By Robert Simonson
09 Feb 1999
The first major Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's classic Death of a Salesman in over a decade, starring Brian Dennehy as Willy Loman and directed by Robert Falls, will open on Feb. 10 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. (The play began previews Jan. 22.) The show's producers are not without a sense of history: The play opens fifty years to the day since the original production of Salesman bowed on Broadway in 1949.
Along with stars Dennehy, Elizabeth Franz (Linda Loman) and Kevin Anderson (Biff Loman), the show will feature Ted Koch as Happy Loman, Howard Witt as Charley, and Chelsea Altman, Kate Buddeke, Barbara eda Young, Allen Hamilton, Kent Klineman, Stephanie March, Steve Pickering and Richard Thompson.
Anderson last visited Broadway in the Peter Hall production of Orpheus Descending starring Vanessa Redgrave. Other New York credits include Red Address at Second Stage and the Off-Broadway hit Orphans , a production of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, of which he is a member. (Ironically, the last major Broadway revival of Salesman also featured a Steppenwolf actor in the role of Biff: John Malkovich.) In London, he starred with Patti LuPone as the original Joe Gillis in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard . Anderson's film credits include "Sleeping with the Enemy," "Miles from Home" and "Orphans."
Dennehy is the veteran of many films, including "First Blood" and "Cocoon," as well as stage productions of Galileo and The Iceman Cometh . Franz recently appeared Off-Broadway in the Atlantic Theatre Company's production of Miles from the Blue Route .
Death of a Salesman , directed by Robert Falls, played an acclaimed run earlier this year at Chicago's Goodman Theatre before being picked up for a Broadway visit. Falls was recently plucked to restage Disney's troubled new musical Elaborate Live .
Other works by Miller include The Price, The Crucible, After The Fall, Mr. Peters' Connections, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan and The Last Yankee.
Celebrities expected to attend the opening night performance include author Miller, Lauren Bacall, Gregory Peck, Sarah Jessica Parker, William Styron, Eric Bogosian, A.R. Gurney, Richard Widmark, Stockard Channing and Rosie O'Donnell.
For information on Death of a Salesman, call (212) 239-6200.