Watch out Book of Mormon, there’s about to be a hot new ticket in town: An A-list production of Arthur Miller’s classic American tragedy Death of a Salesman is headed to the Great White Way.
Scott Rudin’s reps confirmed to EW that the Oscar-winner (No Country For Old Men) will produce the latest revival of Salesman. (Deadline first reported the news.) If Rudin’s recent track record weren’t enough (he’s one of the producers of the Tony-winning smash, the aforementioned Book of Mormon), the play will star none other than Philip Seymour Hoffman as the tragic figure Willy Loman and Andrew Garfield, who will be making his Broadway debut, as his troubled son Biff. The show, which is slated to open at New York City’s Ethel Barrymore Theater in the spring, will be directed by Mike Nichols. In other words, you’d better start lining up at TKTS now.
While big stars heading to the stage is hardly anything new, particularly in the upcoming Broadway season (Garfield’s Social Network co-star Jesse Eisenberg will appear in an off-Broadway play this fall) this is exciting news, as it gives new life to a story that, while brilliant, has been done to, well, death.
Brian Dennehy had a powerful presence in 1999’s revival of Salesman (so good, in fact, he won a Tony for it), and if anyone can match that intensity on stage, it’s Hoffman. In addition to Tony noms for his performances in True West and Long Day’s Journey into Night, it will reunite the actor with Nichols, whom he worked with on the Central Park production of The Seagull.
Even with these other impressive Broadway vets, the real big draw might be Garfield, who will only be hotter as we approach the release of The Amazing Spider-Man next summer. A home run for Garfield on Broadway can only increase his growing star power. We’re willing to bet theater and Spidey (no, not that Spider-Man) fanatics alike will be vying for tickets faster than they can sell them.
Are you excited that there’s another revival of Death of a Salesman, this time with Hoffman, Garfield, Nichols, and Rudin attached? Will you see it when it hits Broadway? Let us know in the comments section below, PopWatchers.