As previously speculated, the Donmar Warehouse production of Red will transfer to Broadway this spring, with leads Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne intact. John Logan's drama will start performances on March 11, 2010 at the Golden Theatre.
Directed by Donmar Artistic Director Michael Grandage, Red is set in 1958 as New York artist Mark Rothko (Molina) has received the art world’s largest commission to create a series of murals for The Four Seasons restaurant in the new Seagram building on Park Avenue. Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, Ken (Redmayne) and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Rothko faces his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. Red is a theatrical account of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, whose struggle to accept his growing riches and praise became his ultimate undoing.
American playwright Logan will make his Broadway debut with Red. Although he has written 14 plays, he's best known for his work as a screenwriter, having won a Golden Globe Award for his adaptation of Sweeney Todd, a Writers Guild of America Award for RKO 281 (about Orson Welles and the making of Citizen Kane) and Academy Award nominations for The Aviator and Gladiator.
Red ends its acclaimed run at the Donmar Warehouse in London on February 6. The 15-week Broadway run of the show is set to open officially on April 1.