Mason, De Shields, Weiss, Lazar and More Join Cast of Broadway's Impressionism

News   Mason, De Shields, Weiss, Lazar and More Join Cast of Broadway's Impressionism Additional casting has been announced for the world premiere of Michael Jacobs' Impressionism, which is scheduled to begin previews Feb. 28, 2009 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater.
Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Joining the previously announced Tony Award winners Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen will be Marsha Mason (Steel Magnolias, Night of the Iguana), André De Shields (The Full Monty, Ain't Misbehavin'), Michael T. Weiss (TV's "The Pretender"), Aaron Lazar (Les Misérables, Tale of Two Cities) and Margarita Levieva, according to The New York Times.

Tony winner Jack O'Brien will direct the production, which will officially open March 12.

The Schoenfeld, located at 236 West 45th Street, is currently the home of the revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons, which will end its limited engagement Jan. 11, 2009.

Ostar Productions will produce Impressionism, which, press notes state, "is the story of a world traveling photojournalist and a New York gallery owner who discover each other and also that there might be an art to repairing broken lives."

Playwright Jacobs is also the author of Cheaters, which was produced on Broadway in 1978 at the Biltmore Theatre; and Getting Along Famously, which was produced Off-Broadway at the Hudson Guild Theatre. His 15 television series have won the Emmy, People's Choice, Parent's Choice and Environmental Media Awards, among others.

Joan Allen won a Tony Award for her performance in Lanford Wilson's Burn This, and she was also Tony-nominated for her work in The Heidi Chronicles. Allen has been nominated for three Academy Awards: for "The Contender," "The Crucible" and "Nixon."

Jeremy Irons won a Tony Award for his performance in the original Broadway production of The Real Thing. The English actor also won Academy and Golden Globe awards for his work in the 1990 film "Reversal of Fortune." Irons was also Golden-Globe nominated for "The Mission" and "Brideshead Revisited." Among his London stage credits are Embers and The Rover.

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