The 35-member cast of the forthcoming Broadway production of War Horse has been announced. The acclaimed drama, adapted by Nick Stafford from the novel by Michael Morpurgo, will begin previews on March 15 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater and open on April 14, directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris.War Horse will be presented by Lincoln Center Theater and the National Theatre of Great Britain in association with Bob Boyett.
Seth Numrich, who is currently playing Lorenzo in the Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice, has won the central role of Albert in War Horse. At the outbreak of World War I, Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, embarks on a mission to find him and bring him home.
Also featured in the cast will be Stephen James Anthony, Zach Appelman, Alyssa Breshnahan, Richard Crawford, Sanjit de Silva, Matt Doyle, Austin Durant, Joby Earle, Joel Reuben Ganz, Ariel Heller, Peter Hermann, Alex Hoeffler, Brian Lee Huynh, Jeslyn Kelly, Ian Lassiter, Tom Lee, Jonathan Christopher MacMillan, Jonathan David Martin, Boris Mc Giver, Prentice Onayemi, Bhavesh Patel, David Pegram, Katy Pfaffl, Stephen Plunkett, Leenya Rideout, Liam Robinson, Jude Sandy, Hannah Sloat, T. Ryder Smith, Zach Villa, Elliot Villar, Cat Walleck, Enrico D. Wey and Madeline Yen.
War Horse premiered at the National Theatre in November 2007. After two sold-out runs, the play London’s West End in March 2009, where it continues to play to capacity houses at the New London Theatre. The American premiere reunites the London design team, with scenic design by Rae Smith, puppetry by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring, lighting by Paule Constable, direction of movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick, video by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer, music by Adrian Sutton, songs by John Tams and sound design by Christopher Shutt.