A spokesperson for the production confirmed that beginning March 28, interested theatregoers will be able to purchase tickets for the revival of the Wilde play, which begins its limited run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) April 12. The official opening night is scheduled for April 30, and the 58-performance run will end June 7. The cast will also include Dianne Wiest and David Strathairn.
Pacino, who spent the fall in the National Actors Theatre's production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, will play Herod in the Salome revival, and Tomei will portray the title character. Both actors took part in a reading of Salome this past November and December at Brooklyn's St. Ann's Warehouse. Like that production, the Broadway version will be directed by Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons. Robert Fox, Daryl Roth and Amy Nederlander will produce.
Salome, a tale of lust and revenge, follows the legend of King Herod and his lust for Salome, his young stepdaughter, and her sexual baiting of John the Baptist. Pacino starred in the 1992 production of the Wilde play at Circle in the Square Theatre. The recent Brooklyn workshop of Salome also starred Tim Altmeyer, Jill Alexander, Brian Delate, Daryl Dismond, Timothy Doyle, Andrew Garman, Bob Heller, Owen Hollander, Bob Lavelle, Chris McGarry, Ed Setrakian, Kevin Stapleton, David Strathairn and Dianne Wiest.
Al Pacino made his Broadway debut in the 1969 production of Does a Tiger Wear Necktie?, earning a Tony Award for his performance. He scored another Tony for his role in the 1977 revival of The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel. The stage and film actor was last on Broadway in 1996 in a revival of Hughie, which he also directed. Pacino's other Broadway credits include Camino Real, King Richard III, American Buffalo, Chinese Coffee and Salome. He received the Academy Award for his work in the film "Scent of a Woman" and starred in the recent motion picture, "Simone."
Salome will play Monday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM with Saturday matinees at 2 PM. Tickets are priced at $55 and $85. Beginning March 28, call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or log on to www.telecharge.com.