Tony Nomination Spotlight – The Iceman Cometh

The Iceman Cometh

Eight 2018 Tony Award Nominations:

Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Denzel Washington), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (David Morse), Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Costume Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play, Best Sound Design of a Play, Best Direction of a Play.

Pipe Dreams for Sale:

A new production of Eugene O’Neill’s four-act epic play starring Tony winner and two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington as a newly sober, charismatic traveling salesman whose renewed outlook on life threatens to upend the lives of his old friends.

From the Producers:

Set in the summer of 1912 at Harry Hope’s saloon on New York’s lower west side, this is O’Neill’s classic story of a freespending, boisterous salesman who compels his fellow barflies to confront their pipe dreams.

A Classic 20th Century Drama:

The Iceman Cometh was written by American playwright Eugene O’Neill in 1939. First published in 1946, the play premiered on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre that same year, where it ran for 136 performances. When O’Neill was alive, he delayed its performance on Broadway for seven years, fearing American audiences would reject it. O’Neill was at the height of his fame when he relented in 1946, and the production was a commercial success, though it received mixed reviews. The play has been revived on Broadway 4 times: in 1973 at the at the Circle in the Square Theatre, in 1985 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (featuring master O’Neill interpreter Jason Robards), in 1999 (originally a London revival) at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, and the current revival at the Jacobs Theatre.

Cast & Creatives:

The production is directed by five-time Tony winner George C. Wolfe (The Normal Heart, On the Town). Denzel Washington makes his return to Broadway in the role of Hickey  He most recently won the Tony Award for his performance as Troy Maxon in August Wilson’s Fences, a role he reprised for the 2016 film adaptation, which he also directed. Joining Washington are Tammy Blanchard as Cora, Tony winners Frank Wood and Bill Irwin as Cecil Lewis and Ed Mosher, respectively, Reg Rogers as James Cameron, Colm Meaney as Harry Hope, David Morse as Larry Slade, Danny McCarthy as Rocky Pioggi, Carolyn Braver as Pearl, Austin Butler as Don Parritt, Joe Forbrich as Lieb, Nina Grollman as Margie, Thomas Michael Hammond as Moran, Neal Huff as Willie Obam, Danny Mastrogiordio as Chuck Morello, Dakin Matthews as Piet Wetjoen, Jack McGee as Pat McGloin, Clark Middleton as Hugo Kalmar, and Michael Potts as Joe Mott.

Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly –Iceman is in good hands with this latest creative team led by director Wolfe. Washington’s Hickey proves a transfixing storyteller, a salesman who knows how to close.”

New York Times – “In addition to Mr. Washington and Mr. Morse, this [production] boasts a fine rogue’s gallery of performers. This Iceman acquires its own poignant lyricism, while vividly reminding us that in life, comedy and tragedy are seldom mutually exclusive.”

Time Out New York – “The cumulative effect of this handsomely decrepit production is bracing. In the end, however, it is Washington’s show, and he seizes it with both hands in Hickey’s climactic monologue, an aria of eroding self-deception boldly delivered straight to the audience.”

Variety – “Washington is well cast…the huge ensemble cast presents a cross-section of some of the best character actors in the business. Helmer Wolfe has trimmed the play to a reasonable length without losing the nuances.”

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