Less than a week after celebrating its official opening night at the Belasco Theatre, the Broadway premiere of Network has announced it’s staying on the air longer than expected. The multimedia-driven production will now play through April 28, 2019, at the Belasco Theatre instead of the previously announced March 17.
Tony and Emmy winner Bryan Cranston takes on the role of news anchor Howard Beale, the part that earned Peter Finch a posthumous Oscar for the 1976 film of the same name. Joining Cranston on stage are Tony Goldwyn as Max Schumacher, Tatiana Maslany in her Broadway debut as Diana Christensen, and Tony winner Frank Wood as Nelson Chaney.
Ivo van Hove’s staging, which features a script adapted by Lee Hall, premiered last year the National Theatre in London, where Cranston earned an Olivier Award for his performance. Since crossing the pond, the production has consistently played to full or near-full capacity, and managing to reach seven figures over Thanksgiving and the subsequent week.
The play follows the unexpected rise and fall of news anchor Howard, who unravels live on screen during his final broadcast. When the ratings soar, the network seizes on the opportunity to exploit the populist prophet.
Rounding out the company are Joshua Boone as Frank Hackett, Alyssa Bresnahan as Louise Schumacher, Ron Canada as Edward Ruddy, Julian Elijah Martinez as Harry Hunter, Nick Wyman as Arthur Jensen, Barzin Akhavan, Jason Babinsky, Camila Canó-Flaviá, Eric Chayefsky, Gina Daniels, Nicholas Guest, Joe Paulik, Susannah Perkins, Victoria Sendra, Henry Stram, Bill Timoney, Joseph Varca, Nicole Villamil, and Jeena Yi.