Cox, Sewell, Sinead Cusack set for play
Brian Cox, Rufus Sewell and Sinead Cusack topline the Broadway production of Tom Stoppard’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll,” set to play the Jacobs Theater this fall.Cox, Sewell and Cusack reprise the roles they played in the original London production helmed by Trevor Nunn, who directs on Broadway. Also crossing the pond are thesps Nicole Ansari and Alice Eve. Last Stoppard outing on Broadway, “The Coast of Utopia,” closed May 13 and earlier this week racked up ten Tony noms. Blighty preem of “Rock” originated at London’s Royal Court last summer before transferring to a West End stint. Show scored play kudos from the London Evening Standard and the London Critics’ Circle. Plot follows the lives of a British professor (Cox) and a Czech dissident (Sewell), all while tracing the twin histories of Czech politics and rock ‘n’ roll music from 1968 to 1990. Play is produced by Sonia Friedman Prods. (“The Woman in White,” “Faith Healer”), Bob Boyett, Ostar Enterprises, Roger Berlind and Tulbart Prods., in association with Lincoln Center Theater, which produced the three-play epic “Utopia.” LCT will offer “Rock” to its members and patrons. London design team also will make the move to Broadway, including Robert Jones (set), Emma Ryott (costumes), Howard Harrison (lights) and Ian Dickinson (sound). Current tennant of the Jacobs, “Frost/Nixon,” is selling tickets through Aug. 19. “Rock ‘n’ Roll” begins previews Oct. 19 for a Nov. 4 opening.