Technical Difficulties: Talk Radio Delays Broadway Preview and Opening

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The Broadway bow of Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio — starring Tony Award winner Liev Schreiber — has been delayed due to set construction.

Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber Photo by Aubrey Reuben

"There have been revisions on the recreation of the radio studio that is the set design of the play," said producer Jeffrey Richards about the delay. "We had a tight rehearsal schedule so this actually gives us valuable additional time to work — which is very helpful since this is an edge-of-your-seat suspense drama."

Originally scheduled to begin previews at the Longacre Theatre Feb. 9 and open Feb. 25, the Robert Falls-directed production will now begin performances Feb. 15 and open March 11. The production has added a holiday performance on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 7 PM.

Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and JAM Theatricals produce the Broadway run of Talk Radio, which follows an acid-tongued, late-night talk-show host whose program is about to be picked up for national syndication. The work first played in New York in 1987 at Off-Broadway's Public Theater with Bogosian starring opposite a cast that included Linda Atkinson, John C. McGinley and Mark Metcalf. It was adapted by Bogosian and director Oliver Stone for the 1988 film.

Filling out the characters who live in the world of talk-show host character Barry Champlain (Schreiber) will be Peter Hermann ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "United 93") as producer Dan Woodruff, Stephanie March ("30 Rock" and "SVU") as producer/love interest Linda MacArthur and Erik Jensen (The Exonerated) as friend/foil Stu Noonan. Sebastian Stan ("The Covenant") will play a young punk caller, along with Christine Pedi (Little Me, Forbidden Broadway), Barbara Rosenblatt (The Secret Garden), Adam Sietz (Barefoot in the Park) and Cornell Womack (On Golden Pond), who will play a number of characters on the radio show (not to be seen onstage until the curtain call).

The design team for Talk Radio will include Mark Wendland (set), Christopher Akerlind (lights), Laura Bauer (costumes) and Richard Woodbury (sound). Tickets to Talk Radio at the Longacre Theater 220 West 48th St., are available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit the official website at talkradioonbroadway.com.

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