By Robert Simonson
29 Jul 2001
Perhaps the moral is that even winning a Tony Award or two isn't a guarantee of box office longevity. While Proof and The Producers continue as strong sellers, and 42nd Street undoubtedly received a boost from its Best Revival Tony win, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, while doing pretty well at the box office, decided not to stick it out till the Sept. 16 extension date announced five days after its Tony win. Instead, the revival of Dale Wasserman's drama, staged by Terry Kinney, will end July 29.
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was originally scheduled for 99 performances, through June 17. The show will instead end with
The Broadway cast of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest matched that of the London and Chicago mountings, with Gary Sinise playing McMurphy (the Jack Nicholson role in the 1975 film) and Amy Morton playing Nurse Ratched. Also repeating their roles are Rick Snyder, K. Todd Freeman (The Song of Jacob Zulu) as patient friendly doctor, and Mariann Mayberry, all Steppenwolf ensemble members.
Rounding out the large cast are returning performers Ross Lehman, Tim Sampson, Eric Johner, Sarah Charipar, Stephanie Childers, Misha Kuznetsov, Danton Stone, Jeanine Morick, Bill Noble, Ron O.J. Parson, Christine Stolte, John Watson, Sr. and Afram Bill Williams.
The design team includes Robert Brill (sets), Laura Bauer (costumes), Kevin Rigdon (lights) and Rob Milburn (sound).
Sinise founded Steppenwolf with Kinney and Jeff Perry in Chicago in the mid-70s. He starred in dozens of the company's productions, including famous stagings of Balm in Gilead, True West and The Grapes of Wrath. In the last several years, he has turned into the Oscar-nominated film star of "Forrest Gump," "Apollo 13," "Ransom" and "Reindeer Games." This is his first New York stage acting credit since 1990's Grapes of Wrath. He was nominated for a 2001 Tony Award, but lost out to Richard Easton of The Invention of Love.
The last show Steppenwolf brought to Broadway was Sam Shepard's Buried Child, starring Lois Smith and James Gammon. Other noteworthy Steppenwolf-New York transfers include Orphans, Balm in Gilead and The Song of Jacob Zulu.