Actor will star in Odets play 'Big Knife'

Bobby Canavale will topline a Broadway revival of 1949 Clifford Odets play “The Big Knife” next spring.

Gotham nonprofit Roundabout Theater Company produces “Knife,” to be directed by Doug Hughes (“Proof,” “Born Yesterday”). The Odets play, about a Hollywood studio star being blackmailed over the coverup of a scandalous past misdeed, was turned into a 1955 film noir helmed by Robert Aldrich and starring Jack Palance.

Canavale will play the central role of movie star Charlie Castle in the production, with further casting to be announced. Thesp’s prior Broadway credits include “The Motherfucker with the Hat” and “Mauritius,” while on the smallscreen he’s appearing in the current season of “Nurse Jackie” and will join the cast of “Boardwalk Empire” in the fall.

“Big Knife,” set to begin previews at the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater March 22 ahead of an April opening, joins a Roundabout season on the Rialto that also includes upcoming revivals of “Harvey” (toplined by Jim Parsons), “Drood” and “Picnic.”

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