Tony, Emmy and Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo, whose acting credits include both the comic character the Hulk in The Avengers film and Ned Weeks in the TV movie adaptation of The Normal Heart, has replaced John Turturro in Roundabout Theatre Company’s scheduled Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s 1968 drama The Price.
A production spokesperson told Playbill.com that Turturro “has left the production due to his filming schedule.”
Ruffalo, who earned his Tony nomination in the lead role of Moe Axelrod in the 2006 revival of Awake and Sing!, will appear as Victor Frank in The Price alongside co-stars Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht.
Ruffalo began his career on stage where he became an earlier interpreter of the works of playwright Kenneth Lonergan, appearing in the 1996 original Off-Broadway production of Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth. Ruffalo was nominated for the Oscar three times, for his performances in The Kids Are All Right, Foxcather, and Spotlight.
As previously announced, Steppenwolf co-founder Terry Kinney will direct The Price, which is set to begin previews February 16, and officially open March 16 at the American Airlines Theatre. The limited engagement is scheduled to play through May 7.
Shalhoub will play Walter Franz. He's best known for his Emmy and Golden Globe-winning performance as the obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk in the series Monk, but has appeared in recent years on Broadway in Act One and Golden Boy, receiving Tony Award nominations for both.
Hecht will play Esther Franz. She recently completed a Broadway run as Golde in Fiddler on the Roof. She has appeared in numerous Broadway productions, including Harvey, A View From the Bridge, After the Fall and The Assembled Parties.
The Price was last seen on Broadway in 1999 directed by James Naughton. The story follows the reunion of two estranged brothers who are brought together by their father’s death and the settling of his affairs.
“When the Great Depression cost his family their fortune, Victor Franz gave up his dream of an education to support his father,” state RTC production notes. “Three decades later, Victor has returned to his childhood home to sell the remainder of his parents’ estate. His wife, his estranged brother, and the wily furniture dealer hired to appraise their possessions all arrive with their own agendas, forcing Victor to confront a question, long‐stifled, about the value of his sacrifice.”
Visit roundabouttheatre.org or call (212) 719‐1300 for more information.
(Updated January 4, 2017)