The Broadway production of The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, which began previews March 21, will open on April 9 at the Ambassador Theatre. Returning from last season's Off Broadway mounting at the Public Theater are Patrick Stewart, as megalomaniacal bigamist and businessman Lyman Felt, and Frances Conroy as his first wife, as well as Oni Faida Lampley and John Vennema.
New to the cast is Katy Selverstone (Scotland Road at OB's Primary Stages), who will play Felt's second wife, Leah, and Shannon Burkett, as daughter Bessie. Meg Gibson played Leah and Kali Rocha played Bessie at the Public Theater.
The design team includes John Arnone (sets), Elizabeth Hope Clancy (costumes), Brian MacDevitt (lighting) and Dan Moses Schreier (original music).
The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, directed at the Public and again on Broadway by former CSC artistic director, David Esbjornson, looks at a bigamist who's devoted his life to the sybaritic indulgences of the Reagan era, only to find his values challenged when he's confronted with a near fatal car accident -- and both wives come to visit him. *
Mt. Morgan opened Nov. 16, 1998 at the Public Theatre, after starting previews Nov. 3. Stewart has starred on Broadway in the George C. Wolfe-directed The Tempest and his own one-man adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
Miller's other plays include The Crucible, Mr. Peters' Connections and The American Clock. It's been a heady couple of years for the playwright, who not so long ago could barely get arrested on Broadway. Things started to change with recent, well-received Broadway mountings of A View From the Bridge and All My Sons, culminating in last season's Tony-winning Death of a Salesman. A well-received revival of The Price, featuring Jeffrey DeMunn and Bob Dishy, will play at the Royale Theatre through March 5.
For tickets and information on The Ride Down Mt. Morgan call (212) 239-6200. The Ambassador street box office will open Feb. 28.