After its engagement at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre, Oct. 10-Nov. 28, Sir. Peter Hall will be bringing his revival of Amadeus to Broadway's Music Box Theatre, beginning previews Dec. 7, for a Dec. 15, opening.
Although, the production will feature David Suchet and Michael Sheen reprising their roles from Hall's London revival of the show, the Broadway production will not incorporate the rest of the London cast. The show picked up five Olivier Award nominations during its West End run, including Best Actor for Suchet and Outstanding performance for Sheen.
The American cast features Cindy Katz (Constanze), Michael Keenan (Von Swieten), J.P. Linton (Von Strack), David McCallum (Joseph II) and Terence Rigby (Orsini-Rosenberg), with the ensemble charcters played by Jeffrey Bean, Glynis Bell, Geoffrey Blaisdell, Jake Broder, Charles Janasz, Robert Machray, Dan Mason, Kate Miller, Kevin Orton, John Rainer, William Ryall, Rocco Sisto and John Towey.
Peter Shaffer's Tony-winning drama tells of artistic rivalry between the established court composer whose music played by all the rules, Antonio Salieri, and the musical genius who rewrote the way music would be understood, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Hall directed the original production of the play in 1979 at London's National Theatre. That production moved to Broadway and starred Ian McKellen as Salieri and Tim Curry as Mozart. Amadeus won a 1981 Tony Award as Best Play for Shaffer, with the film, by Milos Forman ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest") winning the 1985 Academy Award as Best Picture. The film version starred F. Murray Abraham as Salieri (a role that won him the Academy Award) and Tom Hulce as Mozart. Hall began an annual commitment to the Ahmanson this year, where he directed two star-studded Shakespeares this summer, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Measure for Measure.
Designers for Amadeus include William Dudley (an Olivier winner for his costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Matt McKenzie (sound).
Tickets are priced at $25 - $70, and are available through Telecharge at (212) 239-6200.