Broadway For Desire Under The Elms
The 2008-2009 Broadway season is slowly coming into focus, and the recent news that the Goodman Theatre’s upcoming Desire Under The Elms is likely to arrive on Broadway some time after its Chicago dates in January 2009 is welcome news. The production is to star Brian Dennehey, who has taken 2 Tony Awards home for earlier work with director Robert Falls (they were for Death Of A Salesman and for O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night). That said, Dennehey was last seen in Inherit The Wind where he played opposite Christopher Plummer. It is a shame Plummer’s James Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey is not headed to Broadway as well. Anyone who saw his performance on the PBS special about O’Neill can attest that Plummer belongs on Broadway as James Tyrone as well. On the film by Ric Burns, there is an amazing clip of Plummer delivering the famous Tyrone monologue describing his association with the play that would both save and ruin his career. Truly brilliant. You can watch another sample of Plummer as James Tyrone here on line. How wonderful if that could happen. Imagine O’Neill’s early triumph on Broadway side by side with his posthumous classic. Christopher Plummer is an extraordinary actor in full power, and to see him on Broadway as James Tyrone would be a performance to remember. The report on the Broadway arrival of Desire comes from Variety. Is Broadway big enough for two O’Neills? Of course it is.