By Andrew Gans
and Kenneth Jones
06 Dec 2009
|Photo by Greg Williams|
At the request of co-stars Craig and Jackman, this added 7 PM performance benefits New Yorkers For Children and the NYCPBA Widows & Children's Fund.
A Steady Rain officially opened on Broadway Sept. 29 following previews that began Sept. 10. Tony Award nominee John Crowley (The Pillowman) directed the strictly limited 12-week engagement.
Craig plays even-tempered Joey with Jackman as hot-headed Denny, who explain the texture of their long-time friendship, and the violent recent events — personal and professional — that threaten to destroy it. Understudies are C.J. Wilson (for Joey) and Danny Mastrogiorgio (for Denny).
The intermissionless A Steady Rain, according to the producers, "is a new American play that tells the story of two Chicago cops who are lifelong friends and their differing accounts of a few harrowing days that changed their lives forever." According to the Playbill, the drama is set in Chicago in "the not-too-distant past."
A Steady Rain was first produced in 2006 at New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater. It had its professional world premiere in 2007 at Chicago Dramatists and was remounted in February 2008 at Chicago's Royal George Theatre winning Jefferson Awards for Best New Work and Best Production.
A Steady Rain marks the Broadway debut of Craig, known as the latest James Bond in the famed film series. In London he has worked with the Royal National Theatre (Angels in America), the Peter Hall Company at the Old Vic (Hurlyburly), and he was nominated for a 2002 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Number at the Royal Court Theatre. His film credits include "Defiance," "Quantum of Solace," "Flashbacks of a Fool," "The Golden Compass," "The Invasion," "Casino Royale," "Infamous" and "Renaissance," among others.
Jackman, who was recently seen on screen in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," earned a Tony Award for his work in the Broadway musical The Boy From Oz. He is also known for his film roles in the "X-Men" trilogy, "Someone Like You," "Swordfish," "Kate and Leopold," "Van Helsing" and the recent "The Fountain" and "Happy Feet" (in voice). His stage credits also include Trevor Nunn's staging of Oklahoma! at Britian's National Theatre and award-winning work in productions of Sunset Boulevard and Beauty and the Beast in his homeland.
Playwright Huff is also the author of Pursued by Happiness, Gray City and The Bird and Mr. Banks. His recently completed works include The Detective's Wife and Tell Us of the Night, which round out a trilogy of Chicago cop plays that began with A Steady Rain.
Rain is produced on Broadway by Frederick Zollo, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Raymond L. Gaspard, Frank Gero, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Jeffrey Sine, Michael Rose Ltd, The Shubert Organization Inc. and Robert Cole.
The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre is located in Manhattan at 236 West 45th Street.
For more information visit www.asteadyrain.com.