Spacey starrer sets Gotham dates
There’ll be a “Moon” over Broadway this spring.
The Rialto transfer of Eugene O’Neill’s “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” toplined by Kevin Spacey and currently running at London’s Old Vic, has set its Gotham dates. Show begins previews at the Brooks Atkinson March 29 for an April 9 opening, with a run limited to 84 perfs or about 10½ weeks.
Production, which earned strong notices from U.K. critics when it opened in September, reunites Spacey with director Howard Davies, who helmed Spacey’s last Rialto outing, the 1999 revival of O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh,” which also played the Brooks Atkinson.
Cast of “Moon” includes Eve Best and Colm Meaney. Set in 1923, the plot follows the tentative relationship between alcoholic actor Jim Tyrone and an imposing woman whose father rents a farmhouse from Tyrone.
“Moon” was last revived on Broadway in 2000, in a production that starred Gabriel Byrne and Cherry Jones.
That incarnation was produced by Elliot Martin, who’s also producing the latest version along with Ben Sprecher, Max Cooper (another alum of the earlier production), Nica Burns, Max Weitzenhoffer and the Old Vic, with Scott Rudin, Spring Sirkin and the Nederlander Org.
Spacey is a.d. of the Old Vic, and his controversial tenure there (which included a critically pannedrun last spring of a Robert Altman-helmed production of Arthur Miller’s “Resurrection Blues”) seems to have been redeemed by “Moon,” for which he won a slew of plaudits.
“Moon” finishes its run at the Old Vic Dec. 23.