Robin Williams made his Broadway acting debut in the title role of Rajiv Joseph's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, a Pulitzer Prize finalist set in war-torn Iraq that opened March 31, 2011, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
In addition to Williams as the title character, Bengal Tiger featured Glenn Davis as Tom, an American Marine who plunders local riches; Brad Fleischer as Kev, a Marine broken by war; Hrach Titizian as the ghost of Uday Hussein and others; Sheila Vand in multiple roles; Necar Zadegan in multiple roles; and Arian Moayed as Musa, an Iraqi gardener (and witness to atrocities) now serving as a translator for American forces. Moíses Kaufman directed.
Robin Williams in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo on Broadway
The show ran for 108 performances, closing July 3. It earned three Tony Award nominations: Best Featured Actor in a Play for Arian Moayed, Best Lighting Design of a Play for David Lander, and Best Sound Design of a Play for Acme Sound Partners and Cricket S. Myers