Jeff Daniels, Michelle Williams Team For Broadway ‘Blackbird’

David Harrower’s scorching play about an encounter between Ray, a male business executive, and Una, the woman he seduced 15 years earlier, when she was 12 years old, will open on Broadway in the spring.

Jeff Daniels will re-create the role he played in the 2007 Manhattan Theatre Club presentation of the 90-minute drama. Also revisiting the play is director Joe Mantello, who staged the earlier production. Una, originally played by Alison Pill (Daniels’ castmate on HBO’s The Newsroom), will be taken by three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, who recently appeared on Broadway opposite Alan Cumming in Cabaret. 

Blackbird will play an 18-week limited engagement at the Belasco Theatre beginning February 5, with opening set for March 10. Scott Rudin is producing. Spring also has been mentioned as the release date for the Benedict Andrews-helmed film of the play, also adapted by Harrower and starring Rooney Mara (Carol) and Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline). The film is being produced by Jean Doumanian, a frequent Rudin co-producer.

One of the most talked-about plays of the past two decades, Blackbird had its premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival before moving to the West End and winning the Olivier Award for Best New Play in a production directed by Peter Stein. The creative team for Broadway includes Scott Pask (set), Ann Roth (costumes) and Brian MacDevitt (lighting).

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