Producer David Binder, juggling the smash success of two star-driven Broadway revivals — Hedwig And The Angry Inch and Of Mice And Men — added another arrow to his quiver of successful producing tips this morning by announcing a deal has been struck making the Steinbeck drama, starring James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton, the first Broadway show to be filmed for telecast under the wing of the UK’s National Theatre Live.
The deal was made in a flurry of activity over the last several days, Wayne Wolfe, a spokesman for the show, told Deadline, including securing the OKs of Broadway’s particularly protective unions. “The final performance will be Sunday at the Longacre Theatre, as scheduled,” Wolfe said. “Then on Monday, instead of a load-out, there will be a load-in of the cameras and on Tuesday, a performance before the cameras with an invited audience.” No screening dates have been announced, though NT Live has a busy fall slate, including broadcasts of Medea,; the hit London revival of David Hare’s Skylight; Treasure Island; and Frankenstein, among others..
“We are thrilled to be working with David Binder and his Of Mice And Men team, and to include this great production of an American classic in our National Theatre Live program,” says David Sabel, the National Theatre’s Director of Broadcast and Digital. The program is in its fifth year of promoting screenings of live performances in venues around the world. “These broadcasts have enabled millions more people around the world to see great theatre from the UK and now the U.S.”
“We are humbled that Of Mice And Men will be the first Broadway show National Theatre Live will be adding to their prestigious series of over 40 UK productions,” says Binder. “I can’t think of a greater honor that could be bestowed on this production of Steinbeck’s masterwork than to have an opportunity for millions of theater lovers around the world to see our production under the auspices of National Theatre Live.”
Of Mice And Men on Broadway is produced by Binder, Kate Lear, Darren Bagert, Adam Zotovich, Latitude Link/Piedmont Productions, Raise the Roof, Paula Marie Black, Marc Turtletaub, Ruth Hendel/Barbara Whitman, Marianne Mills/Jayne Baron Sherman, Martin Massman, Judy Kent/Wendy Knudsen, Kevin Niu, Michael Watt and The Shubert Organization. 101 Productions, Ltd are the executive producers.