The Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, already seen in the theatre's hometown of Chicago, as well as in London, has found a nest on Broadway, nabbing the Royale Theatre for the spring. The Royale was recently shaken loose when Copenhagen announced a closing date of Jan. 21. Dates for Cuckoo have not been set.
The Royale had been thought a likely home for 3hree, the Harold Prince-fostered trio of three one-act musicals which is eyeing a move to Broadway.
Cuckoo - a stage version of Ken Kesey's novel, which was made into the famous 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson - bowed in London on July 27, for a run through Aug. 5, at the Barbican as part of the BITE:00 Festival there. The London cast matched the Chicago one, with Gary Sinise (in the Nicholson role), Amy Morton, Rick Snyder, K. Todd Freeman and Mariann Mayberry all making the trip.
The cast of the New York staging is yet to be determined, but Mayberry will be busy performing on the Steppenwolf stage in David Copperfield in February and March of next year.
The last show Steppenwolf brought to Broadway was Sam Shepard's Buried Child, a mounting directed by Sinise and starring Lois Smith and James Gammon. Other noteworthy Steppenwolf-New York transfers include True West, Balm in Gilead, The Grapes of Wrath and The Song of Jacob Zulu. *
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the play, was written by Dale Wasserman. Sinise starred as McMurphy in the mental hospital drama, and Morton was Nurse Ratched. (Both are members of the theatre, Sinise a founder). Terry Kinney directed. The show -- which was aimed at London and possibly New York from the very start -- began previews at Steppenwolf April 6 and officially opened April 16. Thereafter, it extended several times, finally concluding in late June. Rounding out the cast were Sarah Chariper, Stephanie Childers, Jennifer Engstrom, Eric Johner, Leonard Kraft, Misha Kuznetsov, Ross Lehman, Bill Noble, Ron O.J. Parson, Tim Sampson, Warren Schueneman, Christian Stolte, Greg Vinkler, Danton Stone, Afram Bill Williams and John Watson, Sr.
Kinney, a founder of the Chicago theatre along with Sinise and Jeff Perry, has previously directed A Streetcar Named Desire, A Clockwork Orange and ...And a Nightingale Sang. As an actor, he has starred in The Grapes of Wrath and Buried Child, both on Broadway.
Morton was seen on the New York stage recently in Tina Landau's Space at the Public Theater. At Steppenwolf, her credits include Three Days of Rain and The Berlin Circle, and, as director, Mizlansky/Zilinsky.