In the Spotlight: Frost/Nixon Makes Broadway Bow March 31
By Andrew Gans
Peter Morgan's post-Watergate play Frost/Nixon, a hit at both the Donmar Warehouse and the Gielgud Theatre in London, begins previews at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre March 31.
Michael Grandage, who directed the London production, repeats his work for Broadway. Grandage's two stars, Frank Langella and Michael Sheen, have also made the transatlantic voyage.
The show's official opening night is April 22.
In addition to Langella (as President Richard Nixon) and Sheen (as Sir David Frost), Frost/Nixon also features Remy Auberjonois (as John Birt); Shira Gregory (as Evonne Goolagong); Corey Johnson (as Jack Brennan); Stephen Kunken (as Jim Reston); Stephen Rowe (as Swifty Lazar/Mike Wallace); Triney Sandoval (as Manolo Sanchez); Armand Schultz (as Bob Zelnick); and Sonya Walger (as Caroline Cushing).
The play earned three recent Olivier Award nominations including Best New Play. British Sheen and American Langella (a two-time Tony Award winner) were also Olivier nominated (separately) in the category of Best Actor.
According to the producers, "Frost/Nixon tackles the question: How did David Frost, a famous British talk-show host with a playboy reputation, elicit the apology that the rest of the world was waiting to hear from former President Richard Nixon? The fast-paced new play shows the determination, conviction and cunning of two men as they square off in one of the most monumental political interviews of all time."
Designs for Frost/Nixon are by Christopher Oram, with lighting by Neil Austin, and the music and sound score by Adam Cork. Video design is by Jon Driscoll.
Frost/Nixon is produced on Broadway by Matthew Byam Shaw, Arielle Tepper Madover, Robert Fox and Act Productions.
The performance schedule March 31-April 15 is Monday-Saturday at 8 PM, Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM; there will be no Saturday matinee performance on April 7.
Beginning April 17 onward, performances play Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM, Sunday at 3 PM.
Tickets, priced $76.25 and $96.25, are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com. The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre is located in Manhattan at 242 West 45th Street.
For more information visit www.frostnixononbroadway.com.
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