Emmy Award winner Shia LaBeouf, star of "Transformers," "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" and "Lawless," will make his Broadway debut opposite the previously announced Alec Baldwin this spring in the Broadway bow of Lyle Kessler's Orphans.
Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the production will begin previews March 19, 2013, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). Opening is April 7.
In the play, according to press notes, "two orphaned brothers are living in a decrepit North Philadelphia row house. Treat, the eldest, played by LaBeouf, supports his damaged younger sibling by petty thievery, and makes the house a virtual prison for the seemingly simple-minded Phillip. One night he kidnaps a rich older man, Harold (Baldwin), who turns out to have his own motives and becomes the father figure the boys have always yearned for." Casting for the role of Phillip will be announced later.
Shia LaBeouf was most recently seen in John Hillcoat’s crime drama, "Lawless," alongside Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska. He will be seen next in Robert Redford’s "The Company You Keep," a thriller co-starring Redford, Julie Christie, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon and Chris Cooper. He also stars in "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" opposite Evan Rachel Wood and Melissa Leo. The actor recently wrapped production on "Nymphomaniac," directed by Lars von Trier. LaBeouf starred in "Transformers," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," among numerous other films. In 2007 LaBeouf was named the Star of Tomorrow by the ShoWest convention of the National Association of Theater Owners, and in February 2008 he was awarded the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award, which was voted for by the British general public. He was nominated for four Teen Choice Awards for "Transformers," winning the Breakout Male Award; he also won the Teen Choice Award for Movie Actor in a Horror/Thriller for his performance in "Disturbia"; as well as a Scream Award. In 2004, he was nominated for the Young Artists Award for Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film and the Breakthrough Male Performance at the MTV Movie Awards for his performance in "Holes." On television, LeBeouf portrayed Louis Stevens on the Disney Channel series “Even Stevens,” and in 2003 earned a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series for his work.
Orphans premiered in 1983 at The Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles, where it won the Drama-Logue Award. Following its 1985 engagement at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, the play had a successful run at New York’s Westside Arts Theatre and was subsequently produced in London. A film version was also produced.
Tickets for Orphans will be available for general sale starting Dec. 30 by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.Telecharge.com.
For more information visit www.orphansonbroadway.com.