The Broadway production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman has enjoyed a post-New York life on cable, at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, and will soon travel to the Fox Theatre in St. Louis and the previously-announced Shubert Theatre in Boston.
Brian Dennehy and Elizabeth Franz will once again respectively play Willy Loman and his loyal wife, Linda, but in St. Louis and Boston Ted Koch, the actor who played Happy at the Goodman Theatre (in 1998, prior to New York), Broadway and the Ahmanson, will play frustrated son Biff, the apple of Willy's eye. Ron Eldard, who replaced Kevin Anderson as Biff in New York and also played the role on L.A., will not continue with the two fall bookings. Steve Cell, a longtime understudy with the staging, will play Happy.
Death of a Salesman began at the Ahmanson Sept. 12 and continues to Nov. 5. It moves to the St. Louis Fox Nov. 16-21 and the Boston Shubert Nov. 28-Dec. 10. The bookings are best described as engagements and are not part of a larger national tour.
Robert Falls directed the production. Dennehy took home a Best Actor Tony Award for his performance, Franz won a Best Featured Actress (Play) Tony. The staging won the Best Revival (Play) Tony.
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Arthur Miller's classic began Broadway previews Jan. 22, 1999, at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. The show's producers were not without a sense of history: The play opened Feb. 10, 1999, fifty years to the day since the original production of Salesman bowed on Broadway.
Along with stars Dennehy, Franz and Anderson, the show included Howard Witt as Charley, Chelsea Altman, Kate Buddeke, Barbara eda-Young, Allen Hamilton, Kent Klineman, Stephanie March, Steve Pickering and Richard Thompson.