Tony Danza, best known for his work on the TV sitcoms "Who's The Boss" and "Taxi," takes over the lead role July 21 in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge, which won the 1998 Tony as Best Revival of a Play.
He succeeds Tony-winning Best Actor Anthony LaPaglia in the role of Eddie. Bridge takes a tragic look at a man afraid of losing his niece -- and the security of his own sexuality.
The production originated at Roundabout Theatre Company and transferred to the Neil Simon Theatre for a commercial run. The show will now close Sept. 5, making room for Matthew Bourne's adaptation of Swan Lake, arriving Sept. 28.
Variety has reported that Danza and the producers are still in discussions over a proposed 20-city national tour, to be handled by the Nederlander Organization.
Danza also appeared Off-Broadway in Wrong Turn At Lungfish. "I'm so excited to be going to Broadway," Danza told Variety, "coming home to New York, and bringing my family with me. What more could I ask for?" After its acclaimed mounting at the Roundabout, previews for A View From The Bridge at the Neil Simon Theatre began Apr. 4 for an official re opening Apr. 15. For the week ending June 21, Bridge grossed $222,797 and filled only 58.3 percent of capacity.
Most of the current cast moved with the show from the Roundabout to the Neil Simon, though supporting player Daniel Serafini-Sauli left for a role in Judas Kiss. Several cast changes have since occurred, including understudy Caren Browning taking over for Allison Janney as Beatrice, June 25. Currently in the show are Robert LuPone (as Alfieri), Chelsea Altman (as Catherine), John Speredakos, Christian Lincoln, Gabriel Olds, Mark Zeisler (Mike), Gregory Esposito (Louis) and Jeffrey Donovan (Marco).
LuPone appeared in Zoya's House, Late Night Comic and the original cast of A Chorus Line (as Zach). He's an executive director of Off-Broadway's Manhattan Class Company. Donovan's credits include An Inspector Calls and Off Broadway's Skyscraper.
Penned as a long one-act in 1955 and then expanded the following year, A View From The Bridge's current revival began Broadway previews Nov. 25 and opened Dec. 14. The staging comes after another well-received Arthur Miller revival at the Roundabout, All My Sons, and fell concurrently with a season-long Miller restrospective at Off-Broadway's Signature Theatre.
Michael Mayer directs -- a real coup, since he also directed the recent Broadway musical Triumph Of Love, the Off-Broadway comedy Stupid Kids, and the drama Side Man, also currently at the Roundabout. Mayer also staged Craig Lucas' Missing Persons in 1995 at NY's Atlantic Theatre Company, and he conceived and staged the WPA revue, Hundreds Of Hats.
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