Bogosian's Talk Radio, with Schreiber, Opens on Broadway

News   Bogosian's Talk Radio, with Schreiber, Opens on Broadway Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio goes live on the air with Tony Award winner Liev Schreiber behind the microphone when the play officially opens on Broadway March 11 at the Longacre Theatre.

Liev Schreiber in Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio.
Liev Schreiber in Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio. Photo by Joan Marcus

Robert Falls directs the production, which began previews at the Feb. 15 (following a delay due to set revisions). Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and JAM Theatricals produce the Broadway run.

Talk Radio 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 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 includes Mark Wendland (set), Christopher Akerlind (lights), Laura Bauer (costumes) and Richard Woodbury (sound). 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.

Director Falls serves as artistic director at the Goodman Theatre and has maintained a healthy Broadway resume with his stagings of Shining City, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Aida, Death of a Salesman, The Young Man from Atlanta, The Night of the Iguana, The Rose Tattoo and The Speed of Darkness. He earned Tony Awards for his direction of Long Day's Journey Into Night and Death of a Salesman.

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 Theatre, 220 West 48th Street, are available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit the official website at talkradioonbroadway.com.

Michael Laurence and Stephanie March (background) in the Broadway Revival of <i>Talk Radio</i>.
Michael Laurence and Stephanie March (background) in the Broadway Revival of Talk Radio. Photo by Joan Marcus