Michael Shannon joins cast of LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
MICHAEL SHANNON JOINS THE CAST AS “JAMES TYRONE, JR.”!
ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
In association with Ryan Murphy
Academy & Emmy Award Winner Golden Globe Winner & Tony Award Nominee
JESSICA LANGE GABRIEL BYRNE
Academy Award Nominee Tony Award Winner
MICHAEL SHANNON JOHN GALLAGHER JR.
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
by EUGENE O’NEILL
Directed by JONATHAN KENT
Previews begin March 31, 2016
Official opening April 19, 2016
Limited engagement through June 26, 2016
On Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director), in association with Ryan Murphy, is thrilled to announce that Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon will return to Broadway as “James Tyrone, Jr.” in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, joining the previously announced Academy and Emmy Award winner Jessica Lange as “Mary Tyrone,” Golden Globe winner and Tony Award nominee Gabriel Byrne as “James Tyrone,” and Tony Award winner John Gallagher Jr. as “Edmund Tyrone.” Jonathan Kent will direct, as part of Roundabout Theatre Company’s 50th anniversary season.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night will begin preview performances on Thursday, March 31, 2016, and open officially on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. This is a limited engagement through Sunday, June 26, 2016 on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).
Elegant in its simplicity yet limitless in its scope, Long Day’s Journey Into Night is the tale of an ordinary summer’s day with extraordinary consequences. Drawing so heavily from the author’s personal history that it could only be produced posthumously, the story of the Tyrone family and their battle to unearth—and conceal—a lifetime of secrets continues to reveal itself to audiences as one of the most profound and powerful plays ever brought to the stage.
Roundabout’s history with Eugene O’Neill, one of America’s most celebrated playwrights, dates back to 1983 with John Stix’s production of Ah, Wilderness, starring Philip Bosco, followed by Desire Under the Elms, directed by Terry Schreiber (1984), the Tony Award-winning revival of Anna Christie, directed by David Leveaux, starring Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson (1993), and A Touch of the Poet, directed by Doug Hughes, starring Gabriel Byrne (2005).
Final casting and the design team will be announced shortly.
Tickets for Long Day’s Journey Into Night are first made available to subscribers and donors. Whether you are interested in the best value or VIP experiences, Roundabout has a package option for you. Visit roundabouttheatre.org or call 212-719-1300 for more info. For first access to tickets and insider news, sign up for Roundabout’s email club at www.roundabouttheatre.org or by calling Roundabout Audience Services at 212.719.1300.
Beginning November 8, tickets will be made available to the general public by calling 212.719.1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org, and in person at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre Box Office (227 West 42nd Street). Single tickets for Long Day’s Journey Into Night range in price from $67-$142.
JESSICA LANGE (Mary Tyrone). Acclaimed as one of the greatest actresses of her generation, two‐time Academy Award winner, five-time Golden Globe winner, and three-time Emmy and SAG winner, Jessica Lange has dazzled the screen with more than 30 credits to her name. She permanently put her name on the map by receiving dual Academy Awards and Golden Globe nominations in the same year for her challenging performances in Frances and Sydney Pollack’s memorable comedy Tootsie starring opposite Dustin Hoffman, for which she took home the Oscar for Supporting Actress. In 1994, Lange won her second Oscar and Golden Globes for Best Actress in Blue Sky, which she starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones. Following her previous dynamic performances, Lange amazed audiences with projects such as Country, which paired her with Frances co‐star Sam Shepard, to tell the story of a struggling farmer and his wife. Lange’s performance again earned her Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Success continued with Sweet Dreams and Music Box, both which garnered her Academy Award nominations and an additional Golden Globe nomination for Music Box. In 1996 Lange picked up her first Emmy nomination for the made-for-TV adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire in which Lange played “Blanche DuBois.” In 2009, Lange won an Emmy Award for her performance in HBO’s Grey Gardens. Following her Emmy win for Grey Gardens, Lange starred in the TV series “American Horror Story” with Glee producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. She won a Golden Globe, SAG Award and Emmy Award in 2012 for her portrayal as character “Constance Langdon.” For the second installment of FX’s “American Horror Story: Asylum,” Lange played “Sister Jude,” a no‐nonsense nun who runs a mental institution. Yet again, Lange garnered rave reviews for her character portrayal, earning her 2013 Golden Globe and SAG Awards nominations. In the third installment, “American Horror Story: Coven,” Jessica starred as “Fiona Goode,” Supreme Witch of the Salem descendants. Her mesmerizing performance earned her the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, as well as 2014 Golden Globe and SAG Awards nominations. Most recently, Lange starred as Elsa Mars, a German expatriate who owned one of the last remaining freak shows in “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” Her upcoming film, Wild Oats, will be released later this year, in which she stars with Demi Moore and Shirley MacLaine.
GABRIEL BYRNE (James Tyrone) has starred in more than 60 feature films including Miller’s Crossing, The Usual Suspects, Excalibur, Into the West, Little Women, Dead Man, The End of Violence, The Man in the Iron Mask, Vanity Fair, Jindabyne and Wah‐Wah. He recently completed The 33 and Louder Than Bombs. On Broadway, Gabriel received a Tony nomination for his performance in Eugene O’Neill’s Moon for the Misbegotten and he won the Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance in A Touch of the Poet. Gabriel starred as “Dr. Paul Weston” in HBO’s “In Treatment,” for which he received the Golden Globe Award and was nominated twice for the Emmy.
MICHAEL SHANNON (James Tyrone, Jr.). Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon is making his mark working with many of the industry's most honored talents and treading the boards in the world's most respected theatres. Upcoming this Fall, Shannon stars opposite Andrew Garfield in 99 Homes, and co-stars with Julianne Moore and Ellen Page in Freeheld. Also this year, Shannon will star in The Night Before opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Lizzy Caplan, and Jeff Nichol’s Midnight Special opposite Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Joel Edgerton and Sam Shepard. Shannon’s previous collaborations with Nichols include Take Shelter, for which he received a 2011 Film Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor; as well as the films Mud and Shotgun Stories. Shannon recently completed production on Liza Johnson’s Elvis & Nixon opposite Kevin Spacey, Matthew M. Ross’ Frank and Lola opposite Imogen Poots, and Untitled Joshua Marston Project, co-starring opposite Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bates and Danny Glover. He is currently in production on Werner Herzog’s Salt and Fire, alongside Gael Garcia Bernal and Veronica Ferras, followed by Siofra Campbell’s The Price opposite Noomi Rapace. Most notably, Shannon made his mark in an Oscar-nominated supporting role in Revolutionary Road, directed by Sam Mendes, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates. With over forty roles in film, Shannon's credits include John McNaughton's The Harvest, Jake Paltrow’s The Young Ones, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, Ariel Vromen's The Iceman, David Koepp's Premium Rush, Liza Johnson's Return, Marc Forster's Machine Gun Preacher, Floria Sigismondi's The Runaways, Werner Herzog's My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done and Bad Lieutenant, Sydney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, William Friedkin's Bug, Curtis Hanson's Lucky You, Michael Bay's Bad Boys II, Curtis Hanson's 8 Mile, David McNally's Kangaroo Jack, Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky, Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor, John Waters' Cecil B. DeMented, Noah Buschel's The Missing Person and Shana Feste's The Greatest. For all his roles on screen, Shannon maintains a connection to theatre. In 2012, Shannon appeared opposite Paul Rudd, Ed Asner, and Kate Arrington in Grace at the Cort Theatre, for which he was nominated for a 2013 Distinguished Performance Drama League Award. In 2010, he led Craig Wright's Off-Broadway play, Mistakes Were Made, at the Barrow Street Theater, which earned him an Outstanding Lead Actor Lortel Award nomination, an Outstanding Actor in a Play Drama Desk Award nomination, an Outstanding Solo Performance Outer Critics Award nomination, and a Distinguished Performance Drama League Award nomination. Additional theatre credits include Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep Theatre), Our Town (Barrow Street Theatre), Lady (Rattlestick Theatre), The Metal Children (Vineyard Theatre), The Little Flower of East Orange (Public Theatre), The Pillowman and Man From Nebraska (Steppenwolf Theatre), Bug (Barrow Street Theatre, Red Orchid Theatre and Gate Theatre), Mr. Kolpert and The Killer (Red Orchid Theatre), Killer Joe (SoHo Playhouse, Next Lab Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre), The Idiot (Lookingglass Theatre) and Woyzeck (Gate Theatre). On television, Shannon’s credits include Martin Scorsese's HBO series, “Boardwalk Empire,” co-starring Steve Buscemi and Kelly Macdonald. Michael Shannon grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and began his professional stage career in Chicago, Illinois.
JOHN GALLAGHER JR. (Edmund Tyrone) has shown his talent and versatility across the mediums of television, film and theater. For the past three seasons, John starred opposite Jeff Daniels in Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom.” The series came to a dramatic conclusion last fall when at the same time John was starring opposite Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins in the critically acclaimed “Olive Kitteridge” miniseries for HBO. Gallagher’s other television credits include: “Law & Order: SVU,” “Love Monkey,” “Law & Order: CI,” “NYPD Blue,” “Ed,” “The West Wing” and “Law & Order.” No stranger to the big screen, Gallagher’s film credits include: The Belko Experiment (upcoming), Valencia (upcoming), Short Term 12, The Heart Machine, Margaret, Jonah Hex, Whatever Works, The Good Student and Pieces of April. One of Gallagher’s most notable achievements is his Tony Award‐winning performance as “Moritz Stiefel” in Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's rock musical Spring Awakening, for which he also received Drama Desk and Drama League nominations. John's other theatre credits include: Green Day's Broadway musical American Idiot, Broadway's Jerusalem, David Lindsay‐Abaire's Pulitzer Prize‐winning Rabbit Hole (Broadway), Current Events, Kimberly Akimbo, Port Authority and Farragut North.
EUGENE O’NEILL (Playwright) Born in New York City on October 16, 1888, he was the first great American playwright. Beyond the Horizon (1920) won a Pulitzer Prize (he eventually won four), and in 1936 he became the only American playwright ever awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His major works include The Emperor Jones (1920); The Hairy Ape (1922); Desire Under the Elms (1924); The Great God Brown (1926); Strange Interlude (1928); Mourning Becomes Electra (1931); Ah, Wilderness! (1933); A Moon for the Misbegotten (1947); Hughie (1964); A Touch of the Poet (1958); and what are considered his two greatest plays, The Iceman Cometh (1939) and Long Day's Journey Into Night, completed in 1941 but unproduced until three years after his death on November 27, 1953.
JONATHAN KENT (Director). Between 1990 and 2002 Jonathan was joint Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre, which he founded as a full‐time producing theatre. His productions included When We Dead Awaken; All for Love; Medea (also West End/Broadway); Chatsky; The Showman; The School for Wives; Gangster No 1; Tartuffe; The Life of Galileo; The Rules of the Game; Ivanov (also Moscow); The Government Inspector; Naked (also West End); The Tempest; Hamlet (also Broadway) Richard II; Coriolanus (also New York /Tokyo); Phèdre; Britannicus (also West End/New York); Plenty (West End); Lulu (also Washington); Platonov and King Lear. Other theatre work includes Le Cid, Mother Courage and Her Children, The False Servant, Oedipus and The Emperor and Galilean (all National Theatre); Man of La Mancha (Broadway); Hamlet (Japan); Hecuba (Donmar); Bond’s Lear (Sheffield Crucible); As You Desire Me (West End); The Country Wife; The Sea and Marguerite (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Faith Healer (Dublin/Broadway); A Month in the Country; Sweeney Todd; Private Lives (all Chichester Festival Theatre and West End), Good People (The Hampstead Theatre and West End) and Gypsy (West End). Opera work includes Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten (Mariinsky St Petersburg); The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne/Paris/New York); Tosca (Royal Opera House); A Child of Our Time and The Flying Dutchman (ENO/Royal Danish Opera); Lucio Silla, Kát'a Kabanová, The Tempest and The Marriage of Figaro (Santa Fe); The Turn of the Screw; Don Giovanni and Hippolyte et Aricie (Glyndebourne), Manon Lescaut at The Royal Opera House
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Roundabout’s 2014-2015 season concludes with the world premiere of Joshua Harmon’s Significant Other, directed by Trip Cullman.
Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season in 2015-2016 includes: Clive Owen, Eve Best and Kelly Reilly in Old Times by Harold Pinter, directed by Douglas Hodge; Andrea Martin, Campbell Scott, Tracee Chimo, Daniel Davis, David Furr, Kate Jennings Grant, Megan Hilty, Rob McClure and Jeremy Shamos in Noises Off by Michael Frayn, directed by Jeremy Herrin; The Humans by Stephen Karam, directed by Joe Mantello; Keira Knightley, Gabriel Ebert, Matt Ryan and Judith Light in a new adaptation of Thérèse Raquin by Helen Edmundson, based upon the novel by Émile Zola, directed by Evan Cabnet; Laura Benanti, Josh Radnor, René Auberjonois, Gavin Creel, Michael McGrath and Jane Krakowski in She Loves Me by Joe Masteroff, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, directed by Scott Ellis; Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, Michael Shannon and John Gallagher, Jr. in Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Jonathan Kent. The 2015-2016 Roundabout Underground production is Ugly Lies the Bone, a new play by Lindsey Ferrentino, directed by Patricia McGregor.
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