Master Harold...and the boys Moves Production to Broadway's Royale Theatre

News   Master Harold...and the boys Moves Production to Broadway's Royale Theatre
The Roundabout Theatre Company's new staging of Athol Fugard's South African drama Master Harold...and the boys will now open at Broadway's Royale instead of the previously announced Booth Theatre.

The Royale can seat over 1,000 whereas the Booth has recently seated under 800. No official reason has been given for the switch. Production dates remain the same as performances begin May 6 with an official open May 29.

Lonny Price (Urban Cowboy, A Class Act) directs the revival starring Michael Boatman, Christopher Denham and Danny Glover. The design team includes John Lee Beatty (sets), Susan Hilferty (costumes) and Peter Kaczorowski (lights).

Set in 1950's apartheid-stricken South Africa, Master Harold follows a 17-year old white boy and the two middle-aged black men who are his servants at the tea room owned by the parents.

The play had its Broadway debut May 4, 1982, starring Price as the title character with Zakes Mokae and a then largely unknown Danny Glover as the servants. This time around, Glover will now play the older servant Sam, Boatman takes on the younger servant Willie, newcomer Denham will play the title character Hally and Price will direct the work.

Glover has appeared in such film as "Places in the Heart," "Witness," "The Color Purple," "The Lethal Weapon" series, "Angels in the Outfield" and "Beloved." Glover also starred to in the film version of Athol Fugard's play Boesman and Lena, opposite Angela Bassett. Boatman is best known for his simultaneous turns on "Spin City" and HBO's "Arli$$." His theater credits include The Glass Menagerie in San Francisco and Tiny Mommy at Playwright's Horizons

Denham makes his New York debut in Master Harold. He has authored six plays including In Film, Rapist James, The Last Penitente, and The Haven Trilogy as well as two novels, "The Bellringers" and "At the Spike."

Price also directed this season's new musical Urban Cowboy. Other directorial credits include Visiting Mr. Green, Grown Ups, The Rothschilds, Juno and the Ed Kleban musical A Class Act, which he also co-wrote. As an actor, he appeared in A Class Act, Merrily We Roll Along, Burn This, and on film as the hotel owner's nerdy grandson Neil in "Dirty Dancing."

Tickets to Master Harold...and the boys will go on sale in April through (212) 239-6200.

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