By Andrew Gans
22 Apr 2007
In addition to Langella (as President Richard Nixon) and Sheen (as Sir David Frost), Frost/Nixon also features Remy Auberjonois (as John Birt); Shira Gregory (as Evonne Goolagong); Corey Johnson (as Jack Brennan); Stephen Kunken (as Jim Reston); Stephen Rowe (as Swifty Lazar/Mike Wallace); Triney Sandoval (as Manolo Sanchez); Armand Schultz (as Bob Zelnick); and Sonya Walger (as Caroline Cushing).
About his role as the disgraced former president, Langella recently told Playbill Magazine, "I’ve come to be incredibly empathetic — rather than sympathetic — with Nixon, very protective of him. Not of the event — Watergate — not of what he did that was wrong, nothing to do with whether he behaved in a possibly illegal way. He did. But I can't play the event. I have to play a man — a man who, after months of research and talking with his employees, I've come to know and understand. I've come to have compassion for a man who was very unhappy in his own soul, a man unable to breathe the very air most humans breathe, a man who on a daily basis would wake up with what he calls the voices in his head, the overwhelming ambition, the driving need to succeed."
According to the producers, "Frost/Nixon tackles the question: How did David Frost, a famous British talk-show host with a playboy reputation, elicit the apology that the rest of the world was waiting to hear from former President Richard Nixon? The fast-paced new play shows the determination, conviction and cunning of two men as they square off in one of the most monumental political interviews of all time."
Designs for Frost/Nixon are by Christopher Oram, with lighting by Neil Austin, and the music and sound score by Adam Cork. Video design is by Jon Driscoll.
Frost/Nixon is produced on Broadway by Matthew Byam Shaw, Arielle Tepper Madover, Robert Fox and Act Productions.
Performances play Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM, Sunday at 3 PM.
Tickets, priced $76.25 and $96.25, are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com. The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre is located in Manhattan at 242 West 45th Street.
For more information visit www.frostnixononbroadway.com.