Lonesome West Heading to Lyceum; Night Must Fall Dims April 11

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The Lyceum Theatre will go west --- with Martin McDonagh's The Lonesome West -- April 19, when previews for the new work by the author of The Beauty Queen of Leenane begin.

The Lyceum Theatre will go west --- with Martin McDonagh's The Lonesome West -- April 19, when previews for the new work by the author of The Beauty Queen of Leenane begin.

It wasn't made public until March 15 where West would go; casting is still not known.

The Lyceum's current tenant, National Actors Theatre's Night Must Fall starring Matthew Broderick, will close April 11 (rather than the announced April 18), to accommodate Matthew Broderick's schedule for his upcoming stint at Hartford Stage (in Horton Foote's The Death of Papa). NAT stagings are usually limited runs.

The Daily News reported Tony Award nominee Brian F. O'Byrne (of Beauty Queen) as a possibility for the new McDonagh play, set in the same Irish town where mother and daughter wounded each other in Beauty Queen, but a spokesperson for the show could not confirm casting March 15.

Steven Levy and Randall L. Wreghitt are producing The Lonesome West -- part of McDonagh's "Leenane" trilogy -- on Broadway just before the season ends. Opening night is set for April 27. The Tony eligibility cutoff is April 28. Lonesome West, part of a trio that also includes A Skull in Connemara, concerns bickering brothers who spar over everything "from snack foods to hairstyles." Into this maelstrom step a tough but lovestruck teen and a lonely priest who tries to make peace.

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Two of the prolific McDonagh's plays have thus far made the trip across the Atlantic. The Beauty Queen of Leenane debuted at the Atlantic Theatre Company in early 1998 and quickly transferred to Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre. Nominated for a best play Tony (Art won), the show did capture several acting Tonys and a win for Irish director Garry Hynes, who will also stage Lonesome West. She had already staged West in London back in 1997 with her Druid Theatre Company. Wreghitt told the New York Times he hoped to bring several cast-members from that production to America, pending Actors' Equity approval.

The designers for Beauty Queen will also take part in West: Francis O'Connor (sets-costumes) and Ben Ormerod (lighting).

McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan opened with less success in the spring of 1998 at the Public Theater. That play, like Leenane, is starting to receive numerous regional productions.

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