The April 18 performance of Broadway's hit revival of The Moon for the Misbegotten has been canceled to allow stars Gabriel Byrne and Roy Dotrice to tape a television pilot. The program, called "Madigan Men," concerns three generations of an Irish family and would air on ABC if picked up. Byrne is also producer of the pilot.
Moon will resume performance April 19, said a spokesman.
The new staging of Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten, starring Cherry Jones and Gabriel Byrne, is quickly selling out. The drama opened on March 19 to glowing reviews, after playing previews at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre from March 7.
Moon is intended as a limited run until June 18, but an extension is being considered. The difficulty, said that spokesman, is that the stars may have to leave due to standing commitments. A decision is expected in the next two weeks.
* Moon first rose at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, where it played Jan. 14-Feb. 19. The show co-stars Roy Dotrice and is directed by Dan Sullivan.
Tony-winner Jones (The Heiress) plays the lead role of Josie Hogan, a strong, sturdy women unlucky in both her rascally, ne'er-do-well father and weak-willed, dissolute, would-be beau, Jim Tyrone.
Jones' many theatre credits include, most recently, Pride's Crossing and Tongue of a Bird, both Off-Broadway. In films, she was recently seen in "Cradle Will Rock."
Film actor Byrne will play Tyrone. The Irish-born Byrne has appeared in such films as "End of Days," "Little Women" and "The Usual Suspects."
Actor Dotrice will be Josie Hogan's rascally father in the revival, to be directed by Dan Sullivan. The English-born Dotrice made his stage debut in 1945. He made his Broadway debut in 1967 as John Aubrey in the one man show Brief Lives -- a role he reprised often around the world. More recent Broadway credits include the 1986 revival of Noel Coward's Hay Fever, starring Rosemary Harris.
Also in the cast are Paul Hewitt as Mike Hogan and Tuck Milligan as T. Stedman Harder. The design team is made up of Eugene Lee (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Pat Collins (lighting) and Richard Woodbury (sound).
Elliot Martin, Chase Mishkin and Jujamcyn Theatres produce. Martin also produced the legendary Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards mounting of the drama.
Moon hasn't been on Broadway since a 1984 staging with Kate Nelligan. Wendy Hiller originated the role of Josie in 1957, though Dewhurst is most closely identified with it, mainly for the 1973 revival that co-starred Robards.