Talk Radio had originally scheduled its first preview for Feb. 9; that date was delayed due to set construction. "There have been revisions on the recreation of the radio studio that is the set design of the play," producer Jeffrey Richards recently said about the delay. "We had a tight rehearsal schedule so this actually gives us valuable additional time to work — which is very helpful since this is an edge-of-your-seat suspense drama."
Richards, Jerry Frankel and JAM Theatricals produce the Broadway run of Talk Radio, which follows an acid-tongued, late-night talk-show host whose program is about to be picked up for national syndication. The work first played in New York in 1987 at Off-Broadway's Public Theater with Bogosian starring opposite a cast that included Linda Atkinson, John C. McGinley and Mark Metcalf. It was adapted by Bogosian and director Oliver Stone for the 1988 film.
Filling out the characters who live in the world of talk-show host character Barry Champlain (Schreiber) are Peter Hermann ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "United 93") as producer Dan Woodruff, Stephanie March ("30 Rock" and "SVU") as producer/love interest Linda MacArthur and Michael Laurence (The Rainmaker at the Arena) as friend/foil Stu Noonan. (Laurence recently replaced Erik Jensen, who had originally been announced to play the role of Noonan.)
Sebastian Stan ("The Covenant") plays a young punk caller, along with Christine Pedi (Little Me, Forbidden Broadway), Barbara Rosenblatt (The Secret Garden), Adam Sietz (Barefoot in the Park), Marc Thompson, Cornell Womack (On Golden Pond), Christy Pusz, Oliver Vaquer and Kit Williamson, who play a number of characters on the radio show (not to be seen onstage until the curtain call).
The design team for Talk Radio features Mark Wendland (set), Christopher Akerlind (lights), Laura Bauer (costumes) and Richard Woodbury (sound). Liev Schreiber — who earned a Tony Award for his work in Glengarry Glen Ross — appeared in Macbeth for The Public Theater's "Shakespeare in the Park" last summer, following up his 2003 turn in Henry V. Other credits include Harold Pinter's Betrayal; Neil LaBute's The Mercy Seat; and Othello. A co-star in the "Lackawanna Blues" HBO film, he also appeared on film in the "Scream" trilogy, "The Manchurian Candidate" remake and on television in "RKO 281" and "Spinning Boris." He made his directorial debut last year with "Everything Is Illuminated" — which he also adapted.
Another well-known Bogosian work, subUrbia, was recently staged at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre by the author's wife Jo Bonney. As a performer, Bogosian was last seen as The Devil in Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. He also appeared in his one-man works Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll; Pounding Nails in the Floor With My Forehead; Drinking in America; and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee. The scribe can also be seen in the films "Wonderland," Heights," "Igby Goes Down" and "Deconstructing Harry."
Tickets to Talk Radio at the Longacre Theater 220 West 48th Street, are available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit the official website at talkradioonbroadway.com.