The Broadway-bound production of Bess Wohl’s Grand Horizons has two big names joining the cast for this ten-week limited engagement. Tony Award/Emmy Award-winner Jane Alexander and Emmy Award-winner James Cromwell will star in the production aiming for a January 23, 2020 opening at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Previews are set to begin on December 23, 2019.
Jane Alexander has been an enduring star of the stage and screen for decades, having won a Tony Award for her role in The Great White Hope. Among her other Broadway appearances, standouts have included Find Your Way Home, The Heiress, The Night of the Iguana, Shadowlands, The Sisters Rosensweig, and Honour. She has been nominated for four Academy Awards for her work in such films as Testament, Kramer vs. Kramer, All the President’s Men, and The Great White Hope. For her television work, Alexander won Emmy Awards for “Playing for Time,” and “Warm Springs,” and a Television Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt in “Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years.”
James Cromwell has appeared on Broadway in Othello and Hamlet. His myriad film credits include The Laundromat, The Artist, The Longest Yard, The Promise, The Green Mile, Secretariat, The Queen, L.A. Confidential, as well as an Academy Award-nominated turn in children’s fantasy film Babe. Equally prolific in his television roles, Cromwell won a 2013 Emmy Award for American Horror Story: Asylum and he currently recurs on HBO’s Succession. Other TV appearances include Angels in America, West Wing, Six Feet Under, Boardwalk Empire, Picket Fences, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Cromwell and Alexander join the previously announced cast for Grand Horizons that includes Tony winner Priscilla Lopez, Maulik Pancholy, Ashley Park, and Michael Urie. The production will be directed by Leigh Silverman. Grand Horizons is co-commissioned by Williamstown Theatre Festival and Second Stage Theater. The commission is supported in part by The William and Mary Greve Foundation.
“Bill (Cromwell) and Nancy (Alexander) have spent fifty full years as husband and wife. They practically breathe in unison, and can anticipate each other’s every sigh, snore and sneeze. But just as they settle comfortably into their new home in Grand Horizons, the unthinkable happens: Nancy suddenly wants out. As their two adult sons struggle to cope with the shocking news, they are forced to question everything they assumed about the people they thought they knew best. By turns funny, shocking and painfully honest, Bess Wohl’s new play explores a family turned upside-down and takes an intimate look at the wild, unpredictable, and enduring nature of love.”
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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