While negotiations to bring the the hit London production of The Iceman Cometh starring Kevin Spacey to Broadway continue, it looks as though the show's large British supporting cast won't be joining him on the Broadway stage, according to an article in Variety.
A spokesman from producer Emanuel Azenberg's office refused to comment on the casting of the American engagement, saying "This office has nothing to say whatsoever about The Iceman Cometh and will not for the next three months." But Jujamcyn Theatres president Rocco Landesman confirmed to Playbill On-Line June 18 that Iceman, originally planned fall a fall transfer, is now looking at a limited, 12-week stay in the spring of 1999. The time frame changed, he said, when Spacey's availability was found to be confined to that time.
Iceman will go into the O'Neill Theatre -- appropriately enough -- and be a limited run of perhaps three months, added Landesman.
A call to Actors Equity Association, which must approve an exchange of British and American actors and most likely had something to say about so large a British cast coming to New York, was not returned.
In London, the hit O'Neill drama opened at the Old Vic on June 19 for a run through Aug. 1. The Almeida Theatre production, directed by Howard Davies (Almeida's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), was greeted with ecstatic reviews and sold-out performances upon opening. The Iceman Cometh concerns the deluded pipe dreams of characters at Harry Hope's saloon who are confronted by Hickey (Spacey), a man who has broken free of his dreams and seeks to lead the others to do the same. Things come undone, however, when the reason for Hickey's transformation becomes known.
The Iceman Cometh is the third, star-studded Almeida production to enjoy a West End run this season. Having opened Apr. 2, it followed David Hare's The Judas Kiss, starring Liam Neeson, and Pirandello's Naked, with Juliette Binoche.
Although best-known for his work in films such as The Usual Suspects, for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, Seven and LA Confidential, Kevin Spacey's theatre credits are numerous. Broadway appearances have included Ibsen's Ghosts, O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night and Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers for which he won a Tony award in 1991.
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