Goodman, Strathairn and Schechter Join Broadway's Waiting for Godot Cast

News   Goodman, Strathairn and Schechter Join Broadway's Waiting for Godot Cast
John Goodman and David Strathairn will join the previously announced Nathan Lane and Bill Irwin in the new spring 2009 Broadway production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, Roundabout Theatre Company announced.

John Goodman
John Goodman

Goodman, widely known for TV's "Roseanne" and many film and stage projects, will play Pozzo, and Strathairn, of the films "Good Night, and Good Luck" and Off-Broadway's The Winter's Tale, will play Lucky in the existential classic in which clowns await someone — or something — named Godot.

Tony Award winner Anthony Page will stage the production, to begin April 10, 2009, at Studio 54, toward an opening of April 30.

Tony Award winners Lane (The Producers, …Forum) and Irwin (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) will play Estragon and Vladimir, respectively. The role of the Boy is played by Matthew Schechter.

This will be a limited engagement.

The design team includes Santo Loquasto (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes) and Peter Kaczorowski (lights). According to Roundabout, "Waiting for Godot remains Samuel Beckett's most magical and beautiful allegory. The story revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone — or something — named Godot. Vladimir (Bill Irwin) and Estragon (Nathan Lane) wait near a tree on a barren stretch of road, inhabiting a drama spun from their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes and nonsense, which has been interpreted as a somber summation of mankind's inexhaustible search for meaning."


Irwin returns to Roundabout Theatre Company for the first time since directing and starring in his adaptation of Scapin in 1997 and directing George Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear in 1998, both at the Laura Pels Theatre.

Two-time Tony winner Lane returns to Roundabout following the production of The Man Who Came to Dinner (2000) at the American Airlines Theatre.

Tony-winning director Page most recently directed Irwin in his Tony-winning performance of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and returns to Roundabout having directed Inadmissible Evidence in 1981 and The Caretaker in 1982.

Waiting for Godot was Beckett's first professionally produced play. It premiered in Paris in 1953 and premiered on Broadway in 1956 at the John Golden Theatre.

Tickets will be available exclusively Jan. 21-Feb. 5, 2009, to American Express Card members online at, by phone at (212) 719-1300, or at the Studio 54 theatre box office (254 West 54th Street). Ticket prices range from $36.50 to $116.50.

Public on-sale begins Feb. 6h by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, online at or at the Studio 54 theatre box office (254 West 54th Street).

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