Roundabout’s ‘The Big Knife’ Announces Opening Night Date

Roundabout Theatre Company has announced the opening date for the new Broadway production of The Big Knife by Clifford Odets, starring Emmy® Award winner and Tony Award® nominee Bobby Cannavale and directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes.

The Big Knife will begin previews on March 22, 2013 and open officially on April 16, 2013 at the American Airlines Theatre. This will be a limited engagement through June 2, 2013.

The full cast & design team will be announced soon.

The Big Knife Story

In the golden age of Hollywood cinema, actors may have all the glory, but studio execs have all the power. The Hoff-Federated studio has had its most successful star, Charlie Castle, over a barrel ever since it helped cover up a mistake that could have ended his career. When a woman with insider knowledge threatens to come forward, the studio heads will stop at nothing to protect Charlie’s secret… but how far is he willing to go before he quits the movie business for good? Set in a glossy world of rumor mills and rocky friendships, Clifford Odets’ The Big Knife is a riveting, bitingly funny look at how challenging it can be to stay true to yourself—when everyone expects you to play a part.

Production Bios

Clifford Odets (Playwright). 1906-1963. In 1931, Odets began his career as an actor with The Group Theater, a New York company in which he was a founding member. He soon turned to writing, and his first play for the Group, Waiting for Lefty (1935), almost immediately launched him as the most celebrated American playwright of the 1930’s. Lefty, as well as four other major Broadway productions in that decade, introduced theater audiences to subject matter and language that had never before been heard on the American stage. Odets’ work, spanning the three decades preceding his death in 1963, deeply influenced generations of American playwrights to follow. Among Odets’ other best-known plays are Awake and Sing, Paradise Lost, Golden Boy, Rocket to the Moon, Clash by Night, The Big Knife, The Country Girl and The Flowering Peach. Screenplay credits include The General Died at Dawn, None but the Lonely Heart, Humoresque, The Sweet Smell of Success, and Story on Page One. Film directing credits include None but the Lonely Heart and Story on Page One. Odets also directed the New York premieres of The Country Girl (1950) and The Flowering Peach (1954).

Doug Hughes (Director) has directed the Roundabout productions of Death Takes A Holiday, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, A Man For All Season, A Touch of the Poet and A Naked Girl on the Appian Way. He is currently in Dublin rehearsing Glengarry Glen Ross at the celebrated Gate Theatre. Hughes’ most recent New York productions include Born Yesterday on Broadway at the Cort Theater and The Whipping Man off-Broadway at MTC’s Stage One. He serves as the Resident Director of Roundabout Theatre and has been awarded Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic’s Circle, Lucille Lortel and Callaway Awards for his productions.

Cast Bios

Bobby Cannavale (Charlie Castle) made his Broadway debut in Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award®. He is currently appearing on Broadway in Glengarry Glen Ross and was most recently seen in The Motherfucker With The Hat (Tony Award® nomination; Drama Desk Award) and received rave reviews in the 2005 Off-Broadway revival of Hurlyburly. Bobby is a member of the Labyrinth Theater Company. On television Cannavale won an Emmy Award® for his performance as Will’s boyfriend on NBC’s “Will & Grace.” Television appearances include HBO’s “Six Feet Under”,“Cupid” and “Nurse Jackie” (Emmy Nomination). Cannavale also appeared in this season of “Boardwalk Empire”. Film credits include The Station Agent, (Audience Award Sundance Film Festival; SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture;) The Other Guys, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Diminished Capacity, Fast Food Nation, The Night Listener and most recently, Win Win. Upcoming films include Parker, Lovelace and Woody Allen’s as yet untitled summer project.

Chaplin Performance Schedule

The Big Knife will be playing at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street) on Broadway.

Weekly performance schedule: Tuesdays at 8:00pm, Wednesdays at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, Thursdays at 8:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:00pm.

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