Star of stage and screen, Academy Award and Tony-winner Denzel Washington will star in a Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s acclaimed play The Iceman Cometh. The production, which will be a 14-week limited engagement, will begin previews at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on March 22, 2018, with an opening set for April 26. The production will be directed by Tony-winning director George C. Wolfe.
Denzel Washington has appeared on Broadway in Checkmates (1988), Julius Caesar (2004), Fences (2009, Tony Award for Best Actor), and A Raisin in the Sun (2013). He would recreate his Tony-winning performance in Fences for the 2016 big screen adaptation, receiving an Academy Award nomination for his work. He also directed and produced that film. Other major cinematic roles include Cry Freedom (1988, Academy Award nomination), Glory (1989, Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), Malcolm X (1992, Oscar nomination), The Hurricane (1999, Oscar nomination), Training Day (2001, Oscar winner for Best Actor), and Flight (2012, Oscar nomination).
George C. Wolfe is a renowned director known for ushering startling and exciting plays and musicals to the Broadway stage. Most recently, he directed the 2016 mounting of Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All that Followed. He has been Tony-nominated for his work on Jelly’s Last Jam (1992) as both director and book writer, for directing Angels in America: Perestroika (1994), The Wild Party (2000), Caroline, or Change (2004), The Normal Heart (2011), Lucky Guy (2013), and the previously mentioned Shuffle Along. He won for directing Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (1993) and Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk (1996). From 1993 to 2004, Wolfe served as the artistic director and producer of the New York Shakespeare Festival and Public Theatre. Other directing credits for the stage include Topdog/Underdog (2001) and Mother Courage and Her Children (2006). He also directed the HBO film Lackawanna Blues.
The Iceman Cometh was written by playwright Eugene O’Neill in 1939 and first published/produced in 1946. The piece, set in 1912 at a saloon and rooming house, concerns a salesman named Theodore Hickman (known as Hickey) who shows up each year for a visit. He is usually the life of the party, the guy that all the drinking regulars look forward to seeing. This year, however, Hickey has changed. He is sober, focused, and mysteriously resigned to a darker fate. This creates turmoil for the inhabitants who have always counted on his uplifting and optimistic nature.
More casting details and ticket information for The Iceman Cometh are forthcoming.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.