Roundabout Theatre Company has announced that the role of Trofimov in the Broadway staging of The Cherry Orchard, previously reported to be played by Aaron Clifton Moten, will now be played by Kyle Beltran (Head of Passes). Tony winner Stephen Karam’s new adaptation of the Anton Chekhov classic begins rehearsals August 5 under the direction of Simon Godwin.
The star-studded principal cast includes Tony winner Chuck Cooper as Pischik, Broadway and Hollywood actress Diane Lane as Ranevskaya, Tony winner Joel Grey ( Cabaret, Wicked) as Firs, Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Varya, Tavi Gevinson ( The Crucible) as Anya, Tony winner John Glover ( Love! Valour! Compassion!) as Gaev and Harold Perrineau ( Lost, Zero Dark Thirty) as Lopakhin.
The Cherry Orchard will begin previews September 15 and open October 16 for a limited engagement through December 4 at the American Airlines Theatre. The production marks a homecoming for Lane, who made her Broadway debut in 1977 playing a child in a revival of the modern classic that starred Irene Worth (with Meryl Streep playing the maid).
The cast also includes Tina Benko (The Crucible), Susannah Flood, Maurice Jones, Quinn Mattfeld, Peter Bradbury, Philip Kerr, Lise Bruneau, Jacqueline Jarrold, Ian Lassiter and Carl Hendrick Louis.
Roundabout describes the play as “Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece about a family on the edge of ruin—and a country on the brink of revolution. The story of Lyubov Ranevskaya (Lane) and her family’s return to their fabled orchard to forestall its foreclosure, the play captures a people—and a world—in transition, and presents us with a picture of humanity in all its glorious folly. By turns tragic and funny, The Cherry Orchard still stands as one of the great plays of the modern era. First produced in Moscow in 1904, Roundabout’s new adaptation promises to breathe fresh life into this towering tale.”
Tickets are available by calling (212) 719-1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org and in person at any Roundabout box office.