‘Salesman’ to work in Los Angeles

Original cast members expected to reup B'Way roles

CHICAGO — All the contracts are not yet inked, but sources close to the production say that last season’s Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” will be remounted at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles this fall as part of the Ahmanson subscription season.

Current plans call for Robert Falls’ widely acclaimed production, first seen at Chicago’s Goodman Theater, to open on the West Coast Sept. 20 (perfs begin Sept. 12) and close Nov. 5.

Original cast members Brian Dennehy, Elizabeth Franz and Howard Witt are expected to reprise the roles they played on Broadway, as are most of the minor players.

However, Kevin Anderson, who played Biff, will not rejoin the show due to other commitments. Ron Eldard, who took over from Anderson during the Broadway run, will play the role in Los Angeles.

“Salesman” packed up its profitable Broadway valise on Nov. 7 after Dennehy decided to leave the show, citing exhaustion and the desire to spend time with his family. “Salesman” was later taped for Showtime.

With “Aida” now open on Broadway and Falls back in Chicago, the Goodman’s artistic director presumably will have some time in his busy schedule to fine-tune the new Los Angeles version of the Miller classic.

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