The forthcoming revival of David Mamet’s American Buffalo, already promising a starry cast with Academy Award-winner Sam Rockwell and Tony-winner Laurence Fishburne on the roster, just got a whole lot starrier. Star of stage and screen Darren Criss will join the production set to be directed by Neil Pepe (Speed-the-Plow, A Life in the Theatre).
Criss made his Broadway debut as J. Pierrepont Finch a revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. More recently, he played the title character in the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Criss won both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his stunning portrayal of Andrew Cunanan in the FX drama The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Criss rose to international acclaim when he joined the musical comedy drama series Glee, playing Blaine Anderson, the boyfriend of Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer).
Performances for American Buffalo will commence on March 24, 2020, toward an official opening on Tuesday, April 14th, 2020. The production will play Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre, Broadway’s premier space for in-the-round theatre. The production’s full creative team will be announced at a later date.
American Buffalo, which first premiered on Broadway in 1977, takes place is a junk shop where the owner sells a buffalo nickel, only to find out that its value far exceeds what he charged. He and his shop assistant plot to steal the coin back, but their plan complicates and unravels when a third-party persuades them to up the ante on what they will burgle.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
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