These days Shia LaBeouf is best known for movies and Alec Baldwin for TV, but when the two actors finally find themselves working together next year it will be on stage. Both heartthrobs–one for the daughters, one for the moms–have joined the cast of the upcoming Broadway play Orphans.
Lyle Kessler’s 1983 drama is a dark story that the New York Times once described as “theater for the senses and emotions.” Set in a filthy Philadelphia row house, the play is about a pair of orphaned brothers, one young and vulnerable, the other older, wiser and tougher. LaBeouf plays older brother Treat who kidnaps an aging mobster named Harold, played by Baldwin, who quickly turns the tables on his young captors. The role of the younger brother Phillip hasn’t been cast.
Previews for Orphans begin on March 19 at the Schoenfeld Theater, with opening night coming on April 7. This Daniel Sullivan-directed production marks the play’s Broadway debut. It will also mark LaBeouf’s Broadway debut after a career that started on the Disney Channel and led to blockbuster action films. Baldwin will be returning to Broadway for the fifth time and the first since Twentieth Century in 2004.