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FROST/NIXON
at Jacobs Theatre, NY

MORE THAN JUST A CHAT
By David Lefkowitz
Published April 19 2007

  Michael Sheen & Frank Langella

From Stuff Happens to Bush Wars, our current president has been ubiquitous on New York stages, but there's still room for Dick Nixon to kick around some more. Earlier this season, off-Broadway's MCC Theater revived Russell Lees' Nixon's Nixon, a two-hander about Nixon's last conversation with Henry Kissinger before tendering his resignation. Now Broadway will see Frost/Nixon, a look at the ex-President's 1977 broadcast chat with British entertainment icon, David Frost.

Though in recent years, Frost has sometimes been taken to task for being a gushy and sycophantic interviewer, he was more truculent and probing decades ago, and his ability to get Nixon to sit for a lengthy interview was seen as a major coup. As the FrostNixononBroadway.com website puts it, the play investigates how Frost tried to "elicit the apology that the rest of the world was waiting to hear..."

Michael Sheen (Frost) and Frank Langella(Nixon), who starred in the acclaimed Donmar Warehouse premiere, repeat their duties on Broadway, as will director Michael Grandage. The UK staging won London's Evening Standard Award and was nominated for an Olivier prize as well. Author Peter Morgan, whose first play this is, was Oscar nominated for penning the screenplay for The Queen (which gave Helen Mirren an Academy Award win).

Produced by Matthew Byam Shaw, Arielle Tepper Madover, Robert Fox and Act Productions, Frost/Nixon began previews March 13 and opens Sunday, April 22 at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theater. Also in the cast are Remy Auberjonois, Shira Gregory, Corey Johnson, Stephen Kunken, Stephen Rowe, Triney Sandoval , Armand Schultz, Sonya Waiger, Roxanna Hope, Anthony Hagopian, Dennis Cox and Bob Ari

Describing their respective roles for Vogue magazine, Langella noted that Nixon was "so imploded, so internal, so withheld - so untheatrical. And I tend to be, well, very theatrical." Sheen counters that Frost had "everything at stake, personally, professionally and financially, but he sails through the play as if he hasn't got a care in the world - until he's pushed to the edge."

 


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