Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway debut of Oscar nominee James Franco in Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck’s classic tale of seeking friendship and home during the Great Depression. Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) and Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) will also be making their Broadway debuts in a cast which also includes Tony and Olivier winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer, Finian’s Rainbow).
Franco and O’Dowd play George and Lenny, two drifters struggling to survive in the farmlands of 1930s California. They appear to be settled in their latest position, but when the simple-minded yet incredibly strong Lenny encounters the foreman’s flirtatious wife (Meester), the pair’s dreams of finding a place of their own are dashed. Directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County), this will be the first time in 40 years the classic play has been on Broadway.
Steinbeck adapted the script from his own short novel for its first Broadway run back in 1937. Directed by George S. Kaufman, it ran for 207 performances. It was last on Broadway in 1974, when James Earl Jones played Lenny and Kevin Conway was George. The 1939 film version starred Lon Chaney, Jr. and Burgess Meredith. A 1992 remake featured John Malkovich and Gary Sinise.
Preview performances begin March 19 at the Longacre Theatre at 220 W. 48th St. Opening night is set for April 16. Of Mice and Men has a limited run through July 27. Get tickets now!