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OF MICE AND MEN Coming to Broadway with James Franco & Chris O'Dowd

 

David Binder
Announces

JAMES FRANCO CHRIS O’DOWD

In

OF MICE AND MEN

By John Steinbeck

Directed by Anna D. Shapiro 

Performances Begin March 19, 2014
Officially opening April 16, 2014

Limited Engagement To Open On Broadway at the Longacre Theatre

Producer David Binder officially announces Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco & Chris O’Dowd will make their Broadway debuts in Of Mice and Men, a new production directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro.

 

NJPAC email template 2013 Of Mice and Men, one of the greatest and most enduring American classics, has not been seen on Broadway in 40 years.

Performances begin March 19, 2014 and officially opens April 16, 2014 at the

Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street, NYC).  Tickets go on sale beginning January 11, 2014.

This is a strictly limited engagement through July 27, 2014.

David Binder is producing Of Mice and Men on Broadway with Kate Lear, Darren Bagert, Adam Zotovich, Barbara Whitman and Latitude Link.  101 Productions, Ltd are the executive producers.

James Franco (George) is an actor, director, screenwriter, producer, teacher and author.  He began his career on the cult television program “Freaks and Geeks” and received a Golden Globe Award for playing the title character in the TV biographical film “James Dean.”  Notable film credits include playing Oz the Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers, “Harry Osborn” in the Spider-Man trilogy, Milk and 127 Hours for which he received an Academy Award, SAG and Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. 

Chris O’Dowd (Lennie) was most recently seen starring in award winning feature film The Sapphires, to be released in the US on March 22nd, and is well known for his starring role in Bridesmaids and the HBO/BBC series “Family Tree.”  His theatre credits include the critically acclaimed and sold out Druid production of The Playboy of the Western World directed by Garry Hynes and Under the Blue Sky at Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End.

ANNA D. SHAPIRO (Director) returns to Broadway following her acclaimed productions of August: Osage County (Tony Award winner for Best Direction) and The Motherfucker with the Hat (Tony Award nomination for Best Direction).  Her production of Bruce Norris’ Domesticated is currently playing at Lincoln Center Theatre.

The rest of the cast and design team will be announced shortly.

Adapted from his own classic novel, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Menis an essential adventure, an inspirational portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship.  

Of Mice and Mentells the story of George (James Franco) and Lennie (Chris O'Dowd), an unlikely pair of friends drifting from job to job across the farms and fields of California, holding fast to their dream of one day having an acre of land they can call their own.   

Of Mice and Men is one of the most read books in schools across the country despite appearing on the American Library Association’s list of Most Challenged Books of the 21st Century

Of Mice and Men began as a novella published in 1937 by Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck. 

Of Mice and Men was adapted for the screen several times and adapted as a radio play for the BBC.  The first stage production was directed by George S. Kaufman in 1937 and ran for 207 performances. 

David Binder is also represented on Broadway this season with Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  Similar to Of Mice and Men, David’s Tony nominated record-breaking production of A Raisin in the Sun with Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald hadn’t been seen on Broadway in over 40 years and brought new audiences to the theatre.

TICKET INFORMATION

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning January 11, 2014 through January 22, 2014.  Beginning January 23, advance tickets are available to members of Audience Rewards, the official rewards program of Broadway by visiting AudienceRewards.com.  Of Mice And Men goes on-sale to the general public beginning January 26, 2014.  For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge.com .  Beginning February 18, tickets will be available at the Longacre Theatre Theatre (220, W. 48th Street, NYC). 

Group bookings will be accepted beginning December 9, 2013 by visiting www.telecharge.com/groups or call Telecharge Group Sales at 800-432-7780.

Ticket prices range from $42-$135.00.

Standing room and rush policies will be announced in the coming weeks.

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BIOGRAPHIES

JAMES FRANCO’s (George) metamorphosis into the title role of the TNT biopic James Dean earned him career-making reviews, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture made for Television.  He also received nominations for an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award for this memorable performance.  Franco earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead as well as nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and recognition from numerous critics’ associations for his starring role in Danny Boyle’s critically acclaimed drama 127 Hours. His performance alongside Sean Penn in Gus Van Sant’s Milk earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor and he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in David Gordon Green’s comedy Pineapple Express, in which he starred opposite Seth Rogen. He is also known for his starring role as Harry Osbourne in Sam Raimi’s Spider-man trilogy.  Franco most recently starred in the comedy The End of the World with Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Danny McBride as well as Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful and Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers. He will again co-star with Jonah Hill in True Story for New Regency and will also star in Paul Haggis’ Third Person. He just wrapped production on Wim Wenders’ Everything Will Be Fine and is currently shooting The Interview, again with Seth Rogen.  Franco’s additional credits include Ryan Murphy’s Eat, Pray, Love starring opposite Julia Roberts, Shawn Levy’s comedy Date Night, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Howl, where he played the famous poet Allen Ginsberg, George C. Wolfe’s Nights in Rodanthe; Paul Haggis’ In the Valley of Elah; Karen Moncrieff‘s ensemble drama The Dead Girl; Tommy O’Haver’s drama An American Crime; John Dahl’s The Great Raid; Robert Altman’s The Company; as well as City By The Sea opposite Robert DeNiro and the Martin Scorsese produced Deuces Wild. On television, he starred in the critically acclaimed series “Freaks and Geeks.”  Aside from his acting accomplishments, Franco has also established himself as a director in several films. He wrote and directed The Feast of Stephen, which premiered and won a Teddy award at the Berlin Film Festival. Additionally, Franco directed Saturday Night, a documentary on the week-long production of a “Saturday Night Live” episode, which originally premiered at SXSW and The Clerk’s Tale, which premiered at Cannes.  Franco also wrote and directed a biography on poet Hart Crane called The Broken Tower which premiered at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival. He recently produced Kink, a documentary that premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Recently, he directed and starred in William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying based on the classic novel, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and directed Sal, a bio-pic based on the life of Sal Mineo, which screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. Both films were released this Fall. He starred in, co-wrote and directed the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Child of God, which premiered at both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013. He is also working on an adaptation of Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, which he stars in and directs.

CHRIS O’DOWD (Lennie) will next be seen in the Untitled Lance Armstrong Project for Working Title directed by Stephen Frears opposite Ben Foster.  Theatre credits include the critically acclaimed and sold out Druid production of The Playboy of the Western World directed by Garry Hynes and the Royal Court production of Under the Blue Sky.  Chris was most recently seen starring in Wayne Blair’s The Sapphires.  Chris plays Dave, the manager of four young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls as they learn about love, friendship, and war when their singing group “The Sapphires” entertains the US troops in Vietnam.  The film, already released in Australia breaking box office records, garnered Chris the AACTA Award (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) for “Best Lead Actor” and The Sapphires won the award for “Best Film.” The film screened at various film festivals throughout the world and received several awards and nominations for Best Feature.  The Sapphires will be released in the US by The Weinstein Company on March 22nd.  Chris is well known for his starring role in Bridesmaids opposite Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph.  For his role in the film, Chris was nominated for a BAFTA “Rising Star Award,” a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture” and won the Irish Film and Television Award for “Best Supporting Actor – Film.”  Bridesmaids, directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, received two Oscar nominations, a Golden Globe Award nomination for “Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical,” and was recognized by AFI as “Movie of the Year.”  The film also won a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for “Best Comedy Movie,” a People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Comedy Movie” and was recognized by individual critics’ groups throughout the country for “Best Acting Ensemble.”  Bridesmaids was also a box office success making almost $300 million worldwide.  Chris’ other upcoming features include John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary opposite Kelly Reilly and Brendan Gleeson and James Griffiths’ Cuban Fur opposite Rashida Jones and Ian McShane.  Chris also stars in the HBO/BBC series “Family Tree” which was created by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock.  Chris wrote and produced a TV series based on his childhood titled “Moone Boy.” The series revolves around a young boy who relies on the help of his imaginary friend to deal with the quandaries of life in a wacky, small-town Irish family in the 1980s. The series was recognized by the Irish Film and Television Awards as “Best Entertainment Programme” and Chris was nominated for “Best Supporting Actor – TV” and “Best Script Drama.”  Additionally the show was nominated for “Best New Comedy Programme” by the British Comedy Awards.  “Moone Boy” premiered on Sky One in the UK and will air on Hulu in 2013.  The show has been picked up for a third season and in addition to writing and producing, Chris will direct all the upcoming episodes.  Chris was recently seen starring in Lena Dunham’s HBO series, “Girls” and Judd Apatow’s This is 40. His other film credits include Thor 2 opposite Natalie Portman; Chris Wedge’s animated film Epic opposite Jason Sudeikis, Amanda Seyfried, and Aziz Ansari; Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends with Kids opposite Jon Hamm, Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph; Jay Roach’s Dinner for Schmucks  opposite Paul Rudd and Steve Carell; Rob Letterman’s Gullivers Travels starring opposite Jack Black, Jason Segel, and Emily Blunt; Richard Curtis’ FOX, The Boat that Rocked opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman; and Gareth Carrivick’s Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel opposite Anna Faris.  Chris also starred in Festiva which was nominated for two BAFTA Awards including “Best British Film,” and won him a BAFTA Scotland Award for “Best Actor in a Scottish Film.”  Chris’ other television credits include starring in the cult comedy series, “The It Crowd” for Channel 4 Television and the critically acclaimed series “Crimson Petal & The White”, a four part adaptation of Michael Faber’s best-selling novel directed by Marc Munden for BBC. He is well known in Ireland for having starred in the popular RTÉ One drama “The Clinic”, which earned him a nomination for an Irish Film & Television Award in 2003.

ANNA D. SHAPIRO (Director) was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award® for her production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ award winning play, The Motherfucker with the Hat, starring Chris Rock and Bobby Cannavale, and was awarded the 2008 Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Direction of a Play for her production of Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County (which she first directed at Steppenwolf, then on Broadway, in London, and at the Sydney Theatre Company in Australia). Anna has been affiliated with Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago since 1995, serving as the original director of the New Plays Initiative, later joining the artistic staff as Resident Director, Associate Artist and, since 2005, as an Ensemble member where her directing credits include A Parallelogram by Bruce Norris, Up by Bridget Carpenter, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, The Unmentionables by Bruce Norris (also at Yale Rep), the world premiere of Norris’ The Pain and the Itch (also at Playwrights Horizons  in New York), Robert Anderson’s I Never Sang for My Father, the world premiere of Tracy Letts’ Man from Nebraska, (named by TIME Magazine as one of the Year’s Top Ten of 2003), The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey, Warren Leight’s Side Man (also in Ireland, Australia and Vail, Colorado), Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain and the world premiere of Bruce Norris’ The Infidel, among others. She recently staged Tracy Letts’ version of The Three Sisters at Steppenwolf in the summer of 2012.  Other directing credits include Bruce Norris’ A Parallelogram  (Mark Taper Forum), Caryl Churchill’s A Number (American Conservatory Theatre), The Drawer Boy with Steppenwolf ensemble member John Mahoney (Paper Mill Playhouse), Iron (Manhattan Theatre Club), Jon Robin Baitz’ A Fair Country (Huntington Theatre, Boston) and Trafficking in Broken Hearts for Atlantic Theater Company.  Shapiro is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and Columbia College and the recipient of a 1996 Princess Grace Award, as well as the 2010 Princess Grace Statue Award.  She is a full professor in Northwestern University's Department of Theatre and has served as the Director of the Graduate MFA Directing Program since 2002.  Upcoming projects include Mr. Norris’ new play Domesticated at Lincoln Center Theatre and the Broadway production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.  Shapiro is also slated to direct the feature film, Heft, based on the novel by Liz Moore.

JOHN STEINBECK (Playwright). Born in Salinas, California, in 1902, John Steinbeck grew up in a fertile agricultural valley about twenty-five miles from the Pacific Coast—and both valley and coast would serve as settings for some of his best fiction. In 1919 he went to Stanford University, where he intermittently enrolled in literature and writing courses until he left in 1925 without taking a degree. For a year he supported himself as a laborer and journalist in New York City, and then he returned to California to write his first novel, Cup of Gold (1929). After marriage and a move to Pacific Grove, he published two California fictions, The Pastures of Heaven (1932) and To a God Unknown (1933), and worked on short stories later collected in The Long Valley (1938). Popular success and financial security came only with Tortilla Flat (1935), stories about Monterey’s paisanos. A ceaseless experimenter throughout his career, Steinbeck changed courses regularly. Three powerful novels of the late 1930s focused on the California laboring class: In Dubious Battle (1936), Of Mice and Men (1937), and the book considered by many his finest, The Grapes of Wrath (1939). Early in the 1940s, Steinbeck became a filmmaker with The Forgotten Village (1941) and a serious student of marine biology with Sea of Cortez (1941). He devoted his services to the war, writing Bombs Away (1942) and the controversial play-novelette The Moon Is Down (1942). Cannery Row (1945); The Wayward Bus (1947); The Pearl (1947); A Russian Journal (1948); another experimental drama, Burning Bright (1950); and The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951) preceded publication of the monumental East of Eden (1952), an ambitious saga of the Salinas Valley and his own family’s history. The last decades of his life were spent in New York City and Sag Harbor with his third wife, with whom he traveled widely. Later books include Sweet Thursday (1954), The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication (1957), Once There Was a War (1958), The Winter of Our Discontent (1961), Travels with Charley in Search of America (1962), America and Americans (1966), and the posthumously published Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters (1969), Viva Zapata! (1975), The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights (1976), Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath (1989), and Steinbeck in Vietnam: Dispatches from the War (2012). He died in 1968, having won a Nobel Prize in 1962.

DAVID BINDER (Producer) produces live performance experiences: Broadway shows (Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Neil Patrick Harris, 33 Variations with Jane Fonda, A Raisin in the Sun with Sean “Puffy” Combs, Phylicia Rashad, and Audra McDonald), Off-Broadway shows (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, De la Guarda, Fuerza Bruta), festivals (the Dutch New Island Festival on Governors Island, The High Line Festival curated by David Bowie), and one night events (IBM's 100th Anniversary at Lincoln Center). His interest in producing abroad has taken him to the Sydney Opera House where he produced This is Our Youth with Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin and London where he co-produced three Donmar Warehouse-West End transfers. He is on the faculty at the Yale School of Drama and last year was a teaching fellow in American Studies at Princeton. He is a four time Tony nominee, has been honored by Performance Space 122, and is the recipient of the Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theatrical Producing.  David is the original producer of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.                                                                              # # #

Andrew C. McGibbon

 

Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, BroadwayWorld-Wide.com. The site was subsequently bought by, and became Playbill.com. He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for TonyAwards.com. With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway League and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is presently the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers Association, AEA and AFTRA.

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell

 

Website: www.facebook.com/andrewmcgibbon