Gregory Itzin of "24" Will Play Kenneth Lay in Broadway's Enron

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23 Feb 2010

Gregory Itzin
Gregory Itzin

He was a crooked U.S. president on TV's "24," and this spring character actor Gregory Itzin will play another famous American crook — Kenneth Lay, the convicted corporate president in Broadway's Enron.

Itzin makes his return to Broadway following his Tony and Drama Desk-nominated performance in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Kentucky Cycle. First seen in England, where critics embraced it, Enron is the music-and-movement-infused new play about the 2001 collapse of the American energy corporation. Rupert Goold will again direct Lucy Prebble's acclaimed work, which 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.

Itzin is best known for his Nixon-esque, critically acclaimed turn as President Charles Logan on FOX's action-drama "24," for which he received a 2006 Emmy nomination.

Additional casting will be announced shortly. Itzin's character was found guilty of multiple charges of securities fraud in May 2006. He died of heart disease in July 2006 before he was sentenced.



Itzin joins the previously-announced 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.

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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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