The full cast and creative team has been announced for Of Mice and Men on Broadway, starring the previously reported James Franco and Chris O’Dowd. Ron Cephas Jones, Alex Morf, Joel Marsh Garland, James McMenamin and Jim Ortlieb will all board the new mounting of the John Steinbeck classic. The show begins performances March 19 at the Longacre Theatre; opening night is set for April 16.
Jones (The Motherfucker with the Hat) will star as Crooks, Morf (The Good Wife) as Curley, Garland (Orange Is The New Black) as Carlson, McMenamin (The Good Wife) as Whit and Ortlieb (Guys and Dolls) as The Boss. The cast also includes the prior reported Leighton Meester, Tony winner Jim Norton and Jim Parrack.
The production will feature scenic design by Tony winner Todd Rosenthal, costume design by Emmy winner Suttirat Larlarb, lighting design by Tony nominee Japhy Weideman and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen.
Adapted from Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men tells the story of two migrant workers: the sharp but uneducated and short-tempered George (Franco) 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 and continuing to strive for the American dream.
Of Mice and Men, directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro, will play a limited Broadway engagement through July 27.