George and Lennie have found a home on Broadway! A new revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, starring Oscar nominee James Franco and Chris O'Dowd, will begin performances March 19, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre. Directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County), the production will open officially on April 16 and play a limited engagement through July 27. Additional casting and creative team members will be announced shortly.
Adapted from Steinbeck's classic American novel of the same name, Of Mice and Men is set in California during the Great Depression, and follows two migrant workers George (Franco), a sharp but uneducated, short-tempered man, and Lennie (O'Dowd), a large but simple-minded man. Together they hope to one day acquire their own piece of land. But when Lennie stirs up trouble on the job, George must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards his version of the American dream.
Of Mice and Men first played Broadway at the Music Box Theatre in 1937, starring Wallace Ford and Broderick Crawford as George and Lennie. The play was revived in 1974 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, starring James Earl Jones and Kevin Conway.