Cherry Jones will be the good salvation army major who must fight against her heritage as the daughter of a joyfully wicked (and maddeningly articulate) Victorian industrialist in the new Roundabout Theatre Company revival of George Bernard Shaw’s classic Major Barbara. The play, directed by Daniel Sullivan (Jones' pilot in 2000's A Moon for the Misbegotten), will begin previews at the American Airlines Theatre on June 15. Opening night is July 12. She'll play opposite English actor David Warner, as evil-but-entertaining Andrew Undershaft.
This will not be Jones' first stab at the role. She told Time Out New York that she played the part in 1990 at Boston's A.R.T. Her other recent roles include Pride's Crossing (Lincoln Center Theater), The Night of the Iguana (Roundabout) and Tongue of a Bird (Public Theater).
That cast also includes Dana Ivey (The Death of Papa at CT's Hartford Stage), Zak Orth (Misalliance) and Denis O'Hare (Cabaret). (The latter will again be directed by Daniel Sullivan when Ten Unknowns moves from the Mitzi Newhouse to Broadway this fall).
Daniel Sullivan has done very well the past two season directing new works by contemporary authors, such as Proof, Ten Unknowns, Spinning Into Butter and Dinner With Friends. He won a 2001 Tony Award for Proof, which is still running on Broadway. This will be his first stab at a classic since Moon.