Baker, Liu join Daniels, McTeer in Broadway hit
Jeff Daniels, Janet Mc-Teer, Dylan Baker and Lucy Liu will make up the new cast of hit Broadway play “God of Carnage,” with an ensemble composed of both returning thesps and new ones.
Daniels, one-fourth of the starry cast that launched Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning play on the Rialto, will switch roles, taking on the one played by James Gandolfini last spring. McTeer (“Mary Stuart”) reprises the part she played in the London production of “God,” which also was helmed by Rialto director Matthew Warchus. (Marcia Gay Harden picked up a thesping Tony for her Stateside turn in the same role.)
Baker and Liu are new to the play, about two Brooklyn couples brought together after their children get into a playground altercation. Liu makes her Rialto debut in the show.
“God” became the must-see play of the Broadway season last spring, with strong reviews and a high-profile cast yielding weekly sales that often hovered just below the $1 million mark, an unusually high tally for a nonmusical.
This fall’s replacement cast — Jimmy Smits, Annie Potts, Christine Lahti and Ken Stott — has brought in decent biz for a straight play but the numbers haven’t approached those generated by the original ensemble.
New cast kicks off perfs March 2 at the Jacobs Theater.