Nearly 60 years after its world premiere, Arthur Miller’s rarely performed “The Man Who Had All the Luck” returns to Broadway under the auspices of the Roundabout Theater Company. Chris O’Donnell stars, with Scott Ellis directing. Opening is set for March 14 at RTC’s American Airlines Theater.
Miller wrote the play in 1940 and saw it produced on Broadway in 1944. It marked his first major production. However, the story about a man who is plagued by good fortune did not meet critical success and closed after only four performances. The new Roundabout production promises a longer run. Under the company’s subscription program, “The Man Who Had All the Luck” is skedded to run at least 11 weeks, including previews, which begin Feb. 8.
In July, the actor made his professional stage debut in “The Man Who Had All the Luck” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
At the time, Michael Ritchie, the fest’s producer, told Daily Variety, “Miller doesn’t play any major changes. He may want to see it for what it was when he wrote it.” Ellis directed that staging as well as a reading last year for the Roundabout’s donors.
“It gives you a feeling of where he is going as a playwright,” Ellis said of the play, referring to themes of family and father-son relationships explored in subsequent Miller works “All My Sons” (1947) and “Death of a Salesman” (1949).
The first revival of “The Man Who Had All the Luck” took place in April 2000 at the Ivy Substation in Los Angeles. Dan Fields directed.