By Kenneth Jones
02 Mar 2010
|Photo by Aubrey Reuben|
The non-musical by Lucy Prebble, directed by Rupert Goold, is a change of pace for the actress widely known for her turns in the musicals Passion, Ragtime and Kiss Me, Kate. She joins the previously announced Tony nominee Gregory Itzin as Kenneth Lay, the convicted corporate president; Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) as CEO Jeffrey Skilling and Stephen Kunken (Rock 'n' Roll, Our Town) as CFO Andy Fastow, plus Noah Weisberg (George Street Playhouse's current Calvin Berger), Rightor Doyle, Ian Kahn, Mary Stewart Sullivan, Madisyn Shipman and January LaVoy.
First seen in England, where critics embraced it, Enron is the music-and-movement-infused new multimedia play about the 2001 collapse of the American energy corporation.
Prebble's acclaimed work is currently in the West End with a British cast.
Enron will begin previews on Broadway on April 8 at The Broadhurst Theatre in preparation for an April 27 opening.
Kenneth Lay was found guilty of multiple charges of securities fraud in May 2006. He died of heart disease in July 2006 before he was sentenced.
Enron will feature scenic and costume design by Anthony Ward, lighting by Mark Henderson, music and sound by Adam Cork, video and projection by Jon Driscoll and choreography by Scott Ambler. Enron was commissioned by Headlong Theatre, premiered in summer 2009 at the Minerva Theatre Chichester, and then moved for a six-week run at the Royal Court Theatre in London where it played through Nov. 8, 2009. The play transferred to West End's Noel Coward Theatre Jan. 16.
The Headlong Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and Royal Court Theatre production of Enron will be produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Matthew Byam Shaw, Act Productions, Caro Newling for Neal St. Productions and The Shubert Organization.
Prebble won the George Devine Award and the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright for her debut play The Sugar Syndrome at the Royal Court Theatre. On television, her work includes creating the series "Secret Diary of a Call Girl." Enron is her second play.
Goold's previous productions include Minerva Theatre Chichester's staging of Macbeth with Patrick Stewart (that transferred to the West End and Broadway) and Six Characters in Search of an Author. Additional credits include Time and the Conways at the National Theatre, Pete Postlethwaite in King Lear, and West End productions of Pinter's No Man's Land and Oliver! (currently at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane). He most recently directed Turandot for English National Opera which opened at the London Coliseum in October.
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