The summer staging of Arthur Miller's The Price, directed in August by James Naughton at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, will open at Broadway's Royale Theatre 6:45 PM Nov. 15, six days later than previously announced.
The later opening gives the cast another week to settle into the house where the three-actor Art was a hit for two years. The Price, Miller's 1967 sibling drama, is still on track to begin previews Oct. 29 at the Royale.
Producer David Richenthal said the staging he saw at the Williamstown Festival in Massachusetts was so tight that it prompted him to take on the idea of Broadway remount as the sole producer (a Broadway rarity).
"This is a hugely underrated play of Arthur's," Richenthal told Playbill On Line. "It's in the family of Salesman and View From the Bridge and All My Sons. What it needs is to be played by a string quartet otherwise it doesn't sing." At Williamstown, under the direction of Naughton and starring Jeffrey DeMunn, Bob Dishy, Lizbeth Mackay and Harris Yulin, "it sang," he said> He expects the same when they reprise their parts at the Royale.
Recreating their festival designs for Broadway are Michael Brown (set), Laurie Churba (costume), Rui Rita (lighting) and Jerry Yager (sound).
The play deals in Miller's strong suit: Shuffling through the emotional detritus of sibling rivalry and familial bitterness. When the siblings reunite, the poor-policeman brother who stayed attached to the family upbraids his rich-doctor brother, who abandoned their father.
Richenthal is one of the producers of Broadway's current Death of a Salesman, which will close Nov. 7 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
The plan is for a run of at least six months (the initial contract length), Richentahl said.
The Williamstown revival of Miller's four-character 1967 drama about two brothers reuniting to root through their dead father's belongings (in an attic) played the Main Stage of the Massachusetts fest Aug. 18-29.
The play's examination of siblings in relation to their lost parents is one of the factors that attracted Richenthal: "I do have siblings," he said, "and this does for siblings what Salesman does for fathers and sons, although this play also speaks to parenting..."
The previous Broadway revival of The Price was staged by the Roundabout Theatre Company (at the Criterion Center) in 1992-93. Directed by John Tillinger, it starred Hector Elizondo, Eli Wallach, Debra Mooney and Joe Spano. It was nominated for the Best Revival Tony Award.
Pat Hingle and Arthur Kennedy played the brothers in the Broadway original in the 1967-68 season. Miller was nominated for a 1968 Tony Award for his play, but the prize went to Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.