JAMES FRANCO, CHRIS O’DOWD IN JOHN STEINBECK’S OF MICE AND MEN JOINS BROADWAY’S MILLIONAIRES CLUB GROSSING $1,038,106.30; BREAKING THE LONGACRE THEATRE HOUSE RECORD FOR THIRD TIME FINAL WEEK OF CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED ENGAGEMENT
FIRST AMERICAN PRODUCTION CHOSEN TO BE FILMED BY NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE FOR PRESTIGIOUS SERIES
LEIGHTON MEESTER JIM NORTON
DIRECTED BY ANNA D. SHAPIRO
“Brilliant! Flawless, beautifully acted and emotionally devastating.” – Variety
“A thrilling evening in the theatre!” – NPR
“Painfully honest and powerfully moving, two qualities that are no longer to be found with any regularity on Broadway.” – The Wall Street Journal
The smash hit revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men joined Broadway’s millionaires club and shattered the house record at the Longacre Theatre, for the third time, the final week of its limited 19 week engagement. The show starring Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco, BAFTA and Tony Award nominee Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester andTony and Olivier Award winner Jim Norton grossed $1,038,106.30 for the week ending July 27 breaking its previous record of $929,888 the week ending July 20. This is the first time the Longacre Theatre has had a show with a $1 million gross. Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, Of Mice and Men was the first “hit” of the spring, recouping its $3.8 million capitalization in only twelve weeks. The critically acclaimed production opened on Wednesday, April 16, and played its final performance Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre (220 West 48 Street).
This landmark production of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men will have an extended life as the first American production chosen to be filmed by the prestigious National Theatre Live. The international broadcast will be filmed at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48 Street) and distributed by National Theatre Live. Screening dates for Of Mice and Men will be announced shortly.
Of Mice and Men features Ron Cephas Jones, Alex Morf, Joel Marsh Garland, James McMenamin, Jim Ortlieb, Jim Parrack, Michael Dempsey, Kevin Jackson, Erica Lutz and Stephen Payne.
The creative team for Of Mice and Menincludes scenic design by Tony Award winner Todd Rosenthal,costume design by the international Emmy Award winner Suttirat Larlarb, lighting design by 2014 Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman and sound design by Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen.
Of Mice and Men on Broadway is produced by David Binder, Kate Lear, Darren Bagert, Adam Zotovich, Latitude Link/Piedmont Productions, Raise the Roof, Paula Marie Black, Marc Turtletaub, Ruth Hendel/Barbara Whitman, Marianne Mills/Jayne Baron Sherman, Martin Massman, Judy Kent/Wendy Knudsen, Kevin Niu, Michael Watt and The Shubert Organization. 101 Productions, Ltd are the executive producers.
Adapted from his own classic novel, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Menis an essentialadventure, an inspirational portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. Of Mice and Mentells the story of George (James Franco) and Lennie (Chris O’Dowd), an unlikely pair of friends drifting from job to job across the farms and fields of California, holding fast to their dream of one day having an acre of land they can call their own.