The Broadway transfer of Anthony McCarten's The Collaboration is rapidly approaching its December 20 opening night, and now we have a look at the production! See Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope leading the cast as Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, respectively, in the new shots below. The production will continue performing at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre through January 22, 2023.
Coming to New York via Manhattan Theatre Club, the work made its world premiere at London's Young Vic earlier this year. Bettany and Pope are joined by Krysta Rodriguez as Maya and Erik Jensen as Bruno Bischofberger, with the company rounded out by understudies Matthew Griffin and Amaia Arana.
The production is Pope's first return to Broadway since making history as a two-time Tony nominee in the same season, earning nods for his performances in both Choir Boy and Ain't Too Proud in 2019. Bettany, who has appeared on screen in The Avengers, WandaVision, and A Very British Scandal, makes his Broadway debut with the production.
Set in 1984, the Bohemian Rhapsody and The Two Popes writer's work centers on superstar artist Warhol and then-newcomer Basquiat as they begin an unlikely collaboration on a modern art exhibition in New York.
The Broadway bow reunites much of the London creative team, led by director Kwame Kwei-Armah and also including scenic and costume designer Anna Fleischle, sound designer Emma Laxton, and projection designer Duncan McLean. New to the team is lighting designer Ben Stanton.
The production also features wig design by Karicean "Karen" Dick and Carol Robinson, original music by Ayanna Witter-Johnson, and dialect and vocal coaching by Deborah Hecht. Casting is by Kelly Gillespie of Caparelliotis Casting, and James Latus is production stage manager.