The Crucible Will Return to Broadway
One of the greatest American dramas of all time may be returning to Broadway. While Broadway currently features an incredible season of hit new plays including Hand To God and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, classic American dramas are a favorite of audiences and actors alike. We’ve been lucky to see some like The Glass Menagerie or Death Of A Salesman in recent years. But with the new Broadway season speeding up to us, were already looking to see what classics may return next season! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that The Crucible will return to Broadway in 2016!
While an official announcement has yet to be made, the public learned today that producer Scott Rudin (Pictured Right) is planning to bring The Crucible back to Broadway in 2016. The news broke as an Actor’s Equity casting notice hit the web. According to the notice, the show will begin rehearsals in January 2016 with the first preview scheduled for February 29th, 2016. The show will play a limited engagement through July 17th, 2016.
At this time, no casting for the production has been announced. However, it is known that the roles of John Proctor, Abigail Williams, Elizabeth Proctor, Judge George Danforth and Rev. John Hale have already been cast. No director or specific theatre have been named either for the production. The Daily Mail reported in March that Tony Award winner Sophie Okonedo (Pictured Left) would star in an upcoming New York production of The Crucible. Whether or not this is that production has yet to be confirmed. Luner on Theatre will be sure to provide an update once any of these details has become available to the public.
The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller. The play follows the story of the Puritan town of Salem and the chaos that erupts following declarations of witchcraft. As fear and suspicion begin to spread, the town begins to unearth secrets of the past and long time resentments as they search to remove to axis of evil from their village. As the notice says itself, “When everyone is a suspect, sometimes the most dangerous threat to the community may be the community itself.”
The production first bowed on Broadway, the same year it was written, in 1953 at the Martin Beck Theatre (Now the Al Hirschfeld). The show ran for a total of seven months beginning on January 22nd, 1953 and ending July 11th, 1953. Despite negative and hostile reviews for the original production, the play went on to win the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play and quickly became a classic of American drama. While the New York Times did not enjoy the production, they raved about the piece of drama in itself. This can be seen on the original poster right. The Crucible was revived on Broadway just over a decade ago running from February 2002 through June 2002 at the Virginia Theatre (Now the August Wilson). The revival starred Liam Neeson as John Proctor.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on The Crucible‘s return to Broadway! As mentioned before, there has been no official announcement of confirmation at this time! However, we are expecting one soon for sure! As of this time, there is currently no website of social media for the potential Broadway bow of The Crucible so stay tuned to Luner on Theatre for more! Until then, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!