After a successful recent revival of All My Sons, New York's Roundabout Theatre Company continues its investigation of Arthur Miller's works with a well-received revival of A View From The Bridge starring Anthony LaPaglia.
Penned as a long one-act in 1955 and then expanded the following year, A View From The Bridge, began Broadway previews Nov. 25, opened Dec. 14 and was to end Feb. 1 but then was extended to Feb. 15 and has now (Jan. 9) been extended one more week to Feb. 22.
LaPaglia (The Rose Tattoo) stars alongside Allison Janney (Beatrice), Brittany Murphy (Catherine), Gabriel Olds (Rodolpho), Christian Lincoln, Daniel Serafini-Sauli, John Speredakos, Mark Zeisler, Adam Trese (Marco) and Stephen Spinella (Aach) . Trese and Spinella will leave the show Jan. 11 and be replaced, respectively, by Jeffrey Donovan and Robert LuPone.
Janney starred opposite Frank Langella in Present Laughter and Off Broadway in Blue Window, New England and Five Women Wearing The Same Dress. Spinella, who plays Alfieri, is a two-time Tony winner, both for the same play -- sort of. He won a best featured actor Tony for Angels In America, Part I and a best actor Tony for Angels In America, Part II. Other roles include Tony Kushner's adaptation of The Illusion, and New York Theatre Workshop's mounting of David Rabe's A Question Of Mercy.
LuPone appeared in Zoya's House, Late Night Comic and the original cast of A Chorus Line (as Zach). He's an executive director of Off-Broadway's Manhattan Class Company. Donovan's credits include An Inspector Calls and Off-Broadway's Skyscraper. Bridge takes a tragic look at a man afraid of losing his niece -- and the security of his own sexuality. Michael Mayer directs -- a real coup, since he also directed the Broadawy musical Triumph Of Love, which opened Oct. 23. Mayer also staged Craig Lucas' Missing Persons in 1995 at NY's Atlantic Theatre Company, and he conceived and staged the WPA revue, Hundreds Of Hats.
Roundabout has announced that theatregoers who purchased memberships (i.e., subscriptions) to the 1996-97 season at the now-defunct Circle In The Square, can buy $10 tickets to shows in the 1997-98 Roundabout season. Circle members should fax -- (212) 869-8817 -- or mail their name, address and a copy of their membership card to the Roundabout Theatre: 1530 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.
For tickets ($55; half-price for those 18 and under) and information on A View From the Bridge, call (212) 869-8400. Info on Roundabout shows can also be found on its website www.roundabouttheatre.org.