The Homecoming Makes a Homecoming On Broadway Dec. 4

News   The Homecoming Makes a Homecoming On Broadway Dec. 4 The Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, which was delayed due to the recent stagehands strike, begins previews at the Cort Theatre Dec. 4.
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The production, which was originally scheduled to begin previews Nov. 23, will officially open Dec. 16 at 7 PM.

Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the company comprises Ian McShane, Raúl Esparza, Eve Best, Michael McKean, James Frain and Gareth Saxe. (A free run-through of The Homecoming was presented Nov. 25 at New World Stages to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. That evening featured the entire Broadway cast.)

Set in North London, The Homecoming, according to press notes, "concerns the ultimate dysfunctional family, presided over by its patriarch Max (McShane). Living under his dilapidated roof are his younger brother Sam (McKean), and two of his sons: Lenny (Esparza), the town pimp, and Joey (Saxe), a boxer-in-training. Tensions begin to flair with the arrival of Max's eldest son Teddy (Frain), who returns home after six years with his new wife Ruth (Best). Seduction, betrayal, and divisiveness ensue, as the family welcomes the homecoming of its estranged brother and vies for the attention of his dangerously alluring wife."

The design team features set designer Eugene Lee, lighting designer Kenneth Posner, costume designer Jess Goldstein and sound designer John Gromada.

Harold Pinter is also the author of The Caretaker, Betrayal, The Room, Ashes to Ashes and Celebration. The Homecoming is produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Ergo Entertainment, Barbara and Buddy Freitag, Michael Gardner, Herb Goldsmith, Terry Schnuck, Hal Thau, Michael Filerman/Lynn Peyser and Ronald Frankel/David Jaroslowitz.

The Homecoming made its Broadway debut in January 1967 at the Music Box Theatre. The production won four 1967 Tonys: Best Play, Best Direction of a Play (Peter Hall), Best Actor in a Play (Paul Rogers) and Best Featured Actor in a Play (Ian Holm). A revival was seen in 1991 at the Criterion Center Stage Right.

The Cort Theatre is located in Manhattan at 138 West 48th Street.

For more information visit TheHomecomingOnBroadway.com.

The cast of <i>The Homecoming</i> with director Sullivan at a rehearsal of the new Broadway production.
The cast of The Homecoming with director Sullivan at a rehearsal of the new Broadway production. Photo by Aubrey Reuben