According to a Jan. 7 press statement, "We expect him to be back in the show as soon as possible. The role of Rodolpho will be played by the understudy Morgan Spector."
Tony Award winner Liev Schreiber plays bruising Italian-American longshoreman Eddie Carbone in the new Broadway production of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge, which began previews Dec. 28 at the Cort Theatre.
In director Gregory Mosher's new staging of the Greek tragedy-inspired drama, Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson ("Match Point," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona") makes her Broadway debut as the object of Eddie's affection, his niece. She's attracted to a newly arrived immigrant cousin, Rodolpho, played by the aforementioned Fontana (Billy Elliot), arousing Eddie's anger.
Also joining Tony Award winner Schreiber (Glengarry Glen Ross, Talk Radio) are Jessica Hecht, Michael Cristofer and Corey Stoll, plus Alex Cendese, Anthony DeSando, Antoinette LaVecchia, Mark Morettini, Joe Ricci, Morgan Spector, Robert Turano and Marco Verna.
Opening is Jan. 24. A 14-week engagement has been announced. According to production notes, "In A View From the Bridge, Miller's most passionate drama, Schreiber plays Eddie Carbone, a Brooklyn longshoreman obsessed with his 17-year-old niece Catherine, played by Scarlett Johansson. When Catherine falls in love with a newly arrived immigrant [played by Fontana], Eddie's jealousy erupts in a rage that consumes him, his family, and his world."
The play was first seen on Broadway in 1955 as a short play paired with A Memory of Two Mondays. (Miller is, of course, the major American playwright known for All My Sons, Death of a Salesman and The Crucible.) A View From the Bridge resurfaced Off-Broadway in 1965, starring Robert Duvall. A 1983 Broadway revival starred Tony LoBianco. In 1997, Anthony LaPaglia played Eddie in a Roundabout Theatre Company Broadway revival. The actor won a Tony for his turn, and the production won the Tony as Best Revival.
Recently seen in Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Cristofer (The Shadow Box) plays the narrator-lawyer Alfieri.
Hecht (Last Night of Ballyhoo) plays Eddie's wife, Beatrice.
Drama Desk nominee Stoll (Intimate Apparel, Vershinin in Sarah Ruhl's adaptation of Three Sisters at the Cincinnati Playhouse on the Park) plays recent immigrant cousin Marco.
Cendese makes his Broadway debut, DeSando appeared in Take Me Out, LaVecchia starred in How to Be a Good Italian Daughter (In Spite of Myself), Morettini appeared in Pal Joey, Ricci was seen in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Spector makes his Broadway debut, Robert Turano has appeared on "Guiding Light" and Verna is making his Broadway debut.
A View From the Bridge is produced by Stuart Thompson and The Araca Group. Additional producers include Jeffrey Finn, Broadway Across America, Olympus Theatricals, Marisa Sechrest, The Weinstein Company, Jon B. Platt, Sonia Friedman/Robert G. Bartner, Swinsky/Deitch, Adam Zotovich/Ruth Hendel/Orin Wolf, and The Shubert Organization.
Tickets are available through Telecharge.com, by phone at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250, online at www.Telecharge.com.
For more information, visit www.AViewFromTheBridgeOnBroadway.com.