Freeman, McDormand and Gallagher to Star in Country Girl
By Andrew Gans
Academy Award winners Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand as well as stage and screen star Peter Gallagher will head the cast of the Broadway revival of The Country Girl, which will be directed by Mike Nichols.
The revival of the Clifford Odets drama, according to a press statement, will open in April 2008 at a Shubert Theatre to be announced.
Ostar Enterprises will produce the Broadway run of the play, a backstage drama about an alcoholic actor attempting a comeback. Freeman will star as the down-on-his-luck performer with McDormand as his wife and Gallagher as a hotshot director.
Tony and Olivier winner Tim Hatley will design the sets and costumes.
The Country Girl bowed on Broadway in November 1950 at the Lyceum Theatre. The original cast featured Paul Kelly as Frank Elgin with Uta Hagen as Georgie Elgin. Hagen won a Tony Award for her performance; Boris Aronson's scenic design was also honored with a Tony.
Morgan Freeman earned a Tony nomination and a Drama Desk Award for his work in The Mighty Gents and has also appeared on Broadway in Hello, Dolly!; The Dozens; Purlie; and The Gospel at Colonus. Freeman won the Academy Award for his performance in "Million Dollar Baby" and was nominated for his roles in "The Shawshank Redemption," "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Street Smart."
Frances McDormand was Tony and Drama Desk-nominated for her work in the 1988 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, and also appeared on Broadway in Awake and Sing!. McDormand won her Oscar for her performance in "Fargo" and was nominated for her roles in "North Country," "Almost Famous" and "Mississippi Burning."
Peter Gallagher received a Tony nomination for his performance in the 1986 revival of Long Day's Journey Into Night. His other Broadway credits include Noises Off, Guys and Dolls, The Real Thing, The Corn Is Green, A Doll's Life and Grease.
Mike Nichols received an Academy Award for Best Director for the 1968 classic "The Graduate." He was also Oscar-nominated for Best Director for his work on "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "Silkwood" and "Working Girl." On Broadway, Nichols received Tony Awards for directing Monty Python's Spamalot, The Real Thing, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Plaza Suite, Barefoot in the Park and Luv and The Odd Couple.