Hollywood and the dream of success come under the microscope in this Broadway revival of The Big Knife by Clifford Odet. This biting comedy with its sharp wit features a dream cast of Broadway pros who are bound to win rave reviews while skewering show business at the same time.
Set in the golden age of Hollywood, actors fight for control with monolithic studio heads who control everything the public sees of their movie stars. "Charlie Castle" made one embarrassaing mistake that was covered up by the Hoff-Federated studio, and he's been paying for it ever since. A woman threatens to expose Charlie’s secret, but how far will he take things to save a career he's not sure is worth saving?
The Big Knife will play at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway located at 227 West 42nd Street. Previews begin on March 22, 2013, with the official Opening Night set for April 16, 2013, for a strictly limited run through June 2, 2013.
Roundabout Theatre Company presents the new Broadway production of Clifford Odet's The Big Knife, examining the double-edged sword of success in show biz. This revival stars Rachel Brosnahan as "Dixie Evans," Bobby Cannavale as "Charlie Castle," Marin Ireland as "Marion Castle," Billy Eugene Jones as "Russell," Richard Kind as "Marcus Hoff," Adam Rapp as "Hank Teagle," Ana Reeder as "Connie Bliss," Reg Rogers as "Smiley Coy," Joey Slotnick as "Buddy Bliss," Brenda Wehle as "Patty Benedict," and Chip Zien as "Nat Danziger."
At the helm of this production is Roundabout Theatre Company's Resident Director, Doug Hughes. He has directed Death Takes A Holiday, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, A Man For All Seasons, An Enemy Of The People, Born Yesterday, and the Off-Broadway production of The Whipping Man. Hughes has won the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics’ Circle Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, and the Callaway Award for his work in professional New York theatre.
The design team includes Tony-winning Scenic Designer John Lee Beatty, who also designed sets for Venus in Fur, Other Desert Cities, An Enemy of the People, The Royal Family, and the new Broadway-inspired nightclub 54 Below.
Costume Design is by Catherine Zuber, who has won five Tonys for Costume Design for her work on The Light in the Piazza, Awake and Sing!, The Coast of Utopia, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific, and The Royal Family. Lighting Design is by James F. Ingalls, and David Van Tieghem has designed Sound as well as composed Original Music for this production.
As "Dixie Evans," Rachel Brosnahan is making her Broadway debut in The Big Knife. She co-starred with Bernadette Peters in Coming Up Roses and has been seen in "Mercy", "Gossip Girl", "CSI: Miami," and "The Good Wife".
Bobby Cannavale, who plays "Charlie Castle," was nominated for a Tony Award for Mauritius. He appeared in 2013's Glengarry Glen Ross. He won an Emmy Award for "Will & Grace" and is known to TV audiences for his work in HBO’s "Six Feet Under," "Cupid," and "Nurse Jackie," for which he earned an Emmy nomination. Marin Ireland plays "Marion Castle" and has been seen on Broadway in reasons to be pretty, for which she earned a Tony nomination, and After Miss Julie. Her television work includes "Homeland," "Boss," "Law & Order," "The Good Wife," "A Gifted Man."
Billy Eugene Jones plays "Russell." His Broadway shows include The Mountaintop, Passing Strange, and A Raisin in the Sun. Richard Kind appears as "Marcus Hoff," with Broadway credits that include The Producers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and TV work on "Mad About You," "Head Cases," "Carol Burnett & Co.," "Blue Skies," "Scrubs," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Stargate Atlantis," and "Harry's Law."
Adam Rapp is "Hank Teagle," and Obie Award winner Ana Reeder is "Connie Bliss." Obie and Lucille Lortel Award winner Reg Rogers is "Smiley Coy," with Broadway credits that include A Free Man of Color and The Royal Family, and Holiday, for which he received a Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations. His television credits include "Friends," "Law & Order," "CSI," "Lipstick Jungle," "GIA" for HBO, "Stone Cold," "The Closer," "Blue Bloods," and "Elementary."
Making his Broadway debut in The Big Knife, Joey Slotnick appears as "Buddy Bliss" and is probably best known for his roles in "Boston Public," "The Single Guy," "NIP/TUCK," "Psych," "Boston Legal," "The Office," "Medium," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and "Entourage." In feature film, he portrayed computer wunderkind, Steve Wozniak, in The Pirates of Silicone Valley. Brenda Wehle plays "Patty Benedict" and is familiar to television audiences thanks to her work in "Party of Five" and "Malcolm In The Middle." Broadway productions include Come Back Little Sheba and The Grand Manner. She has won two Obie Awards for Talking Heads and Tony Kushner's 2011 The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with A Key To The Scriptures.
Chip Zien appears in the role of "Nat Danziger." Zien created "The Baker" in the Sondheim/Lapine’s award-winning masterpiece Into The Woods and also created the role of "Mendel" in Falsettos. He was seen on Broadway in The People In The Picture and as "Thenardier" in the revival of Les Miserables. Other Broadway credits include, Tommy Tune’s Grand Hotel, The Boys From Syracuse, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Clifford Odets was an actor turned writer. His other best-known works are Lefty, Awake and Sing!, Paradise Lost, Golden Boy, Clash by Night, and The Flowering Peach. He also worked on the film scripts for Humoresque and The Sweet Smell of Success.For more information on scheduling of performances and getting tickets, visit the show's website.