'Life of Pi' to open on Broadway in March 2023
The award-winning play is adapted from the bestselling book of the same name.
Fresh from a hit run in London, the acclaimed stage adaptation of Life of Pi is set to transfer to Broadway this spring. The show, by Lolita Chakrabarti, will begin performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on March 9 ahead of a March 30 opening.
Life of Pi is based on Yann Martel's same-named 2001 novel, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and received a four-time Oscar-winning film adaptation in 2012. The stage adaptation premiered in London's West End in 2021, winning five Olivier Awards including Best New Play.
Life of Pi centers on Pi, a 16-year-old boy stranded in the Pacific Ocean after a shipwreck with four other survivors — a tiger, a zebra, a hyena, and an orangutan. The play is an adventure story about this unlikely group's struggle to survive.
The play received acclaim in London for its eye-catching stagecraft, particularly the intricate puppetry that brings the animals to life. A four-star review of Life of Pi on London Theatre reads, "It's a clear team effort: serious theatrical craft and creative brilliance that results in images of hallucinatory beauty."
Life of Pi is directed by Max Webster, with set and costume design by Tim Hatley, puppet and movement direction by Finn Caldwell, puppet design by Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell, video design by Andrzej Goulding, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound design by Carolyn Downing, original music by Andrew T Mackay, and dramaturgy by Jack Bradley.
Casting for Life of Pi on Broadway has yet to be announced.
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