By Kenneth Jones
17 Feb 2011
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
The production, directed by Ian Rickson, will open April 21 at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). Previews begin April 2. The production will play a limited 16-week engagement.
Gallagher will play Lee. Rylance, the Olivier and Tony Award winner of Boeing-Boeing and La Bete, will also be joined by Mackenzie Crook as Ginger, Max Baker (Cyrano de Bergerac) as Wesley, Geraldine Hughes (Translations) as Dawn and Molly Ranson (August: Osage County) as Pea, alongside seven members of the original Royal Court and West End company: Alan David as The Professor, Aimeé-Ffion Edwards as Phaedra, Danny Kirrane as Davey, Charlotte Mills as Tanya, Sarah Moyle as Ms. Fawcett, Harvey Robinson as Mr. Parsons and Barry Sloane as Troy Whitworth. Aiden Eyrick and Mark Page alternate in the role of Marky.
Jerusalem opened at the Royal Court Theatre in July 2009 with critics praising Jez Butterworth for "his comic elegy for a disappearing way of life in rural England," according to producers. Rylance was acclaimed for his indelible performance.
Jerusalem won the 2009 Evening Standard and London Critics' Circle Awards and the 2010 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Play. Rylance won the 2010 Olivier and 2009 Evening Standard and London Critics' Circle Best Actor Awards for his performance.
Here's how producers characterize the play: "In the woods of South West England, Johnny 'Rooster' Byron (Mark Rylance), former daredevil motorcyclist and modern-day Pied Piper, is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants to be taken to the country fair, a stepfather wants to give him a serious kicking and a motley crew of friends wants his ample supply of drugs and alcohol."
Butterworth is the author of five plays: Mojo (Royal Court 1995); The Night Heron (Royal Court 2002); The Winterling (Royal Court 2006); Parlour Song (Almeida 2009) and Jerusalem (Royal Court 2009).
The Olivier Award-winning design is by Ultz, with lighting design by Mimi Jordan Sherin and sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph. Composer is Stephen Warbeck.
The Royal Court Theatre production of Jerusalem will be produced on Broadway by Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott Rudin, Stuart Thompson and Roger Berlind. Other producers include Bob Bartner/Norman Tulchin, Royal Court Theatre Productions, Broadway Across America, Jon B. Platt, Barry Weissler, 1001 Nights/Stephanie P. McClelland, Dede Harris/Jacki Florin/Adam Blanshay, Carole L. Haber/Rupert Gavin.
Tickets are available at www.telecharge.com.