The new staging of Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten, starring Cherry Jones, is currently rehearsing in New York City. The show, co-starring Gabriel Byrne and Roy Dotrice, is set to open out-of-town at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, on Jan. 14, 2000 (official opening Jan. 24) for a run through Feb. 19. It will then proceed to Broadway Walter Kerr Theatre, previews beginning March 9.
Tony-winner Jones (The Heiress) will play the lead role of Josie Hogan, a strong, sturdy women unlucky in both her rascally, ne'er-do-well father and weak-willed, dissolute, would-be beau, Jim Tyrone.
Film actor Byrne will play Tyrone. The Irish-born Byrne has appeared in such films as "End of Days," "Little Women" and "The Usual Suspects."
Actor Dotrice will be Josie Hogan's rascally father in the revival, to be directed by Dan Sullivan. The English-born Dotrice made his stage debut in 1945. He made his Broadway debut in 1967 as John Aubrey in the one man show Brief Lives -- a role he reprised often around the world. More recent Broadway credits include the 1986 revival of Noel Coward's Hay Fever, starring Rosemary Harris.
Elliot Martin, Chase Mishkin and Jujamcyn Theatres produce. Martin also produced the legendary Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards mounting of the drama. "I've wanted to reproduce this play for several years," Martin told Playbill On-Line in 1998. "But the kind of actress who can play Josie comes along very rarely. Cherry just hit the bell when I saw her in Pride's Crossing. And lo and behold she's wanted to do it for several years."
Moon hasn't been on Broadway since a 1984 staging with Kate Nelligan. Wendy Hiller originated the role of Josie in 1957, though Dewhurst is most identified with it, mainly for a 1973 revival that co starred Robards.