Image Credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PR PhotosActor Billy Crudup — who’s known for roles in Almost Famous and Big Fish, among several other movies — will return to the Broadway play that brought him to prominence back in 1995, Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, his rep tells EW’s Dave Karger. The drama, which is split between modern times and 1809, concerns the relationship between past and present, order and disorder. Crudup won’t be reprising his role as Septimus Hodge, a 19th-century tutor. Instead, he’ll play Bernard Nightingale, an academic at a modern university. (Stage vet and former Alias star Victor Garber originated the role on Broadway.) Crudup’s rep tells EW that while working on Arcadia, which is expected to launch on Broadway this February, he’ll also shoot the HBO movie Too Big to Fail (based on the buzzy Wall Street title by Andrew Ross Sorkin), portraying Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner opposite William Hurt as former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.
Back in 1995, EW’s Jess Cagle reviewed Arcadia, saying, “Tom Stoppard’s drama breezes between the early 19th and late 20th centuries as the latter-day inhabitants of an English country house search for clues about the home’s former occupants. Beautiful idea, somewhat marred by Stoppard’s show-offy intellectualism.” He gave the production a B.
Are you excited for Crudup’s return to Broadway, PopWatchers? —Additional reporting by Dave Karger