Frost/Nixon, With Langella and Sheen, To Open on Broadway April 22

News   Frost/Nixon, With Langella and Sheen, To Open on Broadway April 22 The Broadway engagement of Frost/Nixon — the London sensation about the people and events surrounding famed 1977 interviews between David Frost and Richard Nixon — will begin March 31 and open April 22 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

Frank Langella as Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon.
Frank Langella as Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon. Photo by Johan Persson

The title actors (respectively Michael Sheen and two-time Tony Award winner Frank Langella) of the current acclaimed Michael Grandage production will recreate their London roles on American soil. (American Langella is billed first in the Broadway announcement.)

The Donmar Warehouse production of Frost/Nixon, by hot screenwriter Peter Morgan ("The Queen") is an Olivier Award Best New Play nominee. The production won the Evening Standard Award.

A limited 20-week run has been announced for the Jacobs Theatre. Frost/Nixon will be produced on Broadway by Matthew Byam Shaw, Arielle Tepper Madover, Robert Fox and Act Productions.

Additional casting for Broadway is underway for the ten actors in the play. (Given the title, some theatregoers may be under the impression that the work is a flat two-character interview play, but the play is celebrated as being provocative, theatrical and flinty — and populated with players from the worlds of both Frost and Nixon.)

According to production notes, "Frost/Nixon tackles the question: How did David Frost, a famous British talk-show host with a playboy reputation, elicit the apology that the rest of the world was waiting to hear from former President Richard Nixon? The fast-paced new play shows the determination, conviction and cunning of two men as they square off in one of the most monumental political interviews of all time." Frost/Nixon recently transferred to London's West End following a sold-out run at the Donmar Warehouse. Prior to coming to Broadway, the production is playing at the Gielgud Theatre through Feb. 3.

Frank Langella and Michael Sheen have also each received Best Actor Olivier Award nominations for their roles in Frost/Nixon.

Frost/Nixon is Peter Morgan's first stage play and was developed with Matthew Byam Shaw. His screenplay for "The Queen" starring Helen Mirren and Michael Sheen has garnered Morgan an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, as well as the Golden Globe, Venice Film Festival, New York Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics, and British Independent Film Awards in the same category. His other current film work includes "The Last King of Scotland," which earned Morgan a British Independent Film Award nomination.

Designs for Frost/Nixon are by Christopher Oram, with lighting by Neil Austin, and the music and sound score by Adam Cork. Video design is by Jon Driscoll.

Two-time Tony Award-winner Frank Langella plays Richard Nixon. His recent Broadway credits include Match, Fortune's Fool (Tony Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play), Present Laughter and The Father (Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play). He also received the Best Featured Actor in a Play Tony Award for his role in Edward Albee's Seascape.

Michael Sheen plays David Frost. The award-winning actor can be seen currently in Peter Morgan's film, "The Queen," portraying Prime Minister Tony Blair (BAFTA nomination, Actor is a Supporting Role). He made his Broadway debut as the title character in Peter Shaffer's Amadeus and his previous Donmar production was the award-winning Caligula (Evening Standard and Critic's Circle Awards for Best Actor, Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor). His films include "Dead Long Enough," "The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse," "Kingdom of Heaven," "Laws of Attraction," "Bright Young Things," "Underworld," "The Four Feathers" and "Wilde"

Donmar Warehouse artistic director Michael Grandage's previous work for the Donmar includes The Cut (also UK tour), The Wild Duck (Critics' Circle Award for Best Director), Grand Hotel-The Musical (Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production & Evening Standard Award for Best Director), Pirandello's Henry IV (also UK tour), After Miss Julie, Caligula (Olivier Award for Best Director), The Vortex, Privates on Parade, Merrily We Roll Along (Olivier Award for Best Musical & Critics' Circle Award for Best Director), Passion Play (Evening Standard & Critics' Circle Awards for Best Director) and Good. Grandage has just directed Patrick Marber's Don Juan in Soho and is about to direct a new version of John Gabriel Borkman in the forthcoming Donmar season. His productions of Guys and Dolls (for the Donmar – Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production) and Evita are currently running in the West End.

Michael Sheen is appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association.

Performance schedule and ticket information to follow. For more information, visit www.frostnixononbroadway.com.

Michael Sheen and Frank Langella in <i>Frost/Nixon</i>.
Michael Sheen and Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon. Photo by Johan Persson
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