Stock Market Crash and Investment Scandal Hits Broadway by Storm and No Man and Boy Can Stop It. Man and Boy is a Theatre Chat top pick for the most manipulative play on Broadway. Some businessmen and Stockbrokers are more reckless than psychopaths, or is there a difference in Man and Boy?
Not even the operator of the largest and recent Ponzi scheme in history, Bernard Madoff‘s $65 billion story, could top this crash on Wall Street. Man and Boy hits close to home with issues as threatening mergers and front-page headlines of “Stock Market Crash” are just a few of the subject matters in Man and Boy now showing at Roundabout Theatre Company. Man and Boy now on Broadway stars three-time Tony Award® winner Frank Langella. Frank’s brilliant and shocking performance as the manipulative father that would stop short of nothing, even by using his own son as a pawn by passing Basil off as his gay hustler, to the gay owner of his threatening merging company.
In the height of the Great Depression with breaking news, bold headlines on the front pages with authorities on the trail of this conman, the wealthiest man in the world Frank Langella (Gregor Antonescu’s) company is dangerously close to crumbling. Gregor Antonescu has one last power play and holds a secret meeting in his estranged son’s Greenwich Village apartment. Using it as base camp to scam a fellow businessman and secure his monies and fake company by his never ending scams. The corrupt father would use his only son with no remorse on this company-saving deal, even convencing everyone in his path, including his wife the Countess, that his own son had died. This ruthless father escapes the wolves and spits up “Beastly Lawyers” like Beestin, and devastates his loyal devoted son (Basil). Will the reunion of father and son help them reconcile? The ending will surprise any theatre goer. “Don’t miss this gripping story about family, success and what we’re willing to sacrifice for both.”
Man and Boy original production stared Charles Boyer and ran for 54 performances on it’s first run which opened on November 12, 1963 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The current production stars Tony Award, Obie, Drama Desk, multi-ward winner Frank Langella as the ruthless (Gregor Antonescu), his son Adam Driver (Basil Anthony), his wife Francesca Faridany (Countess Antonescu), Brian Hutchinson (David Beeston), Virginia Kull (Carol Penn), Zach Grenier (Mark Herries), Michael Siberry (Sven Johnson), John Hickok (Sven Johnson and Mark Herries – Understudy, Vayu O’Donnel (Basil Anthony and David Beeston- Understudy) and Allison Jean White (Carol Penn and Countess Antonescu – Understudy).
Roundabout Theatre Company’s exciting new production of Terence Rattigan’s masterpiece Man and Boy is directed by Maria Aitken (The 39 Steps). Theater Chat says “Man and Boy is the hottest play on Broadway.” Electrifying and provacative scenes and powerful performances will leave audience members with an ending that will surprise you more than this devastating father’s actions taken to manipulate his success in a somewhat like current economy. Dealing with todays economic issues, Man and Boy hits close to home.
The talented production team includes: Playwright Terrence Rattigan, Director Maria Aitken, Set Designer Derek McLane, Costumes Martin Pakledinaz, Lighting Desinger Kevin Adams, Original Music and Sound Design by John Gromada, Dialect Coach Stephen Gabis Makeup Designer Joe Dulude II, Hair and Wig Designer Paul Huntley, Production Prop Coordinator Peter Sarafin, Production Stage Manager Nevin Hedley, Stage Manager Bryce McDonald, Casting Jim Carnahan, Casting Kate Boka, CSA, Production Management Aurora Productions, Founding Director Gene Feist and produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company.
Frank Langella gives a performance of a lifetime and is remembered for his award winning Tony Awards for Fortune’s Fool, Seascape and Frost/Nixon. For tickets, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org/broadway/manandboy.
by Richard Cameron of Theatre Chat. Cameron’s articles have featured conversations with Tony Award winning Producer Stewart Lane, Emmy Award winning Casting Director Jeff Greenberg, multiple Broadway and TV stars and creative teams bringing arts lovers together around the world for the largest social media arts movement. Tag You’re it! Share with your communities.