Esparza to Return to Broadway in The Homecoming; McKean, Too
By Andrew Gans
Raúl Esparza, seen on Broadway last season as the confused bachelor Bobby in the Tony-winning revival of Company, will star in another revival come fall.
Esparza, according to a press notice, will join the previously announced Ian McShane for the Broadway revival of Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming. Michael McKean, the former "Laverne & Shirley" co-star whose Broadway credits include Hairspray and The Pajama Game revival, will also be part of the cast.
Daniel Sullivan will direct the Pinter revival, which is scheduled to begin previews at the Cort Theatre Nov. 16 with an official opening scheduled for Dec 4. The design team will feature set designer Eugene Lee, lighting designer Kenneth Posner and costume designer Jess Goldstein.
Set in North London, The Homecoming, according to press notes, "concerns the ultimate dysfunctional family, presided over by its patriarch Max (McShane). Living under his dilapidated roof are his younger brother Sam (McKean), and two of his sons: Lenny (Esparza), the town pimp, and Joey, a boxer-in-training. Tensions begin to flair with the arrival of Max's eldest son Teddy, who returns home after six years with his new wife Ruth. Seduction, betrayal, and divisiveness ensue, as the family welcomes the homecoming of its estranged brother and vies for the attention of his dangerously alluring wife."
Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel — the producing team behind the revivals of Glengarry Glen Ross and The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial as well as the hit musical Spring Awakening — will produce the Homecoming revival.
Raul Esparza has starred on Broadway in Company, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Taboo, Cabaret and The Rocky Horror Show. He won Drama Desk Awards for his performances in Taboo and Company and received Tony nominations for his work in those shows as well. Off-Broadway Esparza was seen in tick, tick . . . BOOM! and the revival of The Normal Heart. He also starred in two of the Stephen Sondheim musicals that comprised the Sondheim Celebration at the Kennedy Center, Sunday in the Park with George and Merrily We Roll Along.
Harold Pinter is also the author of The Caretaker, Betrayal, The Room, Ashes to Ashes and Celebration.
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