michael Sheen (as Sir David Frost).
The acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production, which has received three Olivier Award nominations including Best New Play, will officially open on 22 Apr 2007 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre for a 20-week limited engagement. Preview performances will begin 31 Mar 2007.
Frank Langella and Michael Sheen have also each received Best Actor Olivier Award nominations for their roles in Frost/Nixon.
Two-time Tony Award-winner Frank Langella plays Richard Nixon. His recent Broadway credits include Match, Fortuneï¿½s Fool (Tony Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play), Present Laughter and The Father (Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play). He also received the Best Featured Actor in a Play Tony Award for his role in Edward Albeeï¿½s Seascape. For television, his work includes ï¿½10.5 Apocalypse,ï¿½ ï¿½The Water Is Wide,ï¿½ and ï¿½Jason and the Argonauts;ï¿½ and for film, Superman Returns, Starting Out in the Evening and Good Night and Good Luck.
Michael Sheen plays David Frost. The award-winning actor can be seen currently in Peter Morganï¿½s film, The Queen, portraying Prime Minister Tony Blair (BAFTA nomination, Actor is a Supporting Role). He made his Broadway debut as the title character in Peter Shafferï¿½s Amadeus and his previous Donmar production was the award-winning Caligula (Evening Standard and Criticï¿½s Circle Awards for Best Actor, Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor). His other films include Dead Long Enough, The League of Gentlemenï¿½s Apocalypse, Kingdom of Heaven, Laws of Attraction, Bright Young Things, Underworld, The Four Feathers and Wilde.
Additional casting for Broadway is underway for the ten actors in the play.
Frost/Nixon recently transferred to Londonï¿½s West End following a sold-out run at the Donmar Warehouse. Prior to coming to Broadway, the production is playing at the Gielgud Theatre through to 3 Feb 2007.
Revisiting Frost/Nixon, critic Nicholas de Jongh said in The Evening Standard: "No other West End production surpasses Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon for serious-minded excitement and black comedy, or offers a performance to which that misused adjective ï¿½greatï¿½ applies,ï¿½ and continued, ï¿½As Nixon, Frank Langella manages an extraordinary acting feat. Michael Sheen's Frost, already an expert piece of mimicry, has magnificently deepened and darkened. Michael Grandage stages a swift, brilliant production. I was enthralled, amused and enlightened."
Alastair Macauley in The Financial Times said of Frost/Nixon: ï¿½It is a must-see: often comic, full of suspense and juicily interesting. Surely it's also a must-transfer-to-Broadway? One of its two leading actors, Frank Langella (Richard Nixon), is already a long-term Broadway star. To watch him act beside Britain's own Michael Sheen is a major theatrical event.ï¿½
Frost/Nixon tackles the question: How did David Frost, a famous British talk-show host with a playboy reputation, elicit the apology that the rest of the world was waiting to hear from former President Richard Nixon? The fast-paced new play shows the determination, conviction and cunning of two men as they square off in one of the most monumental political interviews of all time.
Frost/Nixon is Peter Morganï¿½s first stage play and was developed with Matthew Byam Shaw. His screenplay for The Queen starring Helen Mirren and Michael Sheen has garnered Morgan an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, as well as the Golden Globe, Venice Film Festival, New York Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics, and British Independent Film Awards in the same category. His other current film work includes The Last King of Scotland, which earned Morgan a British Independent Film Award nomination.
Designs for Frost/Nixon are by Christopher Oram, with lighting by Neil Austin, and the music & sound score by Adam Cork. Video design is by Jon Driscoll.
Frost/Nixon will be produced on Broadway by Matthew Byam Shaw, Arielle Tepper Madover, Robert Fox and Act Productions.
Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Michael Grandage directs. Previous work for the Donmar includes The Cut, The Wild Duck (Criticsï¿½ Circle Award for Best Director), Grand Hotel-The Musical (Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production & Evening Standard Award for Best Director), Pirandelloï¿½s Henry IV, After Miss Julie, Caligula (Olivier Award for Best Director), The Vortex, Privates on Parade, Merrily We Roll Along (Olivier Award for Best Musical & Criticsï¿½ Circle Award for Best Director), Passion Play (Evening Standard & Criticsï¿½ Circle Awards for Best Director) and Good.
DONMAR WAREHOUSE: The Donmar is a not-for-profit producing theatre in London's Covent Garden producing six shows a year. It has had a long and successful history of presenting its work in the West End, on tour, and on Broadway. Current productions in the West End include Frost/Nixon and Guys and Dolls, and the recent A Voyage Round My Father.
Donmar-generated work in New York includes Cabaret on Broadway, directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall (1998); Electra starring Zoï¿½ Wanamaker at the McCarter Theatre and later on Broadway (1998; Tony Award nomination: Best Play); The Blue Room with Nicole Kidman and Iain Glen (1998); the multi award-winning The Real Thing (Tony Award Best Play Revival) directed by David Leveaux in 2000; True West directed by Matthew Warchus; The Public Theater and Donmar collaboration of Take Me Out (winner of the Tony Award for Best New Play) (2002/2003); Twelfth Night/Uncle Vanya at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (2003); and Nine (2003).
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