Jeff Daniels, Michelle Williams to Star in Broadway ‘Blackbird’

Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams will star in a Broadway staging of “Blackbird,” the David Harrower play to be directed by Joe Mantello (“Wicked”).

Scott Rudin, the busy producer whose starry Broadway offerings this season include the upcoming revival of “The Crucible” and the musical “Shuffle Along,” will produce the play, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2005 before a West End transfer soon thereafter. The show made its American premiere at Off Broadway’s Manhattan Theater Club in 2007, in a production that also starred Daniels and was directed by Mantello. Williams takes on a role played by Allison Pill at MTC.

Daniels, who starred in the Rudin-produced HBO series “The Newsroom,” was last on Broadway in the 2009 Broadway production of “God of Carnage.” Williams, meanwhile, made her Broadway debut in the 2014 revival of “Cabaret.”

Harrower’s drama “Blackbird” centers on the uncomfortable reunion of an older man and younger woman who haven’t seen each other since their relationship ended some 15 years earlier.

“Blackbird” has nabbed a spring slot in Broadway’s Belasco Theater, where the revival of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” recently shuttered. The 18-week engagement begins previews Feb. 5 prior to a March 10 opening.

The design team for the Broadway staging of “Blackbird” includes Scott Pask (sets), Ann Roth (costumes) and Brian MacDevitt (lights). Pask designed the set for the Off Broadway run.

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