It is my pleasure to confirm the rumor that our second production at Studio 54 this season will be Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot, directed by Anthony Page. The production will star Tony Award winners Bill Irwin (Vladimir) and Nathan Lane (Estragon).
Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’, which we had planned to follow Pal Joey into Studio 54, will instead be a part of our 2009-2010 season.
It is truly an honor to welcome Bill Irwin, Nathan Lane and Anthony Page back to the Roundabout family—it has been far too long.
Our last collaboration with Bill was in 1998, when he directed George Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear. The previous year he directed and starred in his own adaptation of Scapin at the first Laura Pels Theatre. Bill has since earned a Tony Award for his performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Nathan last appeared on the American Airlines stage in our 2000 production of The Man Who Came to Dinner. He is perhaps best known for his Tony Award-winning performances in The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened..., though he has also appeared in Guys and Dolls, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Odd Couple, Butley, and last season’s production of November, to name a few.
And Anthony is an old friend of Roundabout, having directed our productions of Inadmissible Evidence in 1981 and The Caretaker in 1982. He served as the Artistic Director at the Royal Court Theatre, where he directed the first London revival of Waiting for Godot as well as a production of A Doll’s House that transferred to Broadway and earned him a Tony Award.
I truly look forward to working with this incredibly talented team.
Waiting for Godot will being previews on Friday, April 10th and will officially open on Thursday, April 30th.
2008-2009 Season, Waiting for Godot