Broadway beckons Denzel Washington


Broadway beckons Denzel Washington

Hollywood actor Denzel Washington will be seen in the revival of "Iceman's Cometh" next year.

Playing Brutus, he sold out a 2005 production of "Julius Caesar".

The setting of the play is on the West Side of Manhattan, in saloon populated by a bunch of washouts.

That role will be played by Washington in the upcoming revival.

The revival will be produced by Scott Rudin with George C. Wolfe taking on directing duties.

Denzel Washington will be at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in NY, in a strict 14-week engagement. It is notoriously known as one of the playwright's most demanding works - of its actors and audiences - as some stagings have run almost five hours long. It requires both the actors and audience of the play lots of stamina because its staging runs for nearly five hours.

Sources say Washington has always been an O'Neill fan.

James Barton had originated Hickey when The Iceman Cometh had first opened on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre in 1946, and this forthcoming revival will set up shop at the Jacobs Theater, where the musical Bandstand'll close this September. He directed several Broadway productions including "The Normal Heart", "All That Followed", "Angels in America" and much more.

Written in 1939, but first published in 1946, The Iceman Cometh debuted on Broadway that same year.

His stint in The Iceman Cometh will start having previews next March 22, and an April 26 opening will kick off a limited run that's slated to stretch across 14 weeks.

Hopefully, more details about the drama revival will come out soon.