F. Murray Abraham already has an Oscar for playing a famed composer, and now the acclaimed actor is set to take on another music great. Abraham has joined the cast of Terrence McNally's Golden Age, which is set to begin previews on November 15. Abraham will play renowned Italian composer Rossini, replacing Richard Easton, who has left the show for personal reasons. Opening night for the opera-themed show is set for December 4 at Manhattan Theatre Club's New York City Center -- Stage I.
Directed by Walter Bobbie, Golden Age takes place in Paris on the opening night of Bellini's new opera I Puritani. The composer is determined to win the adulation of not only his audience, but his colleagues and rivals as well. When the curtain falls, will a thunderous ovation cement his prominence? Or has Bellini unwittingly composed his own swan song? The cast of Golden Age also includes Bebe Neuwirth, Lorenzo Pisoni, Lee Pace and Eddie Kaye Thomas.
Abraham has appeared on Broadway in Mauritius, Triumph of Love, A Month in the Country, Angels in America: Perestroika and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, MacBeth, Legend and The Ritz. He won the 1985 Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of classical composer Salieri in Amadeus.