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Denzel Washington to Star in ‘Iceman Cometh’ on Broadway


Denzel Washington is to return to Broadway in the spring.

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Denzel Washington will return to Broadway this spring in a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh.”

Mr. Washington will play the lead role of Theodore Hickman, a.k.a. Hickey, a charming traveling salesman, in this dark and poetic drama that unfolds in a Manhattan saloon. The play will be directed by George C. Wolfe and produced by Scott Rudin. Further casting has yet to be announced.

A two-time Oscar winner for his film roles, Mr. Washington has become a steady presence on Broadway lately. He appeared in “Fences” in 2010, winning a Tony Award, and “A Raisin in the Sun” in 2014. Both were box-office successes. He starred in the film adaptation of “Fences” last year as well.

With its large cast and forbidding length, “Iceman Cometh” is a challenge to produce. The last Broadway revival was in 1999, with Kevin Spacey as Hickey. Nathan Lane won acclaim for the role in a Goodman Theater production, which at one point was being considered for a Broadway transfer, and ended up at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2015.

Broadway previews for “The Iceman Cometh” will begin on March 22, 2018, and opening night will be on April 26 at the Jacobs Theater. It will run for 14 weeks.

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