Broadway Revival of Of Mice & Men, Starring James Franco & Chris O'Dowd, Heads to the Big Screen
Get ready for George, Lennie and the rest of the gang on the big screen. The Broadway revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton, will be filmed during its final weeks of performances at the Longacre Theatre for a broadcast by the U.K.'s National Theatre Live. This marks the first Great White Way show to be filmed by the National Theatre program. Screenings dates for the U.S. and Britain will be announced later.
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, Of Mice and Men tells the story of two migrant workers: George (Franco), a sharp but uneducated, short-tempered man, and Lennie (O'Dowd), a large but simple-minded man. Together they hope to one day acquire their own piece of land. But when Lennie stirs up trouble on the job, George must choose between protecting his friend or continuing to strive for the American dream. This is the first time the play has been on Broadway in 40 years.
Of Mice and Men began performances on Broadway on March 19 and will play its final performance on July 27. Additional cast members include Ron Cephas Jones, Alex Morf, Joel Marsh Garland, James McMenamin, Jim Ortlieb and Jim Parrack.
The ‘Mice’ That Roared: Franco, O’Dowd, Meester Sets Broadway House Record
Proving their chops as Broadway draws, James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton set a second house record last week as their run in the revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men comes to a close. The show grossed $929,888 for the week ending July 20, breaking its previous record of $897,851.00 for the week ending April 27. The show, which opened on April 16 at the Longacre Theatre and recouped its $3.8 million capitalization after 12 weeks, ends its limited run this Sunday.
The success of Mice, staged by Anna D. Shapiro, underscores the value of smart marketing, stalwart producing and, essentially, great word-of-mouth, all of which urged the show — hardly your typical breezy summer fare — to must-see status. The producers are David 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.
Final week :')