Before the proverbial curtain goes up for a performance of Network, audiences witness a pre-show routine that is as theatrical as the drama itself. Watch the video above to get a sense of the organized chaos, involving countdowns, cameras, and Cranston.
The play, adapted by Lee Hall from Paddy Chayefsky's screenplay, opens with Howard Beale (Tony winner and Oscar nominee Bryan Cranston) anchoring a segment of the fictional UBS Evening News. Ivo van Hove's staging blends cast and onstage crew, live and taped video projections, and lights and sound depict what goes into a broadcast.
The play was recently nominated for five Tony Awards, including nods for Cranston and van Hove. Jan Versweyveld's scenic design and lighting design (alongside videographer Tal Yarden) and Eric Sleichim's sound design are also up for Tonys, and are on full display in the video.
Network, also starring Tony Goldwyn and Tatiana Maslany, continues through June 8 at the Belasco Theatre.