Oscar-winning Broadway vet Estelle Parsons has joined the complete Broadway cast of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Previously announced stars Frances McDormand and Tate Donovan will headline Daniel Sullivan’s world premiere production, which begins previews on February 8, 2011, and opens on March 3.
In addition to McDormand, Donovan and Parsons, the cast will include Becky Ann Baker, Patrick Carroll and Renée Elise Goldsberry.
Good People is set in Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bill and where Margie Walsh (McDormand) has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling (Donovan) who has made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings?
Parsons is currently appearing in the London revival of Deathtrap and most recently starred on Broadway in August: Osage County. She received Tony nominations for The Seven Descents of Myrtle, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, Miss Margarida’s Way and Mornings at Seven. Parsons won an Academy Award for her performance in Bonnie and Clyde and played Roseanne Barr’s mother Bev on the hit sitcom Roseanne for nine seasons.
Baker’s Broadway credits include All My Sons, Assassins, Titanic, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Off-Broadway credits include Suddenly Last Summer, Othello, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Shanghai Moon, June Moon, Durang Durang, To Whom It May Concern and Laura Dennis.
Goldsberry played Mimi in the final cast of Rent and has appeared on the New York stage The Color Purple, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Lion King and The Baker’s Wife. She received two Daytime Emmy nominations for her role on One Life to Live. Carroll will make his Broadway debut in Good People.
Good People marks Lindsay-Abaire’s fourth collaboration with MTC, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole (soon to be released in Lindsay-Abaire’s screen adaptation starring Nicole Kidman), Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo and Wonder of the World.
The creative team for Good People will include John Lee Beatty (scenic design), David Zinn (costume design), Pat Collins (lighting design) and Jill BC DuBoff (sound design).