Lithgow, Wiest, Wilson and Holmes Will Star in Broadway Revival of All My Sons
By Andrew Gans
The second Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's 1947 drama All My Sons will boast a cast that includes Tony Award winner John Lithgow, Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest, musical theatre star Patrick Wilson and film actress Katie Holmes.
As previously reported by Playbill.com, the production will be directed by Simon McBurney, the British director who is the founder and artistic director of Complicite. McBurney received 1998 Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for his direction of The Chairs.
Theatre and dates will be announced shortly for the fall 2008 revival; Eric Falkenstein produces.
The creative team will also include set and costume designer Tom Pye, currently represented on Broadway with the revival of Top Girls.
All My Sons tells the story of a man who hastily sold defective airplane parts to the Army, which caused the crafts to crash, killing 21 men. His crime, which he long had deflected by blaming his business partner, comes back to light as his son plans to wed the partner's daughter.
John Lithgow was most recently on Broadway as con man Lawrence Jameson Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. His other recent theatrical credits include A.R. Gurney's political comedy Mrs. Farnsworth and The Retreat From Moscow. Lithgow won Tony Awards for his work in The Changing Room and Sweet Smell of Success and received Tony nominations for Scoundrels, Requiem for a Heavyweight and M. Butterfly. He was also seen in the "Dreamgirls" film as a 1970s Hollywood producer and is currently playing a limited engagement at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater in John Lithgow: Stories By Heart.
A two-time Academy Award winner, Dianne Wiest has appeared on Broadway in Solitaire/Double Solitaire, Frankenstein, Othello, Beyond Therapy, In the Summer House and a staged reading of Salome. She won her Oscars for her work in "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Bullets Over Broadway" and was also nominated for her performance in "Parenthood." Wiest's numerous film credits also include "The Lost Boys," "Bright Lights Big City," "Independence Day," "Edward Scissorhands," "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and "Radio Days." She is also an Emmy Award winner for 1989's "Road to Avonlea." Wiest was recently seen Off-Broadway in the revival of The Seagull.
Patrick Wilson scored raves and a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in HBO's "Angels in America." He received Tony nominations for his work in Oklahoma! and The Full Monty and made his Broadway debut in The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm; he was also seen on Broadway in Barefoot in the Park. Wilson's screen credits include Raoul in the film of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera as well as "Purple Violets," "Running with Scissors," "Little Children," "Hard Candy" and "The Alamo."
Katie Holmes has been seen on screen in "Batman Begins," "Disturbing Behavior," "Teaching Mrs. Tingle," "Pieces of April" and "Dawson's Creek." All My Sons will mark the actress' Broadway debut. Holmes is married to film actor Tom Cruise.
All My Sons earned 1947 Tony Awards for author Miller and director Elia Kazan. That production starred Ed Begley and Karl Malden. The play was later adapted for the screen in 1948 featuring Edward G. Robinson and Burt Lancaster. A 1987 revival was presented at the John Golden Theatre starring Richard Kiley.
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