After appearing on Broadway in Yerma and A Cry of Players, Langella starred in the original production of Edward Albee's Seascape. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play deals with the communication between two couples — one, an American couple contemplating retirement; the other, a pair of human-sized lizards growing tired of the sea. The four-member cast comprised Langella, Maureen Anderman, Barry Nelson and Deborah Kerr.
Directed by Albee himself, the production opened Jan. 26, 1975, at the Shubert Theatre, where it ran for 65 performances. Langella received his first Tony Award for his role as the talking lizard Leslie.