Film actor Gabriel Byrne will play opposite Cherry Jones in the upcoming Broadway revival of O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten, due at the Walter Kerr March 9 (March 22 opening), after a run in Chicago.
The Irish-born Byrne, who will play Jamie Tyrone, has appeared in such films as "End of Days," "Little Women" and "The Usual Suspects."
Actor Roy Dotrice is being considered to play the role of Josie Hogan's rascally father in the revival, to be directed by Dan Sullivan. The play is due to run at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Jan. 14-Feb. 19.
A spokesman for the show says (Nov. 5) that Sullivan wants Dotrice for the role, but that talks are continuing and nothing has been signed.
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. Jones 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. No one has yet been cast in the plum role of Jim.
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.