By Robert Simonson
10 May 1999
|Photo by Photo by Hugo Glendenning|
The Broadway hit, Art, will get its latest cast on May 11 when Buck Henry, George Segal and Wayne Knight join the Tony-winning production. Henry will play the caustic Marc to Segal's philosophical Serge, with Knight's Yvan caught in the middle.
Henry is best known for his screenplays to such films as "The Graduate," "Catch-22" and "To Die For," in which he has often taken small acting roles. He recently made a rare stage appearance in Jeffrey Hatcher's Three Viewings at Manhattan Theatre Club. Henry also acted in the improvisational group The Premise, which included Segal and won an Obie Award.
Segal made his mark in a series of off-beat Hollywood films of the late '60s and early '70s, notably Mike Nichols's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolff," Robert Altman's "California Split," Paul Mazursky's "Blume in Love" and "Where's Poppa?" He made his Off-Broadway debut as Don Parritt in Jose Quintero's renowned production of The Iceman Cometh. Other Off-Broadway credits include The Knack.
George Wendt, Judd Hirsch and Joe Morton are the current cast members of Broadway's Art. They replaced the all-British cast of Brian Cox, David Haig and Henry Goodman, who, in turn, supplanted the original cast of Alan Alda, Victor Garber and Alfred Molina.
Morton has had a twenty year career in TV and movies, appearing recently in "Apt Pupil," "Brother From Another Planet," "Blues Brothers" and "Speed," and on the tube in "A Different World," "Homicide" and "Prince Street."
Wendt comes to Broadway from London's Art where he starred opposite fellow Americans David Dukes and Stacy Keach. A television star best known as Norm on "Cheers," Wendt will make his Broadway debut in Art.
A stage veteran, Hirsch won two Tony awards for his performances in I'm Not Rappaport and Conversations With My Father , as well as numerous other awards including a Drama Desk Award, an OBIE, two Emmy Awards (for "Taxi") and a Golden Globe (for "Dear John").
Art concerns the friendship of three men: Serge, who buys a modern art painting, which looks like a white canvas, Marc, who can hardly believe his friend would waste money on such a lack of talent and taste and Yvan who finds himself caught between the two.
Art began Broadway previews Feb. 12, 1998 with Victor Garber, Alan Alda and Alfred Molina . The show opened Mar. 1, 1998 at the Royale, winning critical approval as well as a Tony and New York Critics Circle Awards for Best Play. Matthew Warchus directs Yasmina Reza's comedy, adapted by Christopher Hampton. For tickets and information call (212) 239-6200.