David Mamet’s celebrated play American Buffalo will be revived on Broadway this spring, returning to the Great White Way after 11 years. Starring in the production will be Emmy and Tony-winning actor Laurence Fishburne, joined by Academy and Golden Globe Award winner Sam Rockwell. Set to be directed by Neil Pepe (Speed-the-Plow, A Life In the Theatre), American Buffalo will open at a theatre to be announced on April 14, 2020.
Laurence Fishburne won a 1992 Tony Award for his portrayal of Sterling Johnson in August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, and has also appeared on Broadway in productions of The Lion in Winter (1999) and Thurgood (2008). Fishburne has enjoyed a prolific film career, with standout performances in Boyz ‘n the Hood, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Mystic River, and The Matrix trilogy. He was an Emmy Award nominee and an NAACP Image Award winner for his starring role in the 1997 telefilm Miss Evers’ Boys, which he also executive-produced. Laurence has been nominated 23 times for NAACP Image awards, with five wins – most recently in 2017 for his role in ABC’s “Black-ish.”
Sam Rockwell makes his Broadway return with American Buffalo, his last appearance having been in the 2014 revival of Fool For Love. He won an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, and BAFTA for his work in the award winning 2017 film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This year, he was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Award for his performance as George W. Bush in Adam McKay’s Vice. Most recently he received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of legendary choreographer Bob Fosse on FX’s hit series Fosse/Verdon.
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.
Further casting and details regarding American Buffalo will be announced at a later date.
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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