Oh, what a difference a Tony makes.
Five days after winning the prized for best revival of a play, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has extended its run at Royal through Sept. 16. It had previously stretched its stay to July 29.
Already seen in the theatre's hometown of Chicago, as well as in London, the Terry Kinney directed revival was originally scheduled for a 99 performance run through June 17.
The Broadway cast matches that of the London and Chicago mountings, with Gary Sinise playing McMurphy (the Jack Nicholson role in the 1975 film) and Amy Morton playing Nurse Ratched. Also repeating their roles are Rick Snyder, K. Todd Freeman (The Song of Jacob Zulu) as patient friendly doctor, and Mariann Mayberry, all Steppenwolf ensemble members.
Rounding out the large cast are returning performers Ross Lehman, Tim Sampson, Eric Johner, Sarah Charipar, Stephanie Childers, Misha Kuznetsov, Danton Stone, Jeanine Morick, Bill Noble, Ron O.J. Parson, Christine Stolte, John Watson, Sr. and Afram Bill Williams. The design team includes Robert Brill (sets), Laura Bauer (costumes), Kevin Rigdon (lights) and Rob Milburn (sound).
Sinise founded Steppenwolf with Kinney and Jeff Perry in Chicago in the mid-70s. He starred in dozens of the company's productions, including famous stagings of Balm in Gilead, True West and The Grapes of Wrath. In the last several years, he has turned into the Oscar-nominated film star of "Forrest Gump," "Apollo 13," "Ransom" and "Reindeer Games." This is his first New York stage acting credit since 1990's Grapes of Wrath. He was nominated for a 2001 Tony Award, but lost out to Richard Easton of The Invention of Love.
The last show Steppenwolf brought to Broadway was Sam Shepard's Buried Child, starring Lois Smith and James Gammon. Other noteworthy Steppenwolf-New York transfers include Orphans, Balm in Gilead and The Song of Jacob Zulu.
— By Robert Simonson