David Harbour in Line to Play Nick in New Broadway Woolf Revival

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David Harbour, the busy New York actor who recently completed a run in Between Us at Manhattan Theatre Club, is likely to play Nick in the new Broadway revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Playbill On-Line has learned.

Jonathan Pryce will star as George in a 2004-05 revival. No casting has been officially announced.

Harbour has been ubiquitous of late, jumping from one stage to the next. He played Moses John Jackson, the athletic, manly object of young A.E. Housman's affections in Broadway's The Invention of Love in 2001. He then gave a standout performance as a slick operator in the Signature Theatre Company's hit 2003 revival of Lanford Wilson's The Fifth of July. From there, he went on to the Lincoln Center premiere of Jules Fieffer's A Bad Friend and the Public Theater's presentation of Two Noble Kinsmen.

The production will be the first Broadway revival of the landmark drama since 1976. That mounting, directed by the playwright, ran 117 performances.

No Martha has been named?something of an oddity in that many mountings of Woolf hinge on the casting of the volcanic role created by the recently deceased Uta Hagen. Pryce got a chance to experience the great Hagen's Martha on Nov. 14, 1999, in New York, and on April 16, 2000, in Los Angeles, when the two appeared in a couple celebrated benefit readings of the Woolf. Proceeds from the events went to Hagen's HB Playwrights Foundation and Theatre.

Pryce last appeared on Broadway in Miss Saigon, for which he won a Tony Award. He is currently acting in Albee's The Goat in the West End. In 2002, reports emerged that Jessica Lange and Ed Harris had expressed interest in playing the lead roles of Martha and George. Other actresses mentioned from time to time as being eager the play Martha are Mercedes Ruehl, Christine Lahti, Judith Ivey, Bette Midler, Patti LuPone and Stockard Channing.

On Sept. 4, Albee told Playbill On-Line, "So many people want to do it and so many people aren't right.... This is the first revival in New York since I directed it in 1976 with Colleen Dewhurst and Ben Gazzara. Why waste a production?"

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