DENZEL WASHINGTON Returning To Broadway In The Iceman Cometh 2018 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Denzel Washington will return to Broadway Spring 2018 in The Iceman Cometh. Washington won a Tony Award in 2010 for his role in August Wilson’s Fences; he’s also a two-time Academy Award winner and three-time Golden Globe Award winner including the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Denzel Washington. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
The Iceman Cometh will be a 14-week run of Eugene O’Neill’s drama, to be directed by two-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe. Previews are set to begin March 22, 2018 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre with an opening night set for April 26, 2018. Scott Rudin will produce, fresh off his production of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler.
Eugene O’Neill wrote The Iceman Cometh in 1939, inspired by Maxim Gorky’s The Lower Depths. He based many of the characters on real-life drinkers at Jimmy-the-Priest’s waterfront saloon on Fulton Street. There was concern audiences would reject the play, which runs nearly five hours, causing O’Neill to delay its Broadway premiere until 1946. The reviews were mixed, but subsequent revivals secured its reputation as an American classic.
Washington is known for his previous Broadway runs in Julius Caesar, 2005; August Wilson’s Fences, 2010; and the revival of A Raisin in the Sun, 2014.
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