By Robert Simonson
03 Nov 2004
Producer David Richenthal told Playbill On-Line that all signs looked good for a West End production beginning in May 2005. Robert Falls would again direct star Brian Dennehy. Both won Tony Awards for their work on the acclaimed 1999 Broadway revival. The production itself won for Best Revival of a Play.
Richenthal also said that several other cast members from the Broadway mounting have been invited, include Tony nominee Howard Witt, who was praised for his interpretation of Charlie, Willy Loman's long-suffering neighbor. Elizabeth Franz, who won a Tony for her Linda Loman, will not be part of the restaging due to scheduling conflicts.
Since meeting success with Salesman, Richenthal, Falls and Dennehy have returned to Broadway with Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night. Dennehy and Richenthal again received Tonys for their work, while Falls was nominated.
No house has yet been named for the London engagement. Richenthal said he was in discussion with several theatre owners.
Initial talks about a London stay first began in as the Broadway show approached its Nov. 7, 1999, closing date. The talk had been that Dennehy and Franz would star in a 12-week London run of Salesman, at the Old Vic, beginning in January 2000, but a plan did not materialize.