Frost/Nixon Starring Stacy Keach Comes to SA
Playing at the Majestic Theatre April 7th-12th
Celebrated stage and screen actor Stacy Keach takes on the role of President Richard Nixon and is joined by acclaimed British actor Alan Cox as David Frost. Artistic Director of the Donmar, Michael Grandage, who directed the original London and Broadway productions, directs the tour with associate director Seth Sklar-Heyn.
How was it that a famous British talk-show host with a playboy reputation was the one to elicit the apology the world was waiting to hear from former U.S. president Richard Nixon? This fast-paced new play shows the determination, conviction and lengths that these two men, and their closest confidantes, went to as they took the stage in one of the most hard-fought political interviews in history.
Frost/Nixon debuted in a sold-out run at London’s Donmar Warehouse before transferring to the West End, winning a 2006 Evening Standard Award. The show opened on Broadway in April 2007, and played a limited five-month engagement where it garnered Tony nominations for Best Play and Best Direction.
Critics in London and New York raved about the production. “A victory! Frost/Nixon is a nail-biting thriller with the zing of a comedy,” The New York Times enthused. The New York Post exclaimed that it’s “A prize fight you watch with the kind of fascinated delight rare in the theater.” And The Philadelphia Inquirer said “Morgan’s arresting play captures the moment, the era – and the audience. By aiming its stage lights on the two men, Frost/Nixon illuminates history. In the process, we are brighter.”
Frost/Nixon is Peter Morgan’s first stage play and was developed with Matthew Byam Shaw. He received the Best Screenplay Award at the 2006 Venice Film Festival for The Queen starring Helen Mirren and Michael Sheen. The Queen also earned Morgan Golden Globe, New York Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics and British Independent Film Awards and an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay. His other film work includes The Last King of Scotland, which earned Morgan a British Independent Film Award nomination. Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence, and The Other Boleyn Girl with Scarlett Johansson. His film Longford is currently in rotation on HBO.
Designs for Frost/Nixon are by Christopher Oram, with lighting by Neil Austin, composition and sound designs by Adam Cork and video design is by Jon Driscoll.
The Donmar Warehouse is one of the UK’s leading producing theatres, a subsidized (not-for-profit) company located in London’s Covent Garden. Under the artistic directorship of Michael Grandage the theatre has garnered critical acclaim at home and abroad. The theatre produces at least 6 productions a year and a touring program. Donmar generated productions have received 30 Olivier Awards, 15 Critics’ Circle Awards, 15 Evening Standard Awards, and 13 Tony Awards from 9 Broadway productions.
Donmar generated work in New York includes Cabaret on Broadway, directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall (1998); Electra starring Zoë Wanamaker at the McCarter Theatre and later on Broadway (1998; Tony Award nomination: Best Play); The Blue Room with Nicole Kidman and Iain Glen (1998); the multi award-winning The Real Thing (Tony Award Best Play Revival) directed by David Leveaux in 2000; True West directed by Matthew Warchus; The Public Theater and Donmar collaboration of Take Me Out (winner of the Tony Award for Best New Play) (2002/2003); Twelfth Night/Uncle Vanya at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (2003); and Nine (2003). The Donmar Warehouse production of Mary Stuart featuring Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter opens on Broadway in the Spring of 2009.
Frost/Nixon is produced by Arielle Tepper Madover, Independent Presenters Network (IPN), Broadway Across America, Fox Theatricals, Mary Lu Roffe, LTD and The Donmar Warehouse.
Frost/Nixon will play the Majestic Theatre Tuesday April 7 through Sunday, April 12. The performance schedule will be as follows: Tuesday-Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Tickets for Frost/Nixon start at $15.75 and go on sale Friday, Feb.27 at the Majestic Box Office and other Ticketmaster outlets or through charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. Group discounts for 20 or more are available by calling Sherrie Villani at (210) 226-5967.
Broadway Across America: Owned and operated by British theatre producer John Gore (CEO) and entertainment industry veteran Thomas B. McGrath (Chairman), Broadway Across America presents first-class touring Broadway musicals and plays, family productions and other live events throughout a network of 43 North American cities. Broadway Across America is also dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse live theatre for productions on Broadway, across America and throughout the world. Broadway Across America most recently produced Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS on Broadway, while current and upcoming productions include WEST SIDE STORY, BLITHE SPIRIT, MINSKY’S, and the DeafWest production of PIPPIN. Broadway tours include DORA THE EXPLORER, FROST/NIXON, SPAMALOT, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. For more information or to purchase tickets through an authorized agent go to BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.