It’s Opening Night! After three weeks of successful previews, lots of buzz from theater-goers on Twitter, and interviews and production stills, tonight this latest revival of Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece has its official premiere at the American Airlines Theatre in New York City.
We wish Gabriel Byrne and his fellow thespians all the applause, countless curtain calls, and no cell phones in the audience! Break a leg, everyone!
The Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Long Day’s Journey Into Night, produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Ryan Murphy, officially opens April 27 at 6 PM following previews that began April 3 at the American Airlines Theatre.
Directed by Jonathan Kent, the production is part of Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season.
Oscar and Emmy winner Jessica Lange (American Horror Story) stars as Mary Tyrone, alongside Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment) as James Tyrone, Tony winner John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom) as Edmund, Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) as Jim Tyrone Jr., and Colby Minifie (Punk Rock) as Cathleen.
Theatermania has also provided clips from the play! Thank you! martini star
Here is Gabriel Byrne:
And here are highlights from the play provided by BroadwayWorld.com:
The Tyrones are back on Broadway! The Jonathan Kent-helmed revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night opens officially at the American Airlines Theatre on April 27.
To celebrate the occasion, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson created this portrait of the whole clan: Oscar winner Jessica Lange as matriarch Mary Tyrone, Gabriel Byrne as her husband James, Michael Shannon as Jamie, John Gallagher Jr. as Edmund and Colby Minifie as their servant Cathleen.
Broadway.com wishes the cast of Long Day’s Journey Into Night a happy opening. We’d say celebrate with a drink, but with all due respect, we think you’ve had enough (on stage).
Check the link above to see Mr. Robertson’s artwork!
The Irish Times: ‘The fact that I’m Irish’: Eugene O’Neill, US playwright and Irish revolutionary
President Michael D Higgins, Gabriel Byrne and Shivaun O’Casey discuss Eugene O’Neill with his biographer Robert Dowling, who traces the writer’s pride in his Irish ancestry
In this article by Robert M. Dowling, O’Neill’s biographer, he reminisces about an encounter with Gabriel Byrne:
Not long ago, on the 123rd anniversary of O’Neill’s birth in 1888, I attended the Irish American Writers and Artists festivities for their annual Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award, a short walk from where the playwright was born in what is now Times Square. The award is conferred upon the “writer, actor, musician or other artist” who advances the stature of Irish-American culture. (That year’s recipients were Ciarán O’Reilly and Charlotte Moore, co-founders of Off-Broadway’s Irish Repertory Theatre.) At the coat check, I found myself wedged in line behind the Irish star actor and confirmed O’Neill virtuoso, Gabriel Byrne.
I had attended two of Byrne’s Broadway triumphs, O’Neill’s A Touch of the Poet and A Moon for the Misbegotten, and mentioned that his performance in A Touch of the Poet instantly placed that work, for me, at the top of O’Neill’s more than 50 published plays.
I asked what was next on his bucket list, now that he’d arisen as one of the playwright’s truly great male leads. Byrne responded without hesitation: “James Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” the character closely based on O’Neill’s father, the beloved Irish-American matinee idol James O’Neill.
Byrne is now fulfilling this long-held desire. This month in the Roundabout Theatre’s revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, he’ll be playing the pater familias among a superbly cast ensemble, with Jessica Lange as Mary (based on O’Neill’s morphine-addicted mother), Michael Shannon as Jamie (his ne’er-do-well older brother), and John Gallagher Jr as Edmund (the playwright himself).
Gabriel Byrne in A Touch of the Poet (2005) and Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2016)
For each production, Education at Roundabout creates an issue of UPSTAGE, a guide designed to enhance the theatre going experience with interviews with the actors, designers and directors from the production as well as contextual information about the play itself and activities for use by educators.
There is no interview with Gabriel Byrne in this guide, but it is a wealth of information about the playwright, the play itself, and this production, including an interview with the director, Jonathan Kent, detailed descriptions of the characters, information about the design and the costumes, and an interview with actor John Gallagher, Jr. Lots of pictures as well.
Download the guide and find out more about this masterpiece of American theater!
Finally, Colby Minifie plays the Tyrone’s maid, Cathleen. She shared this recently on Instagram:
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Stay tuned for reviews and reactions to the premiere!
Many thanks to Jessica Lange Daily for images and to Theatermania for the video!