About Of Mice and Men
Oscar nominee James Franco (127 Hours) makes his Broadway debut along with Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) and Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) in Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck’s heartbreaking tale of seeking home and friendship during the Great Depression.
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, but incredibly strong Lenny encounters the foreman’s flirtatious wife (Meester), the pair’s dreams of finding a place of their own are dashed. The cast also includes Tony and Olivier winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer, Finian’s Rainbow). Directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County), this will be the first time in 40 years this classic play has been on Broadway.
Two hours and 35 minutes (one intermission)
Did you know?
One of America’s greatest writers, John Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. In addition to Of Mice and Men, his best-known works include The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, The Red Pony, and Tortilla Flat.
Steinbeck adapted the script from his own short novel and it opened on Broadway 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.
The multitalented Franco recently directed film versions of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God, and appeared in Palo Alto, a movie based on his own book of short stories. He first came to prominence in the cult TV series Freaks and Geeks and won a Golden Globe for TNT’s TV-movie on James Dean. In addition to Bridesmaids, O’Dowd has appeared in the hit HBO series Girls and on stage in his native Ireland in Playboy of the Western World and Under the Blue Sky in London.
In addition to playing Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl from 2007 to 2012, Meester has appeared in such films as Country Strong, The Roommate, Monte Carlo, That’s My Boy, and The Oranges.
Anyone who appreciates fine drama will also want to see this classic story of pursuing the American Dream and seeking home and friendship. Fans of Franco, O’Dowd and Meester will enjoy seeing their favorite stars live on stage in these challenging roles.
Good for kids?
The play is too adult for small children, but mature teenagers should enjoy it.
Longacre Theatre Location Information:
220 W. 48th St.
New York, NY 10036
N, R to 49th St.; A, C, E to 50th St.; B, D, F, Q to 47th St.-Rockefeller Center.
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