Arthur Miller's famous play of life and unfilled dreams returns to the Broadway stage March 15, 2012, starring Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman and directed by Tony winner Mike Nichols. Playing at the Barrymore Theatre located at 243 West 47th Street, this revival is a strictly limited engagement of 16 weeks.
The original Broadway production opened at the Morosco Theatre on February 10, 1949, and was directed by Elia Kazan, who went on to win the 1949 Tony Award for Best Director. The playwright, Arthur Miller, and the producers Kermit Bloomgarden and Walter Fried, took the Tony Award for Best Play. Miller also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Death of a Salesman, and the show won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, becoming the first play ever to win all three major awards in one season.
Interestingly, Kazan, a respected director and founder of the Actor's Studio, would later testify against some of his peers to the House Committee of Un-American Activities. This "McCarthy era" in America's history was called a modern "witch hunt," that in turn inspired Arthur Miller to write his most famous play, The Crucible.
Not including the 2012 revival, the production has been revived on Broadway twice since the original 1949 run. Death of a Salesman won the Tony Award for Best Revival and Best Revival of a Play in 1984 and 1999. The 1999 production was directed by Robert Falls, who won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Director. The 1984 production did not earn its director a Tony Award; instead, the 1984 Best Director Tony went to Mike Nichols, who is the director of this current revival of Salesman.
Cast & Creative
The 2012 Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman stars noted character actor and Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman as "Willy Loman," one of the most revered roles in the American theatre canon. Obie Award winner Linda Emond plays his wife, "Linda Loman," and Andrew Garfield makes his Broadway debut as "Biff Loman."
Hoffman received Tony Award nominations for his performances in Sam Shepard’s True West (2000) and Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night (2003). He won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Actor as well as the Golden Globe Award for his performance as the title character in Capote. His characterization of the priest in the film version of the Broadway play Doubt garnered him critical acclaim as well as an Academy Award nomination.
An actor on stage, in film, and on television, Linda Emond earned a Tony nomination for her work in Life x 3 and was also seen on Broadway in the musical 1776. Off-Broadway, she appeared in Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures.
Directing this production is eight-time Tony Award-winning director Mike Nichols. Nichols has won the Tony Award for Best Director for Barefoot in the Park (1964), Luv and The Odd Couple (1965), Plaza Suite (1968), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1972), and The Real Thing (1984). Nichols won a Tony for Best Musical as a producer on the original production of Annie (1977), and a Tony for Best Director of a Musical for Monty Python's Spamalot (2005).
The Salesman cast also features Finn Wittrock as "Happy," Fran Kranz as "Bernard," Bill Camp as "Charley," John Glover as "Ben," Remy Auberjonois as "Howard Wagner," Glenn Fleshler as "Stanley," Stephanie Janssen as "Miss Forsythe," Kathleen McNenny as "Jenny," Elizabeth Morton as "Letta," and Molly Price as "The Woman."
This revival features a recreation of the original ground-breaking and Tony Award-winning scenic design by Jo Mielziner. Academy Award winner and five-time nominee for the Tony Award for Best Costumes Ann Roth is the Costume Designer. Lighting is designed by Brian MacDevitt, who has won the Tony for Best Lighting five times. Sound design by Tony Award-winner Scott Lehrer with original music is by Alex North.
Producers for the 2012 Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman include Scott Rudin, Stuart Thompson, Jon B. Platt, Columbia Pictures, Jean Doumanian, Merritt Forrest Baer, Roger Berlind, Scott M. Delman, Sonia Friedman, Ruth Hendel, Carl Moellenberg, Scott & Brian Zeilinger, and Eli Bush.
Tickets for the limited run of Death of a Salesman can be purchased on the show's website.