The starry revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men has recouped its $3.8 million capitalization on Broadway. Headlined by James Franco, Chris O’Dowd (who received a Tony nod for his performance), Leighton Meester and Jim Norton, the show began previews on March 19 and officially opened on April 16. The production will play a limited engagement through July 27 at the Longacre Theatre.
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, Of Mice and Men tells the story of 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 continuing to strive for the American dream. This is the first time the play has been on Broadway in 40 years.
Additional cast members include Ron Cephas Jones, Alex Morf, Joel Marsh Garland, James McMenamin, Jim Ortlieb, Jim Parrack, Michael Dempsey, Kevin Jackson, Erica Lutz and Stephen Payne.