Hal Holbrook will star as Willy Loman in a seven-city U.S. tour of Arthur Miller's Pulitzer-winning drama "Death of a Salesman" from January through March.
Produced by Elliot Martin, the revival will originate at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, in an engagement that runs Jan. 9-Feb. 4.
Best known for his perennial tours of "Mark Twain Tonight!," Holbrook will lead a cast that includes Elizabeth Franz ("Sister Mary Ignatius") as Linda. The tour recreates a 1994 production that won accolades at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland, OH.
After Miami, "Salesman" travels to the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN (Feb. 9-11), Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, TN (Feb. 13-18), the Colonial Theatre in Boston (Feb. 20-25), the Will Rogers Auditorium in Ft. Worth, TX (Feb. 27-March 3), the Auditorium Theatre in Denver (March 5-24) and the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos, CA (March 26-31). That schedule is subject to change.
Variety newspaper reported that a move to Broadway is also a possibility. Miller's play is the tragedy of a traveling salesman whose illusions of picture-perfect business and family life are gradually caving in on him. Instead of getting his hoped-for promotion, he's about to get fired. Instead of his two sons becoming big successes in business, they're on the skids themselves. Something went wrong back there in the distant past; some detour sent Willy into dreams of glory instead of glory itself. As his sons return home, Willy will finally have to confront the truth.
For ticket information on the Coconut Grove engagement, call (305) 442-4000.