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Byrne in B’way-bound ‘Moon’

Thesp to star opposite Jones

NEW YORK — Gabriel Byrne has committed to star opposite Cherry Jones in the Broadway-bound revival of Eugene O’Neill’s “A Moon for the Misbegotten.”

The production, capitalized at $1.5 million, will open at the Goodman Theater in Chicago in January for a tryout run before a March 22 opening at the Walter Kerr. Previews for the Broadway run begin March 9.

Producing the revival are Elliot Martin, Chase Mishkin and Jujamcyn. It will be directed by Daniel Sullivan.

“Moon for the Misbegotten,” written in 1943 and first performed in 1947, originally opened on Broadway in 1957. That production starred Wendy Hiller, Cyril Cusack and Franchot Tone.

Byrne will play James Tyrone Jr., the troubled, alcoholic poet who also appears in O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” Jones plays his admirer, the lonely Connecticut farm girl Josie Hogan.

Jones won a Tony for her role in “The Heiress,” a part for which Hiller was also acclaimed.

Byrne is best known for his film work and can be seen in the upcoming Arnold Schwarzenegger pic “End of Days.”