Members of the original Broadway cast of hit play “God of Carnage” will reprise their roles in Los Angeles for a six-week run at the Ahmanson Theater in the spring.
James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis will all appear under returning helmer Matthew Warchus. Thanks in large part to the B.O. appeal of its cast, “Carnage” was one of the rare Rialto plays to become a sales powerhouse, with producers holding on to the actors for an extended run after shutting down the show for a brief hiatus.
The Tony haul for “Carnage” included kudos for play and helmer and an acting award for Harden. Subsequent “Carnage” casts on Broadway never yielded equally robust box office.
It’s rare for star casting to be replicated beyond limited Gotham engagements, as in-demand thesps often squeeze legit stints in between film or TV commitments.
Presented by the Center Theater Group at the Ahmanson, “Carnage” is produced by Robert Fox, David Pugh, Dafydd Rogers, Stuart Thompson, Scott Rudin, Jon B. Platt, the Weinstein Co. and the Shubert Organization. Production runs April 5-May 15.Roman Polanski’s film version of the play, set to star Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly, is set to begin filming in Paris at the end of the month.