Watergate Revisited: Frost/Nixon Opens on Broadway April 22
By Andrew Gans
Peter Morgan's post-Watergate play Frost/Nixon, a hit at both the Donmar Warehouse and the Gielgud Theatre in London, officially opens at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre April 22. Previews began 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.
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).
About his role as the disgraced former president, Langella recently told Playbill Magazine, "I’ve come to be incredibly empathetic — rather than sympathetic — with Nixon, very protective of him. Not of the event — Watergate — not of what he did that was wrong, nothing to do with whether he behaved in a possibly illegal way. He did. But I can't play the event. I have to play a man — a man who, after months of research and talking with his employees, I've come to know and understand. I've come to have compassion for a man who was very unhappy in his own soul, a man unable to breathe the very air most humans breathe, a man who on a daily basis would wake up with what he calls the voices in his head, the overwhelming ambition, the driving need to succeed."
Frost/Nixon 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.
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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