Actor to star in 'That Championship Season'
This season will be “That Championship Season” for Kiefer Sutherland, who’s lined up his Broadway bow next spring in the play revival that also will star Chris Noth, Jason Patric, Brian Cox and Jim Gaffigan.One actor who was never attached to the project: Liev Schreiber, whose involvement was persistently rumored seemingly because “Championship” is helmed by Gregory Mosher, who directed the thesp in last season’s revival of “A View From the Bridge.” That production netted a Tony for co-topliner Scarlett Johansson. Sutherland reps a significant get for Broadway, where these days one of the surest-fire keys to success is a starry cast that includes faces familiar from high-profile TV shows such as “24,” the Fox skein Sutherland led for eight seasons. Producers of “Championship” are Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo and the Shubert Org — a triumvirate that teamed last season to produce B.O.-busting play “A Steady Rain” starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig. “Championship” joins a Broadway season that includes other star-driven plays such as “The Merchant of Venice,” with Al Pacino; James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave starrer “Driving Miss Daisy”; and an upcoming staging of “The House of Blue Leaves” toplined by Ben Stiller and Edie Falco. Like Sutherland, Gaffigan (“My Boys”) makes his Main Stem debut in “Season.” Noth (“Law and Order,” “Sex and the City”) previously appeared on the Rialto in a 2000 production of “The Best Man,” while Cox’s most recent stint on the Main Stem was in the 2007 staging of “Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Patric, who starred in the 2003 Broadway revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” is the son of Jason Miller, who penned “Championship Season.” Plot centers on a reunion of four former members of a Catholic high school basketball team, gathering in the home of their terminally ill coach (Cox). The 1972 play went on to win the Tony and the Pulitzer. The revival is targeting a March opening at a Shubert theater to be determined.
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