EXCLUSIVE: Thanks to the success of its Tony-winning revival of The King And I — and the failure of The Visit — a hit London revival of A View From The Bridge will land on Broadway this fall, courtesy of a partnership between Lincoln Center Theater and Scott Rudin.
Belgian director Ivo van Hove’s acclaimed production of Arthur Miller’s scorching Brooklyn waterfront melodrama marks the first joint arrangement between producer Rudin and the nonprofit Lincoln Center Theater. The production — first mounted by the Young Vic and starring Mark Strong, Nicola Walker, Phoebe Fox, Emun Elliott and Michael Gould — is slated to begin previews October 21 at the Shubert-owned Lyceum Theatre, with opening night November 12. The deal comes fast on the heels of an announcement earlier this week that the Lyceum’s current tenant, The Visit, will close on June 21. View is scheduled for a limited run through February 21, 2016.
A spokesman for Rudin and Lincoln Center Theater, Philip Rinaldi, said the joint venture is a one-off and not part of a longer-term agreement. Lincoln Center Theater’s subscribers will be offered tickets to the show, which replaces the fall slot at the company’s flagship Vivian Beaumont Theater, where its Tony-winning revival of The King And I is settling in for an open-ended run. Rudin’s import with Robert Fox of David Hare’s Skylight just won the Tony for best play revival.
Set in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, the Miller play concerns Italian-American longshoreman Eddie Carbone (Strong), whose infatuation with his live-in niece Catherine (Fox) is shattered when she falls for one of the two illegal-immigrant brothers who have come to board with them. The production won Olivier awards for best revival, best director and best actor (Strong). The play, whose full-length version had its world premiere in Peter Brook’s 1956 London staging, is a mainstay of the repertory and was most recently revived on Broadway in a 2010 production by former Lincoln Center Theater director Gregory Mosher, starring Liev Schreiber as Eddie and, in a Tony-winning performance, Scarlet Johansson as Catherine. It’s also been adapted as a very good opera by Miller and William Bolcom.
Van Hove, an Obie Award winner and longtime critical favorite whose off-Broadway productions include American classics A Streetcar Named Desire and The Little Foxes, will be making his Broadway debut with the revival, which has already been available to American audiences via NT Live.