Michael Emerson, who originated the role of Oscar Wilde in the Off Broadway smash Gross Indecency, and Katie Finneran, who received acclaim for her neurotic Deirdre in Signature Theatre Company's recent revival of Bosoms and Neglect, have both been added to the roster of The Iceman Cometh, which has finished casting and starts previews March 29 for an opening April 8.
Kevin Spacey stars as Hickey, alongside Robert Sean Leonard, Paul Giamatti and London cast originals: Tim Pigott Smith, James Hazeldine, and Patrick Godfrey, all under the helm of Howard Davies. Tony Danza returns to the Great White Way to appear as Rocky the Bartender in the star-studded revival, which will run only 98 performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
Newly announced performers include Ed Dixon (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Clarke Peters, Tim Pigott Smith, Richard Riehle, Stephen Singer, Dina Spybey, Skipp Sudduth and Jeff Weiss.
In London, the hit O'Neill drama opened at the Old Vic on June 19, 1998 for a run through Aug. 1. The Almeida Theatre production, directed by Howard Davies (Almeida's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), was greeted with ecstatic reviews and sold-out performances upon opening. Spacey recently received the London Critics' Drama Award for his performance, while Davies won for his direction. Both also won the same trophies at the November 1998 Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Furthermore, both Spacey and Davies have been nominated for London theatre's top prize, the Olivier Awards, to be presented Feb. 12.
Producing the drama on Broadway are Allan S. Gordon, Bill Haber, Ira Pittelman, Elan McCallister, Trigger Street Productions and Emanuel Azenberg. The Iceman Cometh concerns the deluded pipe dreams of characters at Harry Hope's saloon who are confronted by Hickey (Spacey), a man who has broken free of his dreams and seeks to lead the others to do the same. Things come undone, however, when the reason for Hickey's transformation becomes known.
The Iceman Cometh is the third, star-studded Almeida production to enjoy a West End run this season. Having opened Apr. 2, it followed David Hare's The Judas Kiss, starring Liam Neeson, and Pirandello's Naked, with Juliette Binoche.
Although best-known for his work in films such as "The Usual Suspects" (for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor), "Seven," "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and "L.A. Confidential," Kevin Spacey's theatre credits are numerous. Broadway appearances have included Ibsen's Ghosts, O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night and Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers for which he won a Tony award in 1991.
Though best-known for his television work with "Who's the Boss," and "Taxi," Danza made his Broadway debut last year, taking over the lead in A View from the Bridge from Anthony LaPaglia, receiving largely positive reviews. Danza's Broadway stay was short lived, however, as View failed to find an audience and soon closed.
Giamatti appeared on Broadway in a star-studded 1997 Three Sisters, but his most recognizable role to date was as "Pig Vomit" in the Howard Stern film, "Private Parts."
Sean Leonard is a frequent theatre presence in New York, appearing in Candida, You Never Can Tell and Philadelphia, Here I Come!.
For tickets and information on The Iceman Cometh at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre call (212) 307-4100.