Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bill Irwin and Nathan Lane Will Be Waiting for Godot on Broadway in Spring 2009

Applause Theatre Service has learned of a planned Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Bob Fosse's Dancin' will be bumped to the 2009-10 season to make way for a starry revival of a classic of world literature starting in April 2009: Tony Award winners Bill Irwin and Nathan Lane will star in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.
The existential classic in which clowns and their companions wait on a barren landscape (the setting is "a country road") will be directed by Tony winner Anthony Page at Studio 54, one of Roundabout's two Broadway homes.
Irwin (Fool Moon, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) will play Vladimir, and Lane (The Producers, Butley, Guys and Dolls) will play Estragon.
Waiting for Godot will begin previews April 10, 2009, and open officially April 30, 2009, at Studio 54, 254 West 54th Street. This will be a limited engagement. (9 to 5, the new musical based on the film of the same name, has also announced an April 30, 2009, opening date at Broadway's Marquis Theatre. That marks the final night of the 2008-09 Broadway season, and the cutoff date for the 2009 Tony Awards.)
Additional casting and a design team for the 2009 Godot production will be announced.
Irwin played Lucky in the 1988 Lincoln Center Theater revival of the play, which featured Robin Williams as Estragon and Steve Martin as Vladimir.
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."

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