Alec Baldwin marked his return to Broadway with a dramatic turn following years of playing comedy in the hit show "30 Rock." With Tony-winning Daniel Sullivan at the helm, this award-winning 30 year-old play finally had its Broadway premiere in 2013.
The shows follows two orphaned brothers who live in a ramshackle row house in North Philadelphia. The elder brother, Treat, cares for his younger brother, Phillip, by employing his skills in small-time thievery. Treat then takes his stealing a step further by kidnapping a mob boss, Harold, who has ulterior motives of his own.
Emmy Award winner Alec Baldwin played the rich mob boss "Harold," and "Treat" was played by Ben Foster, with 2013 Tony Award nominee Tom Sturridge as "Phillip." Baldwin previously performed on Broadway as "Stanley Kowalski" in A Streetcar Named Desire, earning a Tony Award nomination for his work.
This Broadway premiere production of Lyle Kessler's drama Orphans began Preview performances on March 19, 2013, with an official Opening Night on April 7, 2013. However, after failing to score big with Tony nominations, the producers announced an early close for Orphans.The show played at the Schoenfeld Theatre located at 236 West 45th Street.
Orphans was directed by Daniel Sullivan, who won a Tony Award for Best Director of a Play for Proof and also helmed The Merchant of Venice, which starred Tony-winning acting legend Al Pacino. Sullivan directed the 2012 Broadway revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, starring Pacino and Tony Award nominee Bobby Cannavale.
A Broadway premiere 30 years in the making, Orphans premiered at The Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, in 1983, winning the Drama-Logue Award that year. The show then played a successful run at Chicago's acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre in 1985, which was followed by a limited engagement at New York’s Westside Arts Theatre. The show also enjoyed a production in London as well as a film adaptation.
Orphans is produced on Broadway by Frederick Zollo and Robert Cole.
For more information about Orphans on Broadway, visit the show's website.