Al Pacino in ‘China Doll’ Sets Dates for Broadway

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Al Pacino’s return to Broadway in David Mamet play “China Doll” has set its Broadway dates and theater, lining up a November opening at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater.

Fran Kranz, the “Dollhouse” actor whose recent Broadway credits include “You Can’t Take It With You” and “Death of a Salesman,” will star alongside Pacino in the world premiere of “China Doll.” He’ll play the assistant to Pacino’s character in the two-actor play about a rich man (Pacino) who’s just bought a plane for his fiance. Just before leaving the office he stops to give his assistant (Kranz) a couple of instructions and take one last phone call.

Pacino is one of Broadway’s most consistent box office draws, one of a only a few actors who are sure-thing sales magnets. (Hugh Jackman and Denzel Washington also make the short list.) The production seems likely to have extra luster for ticket buyers due to Pacino’s longstanding relationship with Mamet. Most recently he starred in Mamet’s HBO film “Phil Specter,” and on Broadway he starred in the 2012 revival of “Glengarry Glen Ross” as well as a 1983 staging of “American Buffalo.” The actor also toplined the 1992 film version of “Glengarry Glen Ross.”

“China Doll” producers Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler have previously teamed with Pacino on “Glengarry” as well as “The Merchant of Venice.” They’ve also brought new Mamet plays to Broadway including “November” and “The Anarchist.”

Later this month, Mamet’s “American Buffalo” begins a West End run that stars Damian Lewis and John Goodman.

Pam MacKinnon (“A Delicate Balance,” “The Heidi Chronicles”) helms “China Doll” in a run that begins previews Oct. 20 ahead of a Nov. 19 opening. The current tenant at the Schoenfeld, Helen Mirren starrer “The Audience,” will end its limited run June 28.

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  1. MD says:

    The storyline sounds really gross, and like the same- old same-old old-man’s wet dream….can we wake up from this nightmare yet?

  2. isora says:

    Al Pacino, mi mejor y mas bello actor.

  3. Paul Brno says:

    I worked as a background player on ‘Panic In Needle Park’ way back in 1970, when Al was 30 years old. So when Al came up to our sanitation truck in 2012, he looked like this 72 wrinkled old man who kind of looked & talked like Al Pacino. Dennis, the guy I worked with said, ‘hey Al Pacino, how you doing? Then Al says, ‘don’t call me Al Pacino! So now I’m not sure that this guy is really Al Pacino. So instead of telling Al Pacino that I went to the Neighborhood Playhouse with Diane Keaton & that I worked at Paparazzi restaurant with Jimmy Hayden, who ended up dying of a drug overdose while he was co-starring with Al Pacino in American Buffalo in1983, I did something that was really stupid, & this is probably why I’m not co-starring in Al Pacino’s new play, Iwent up to Al & put my arms around him whispered in his ear like scar face, ‘don’t worry man, it’s OK. Don’t worry.’ Then Dennis says, ‘show him a picture of your wife. So I show him my wife’s picture & say, ‘all she wants to do is have sex!’ Now remember that I sais all this stuff because I didn’t believe that this guy was Al Pacino. Another opportunity that I messed up. That’s probably why I’ll always be ALMOST famous. True story.

    • Paul Brno says:

      A couple of weeks later at a Saturday matinee, I gave Al my actor business card & basically told him all of the above stuff that I already wrote & apologized for not recognizing him & saying all stupid stuff & I gave his driver. A DVD of “The Sanitation Chronicles”, a play I wrote about all of the crazy people & morons that I worked with in the NYC sanitation Dept. I’m retired now & I’m still trying to get somewhere in acting. I won best actor award back in 1963 at the herald tribune drama festival at Hunter College.

  4. Kara says:

    Ahhhhh!!! When will the tickets actually go on sale ???

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