Tony-Winning God of Carnage, With Starry Original Broadway Cast, Opens in L.A. April 13

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The Los Angeles engagement of God of Carnage, which reunites original Broadway cast members Marcia Gay Harden, James Gandolfini, Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis, officially opens April 13 at the Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre.

The cast is again collaborating with their Tony Award-winning director, Matthew Warchus, who also staged the London production (with different actors). God of Carnage began previews April 5 and will play an extended run through May 29.

Broadway producers Robert Fox, David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers, Stuart Thompson, Scott Rudin, Jon B. Platt, The Weinstein Company and The Shubert Organization have aligned with Center Theatre Group to present the L.A. engagement.

Like its Broadway counterpart, the L.A. production features the work of the original West End creative team: set and costume designer Mark Thompson, lighting designer Hugh Vanstone and sound designers Simon Baker and Chris Cronin with music by Gary Yershon.

The calamitous parental battle, which centers on two sets of parents attempting to settle a playground dispute between their sons, was seen on Broadway in 2009 after an acclaimed London run. The entire cast of God of Carnage earned Best Actor/Actress Tony nominations, respectively, for their work on Broadway. Harden took home the award for her performance. God of Carnage also earned Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Direction for Matthew Warchus.

God of Carnage and its original starry cast played to sold-out houses at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre following its March 22, 2009, opening. The play had been originally billed as a limited run, but critical raves prompted an extension (with the original cast in tow). Throughout its 452-performance Broadway run, God of Carnage welcomed a host of celebrity cast members, including Dylan Baker, Christine Lahti, Lucy Liu, Annie Potts, Jimmy Smits and original London players Janet McTeer and Ken Stott. Roman Polanski is also at work on a film adaptation of the play, with John C. Reilly, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz among the cast.

Phone the Center Theatre Group at (213) 972-4400 or visit CenterTheatreGroup.


Jeff Daniels is known for such film work as "The Squid and The Whale," "Dumb & Dumber," "Terms of Endearment," "Gettysburg" and more. Daniels appeared on Broadway in Redwood Curtain, Fifth of July and The Golden Age and Off-Broadway in Blackbird. Daniels has also written plays, many of which have been staged at Chelsea, Michigan's Purple Rose Theatre Company — of which he is founder and executive director.

Hope Davis has been seen on Broadway in Ivanov and Two Shakespearean Actors. Her screen credits include "A Special Relationship," "In Treatment," "American Splendor," "The Secret Lives of Dentists," "Six Degrees," "Deadline," "Infamous" and "Proof," among others.

Marcia Gay Harden was Tony-nominated for her performance in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and was also seen on Broadway in Angels in America: Perestroika. She won an Academy Award for her performance in "Pollock" and was Oscar-nominated for her work in "Mystic River."

Emmy Award winner James Gandolfini has appeared on Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire (1992) and On the Waterfront (1995). He is best known, however, for playing Tony Soprano on "The Sopranos."

Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis, Jeff Daniels and James Gandolfini
Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis, Jeff Daniels and James Gandolfini
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