1. Daniel Craig's A Steady Rain opens today on Broadway

    By Devin Zydel on 2009-09-29

    A Steady Rain, the Keith Huff play starring Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman, opens today at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in Manhattan.

    The play, which had been in previews for the majority of September, tells of two seasoned cops whose lifelong friendship is severely tested when a seemingly routine domestic disturbance call results in the death of a young boy. When the horrific truth of the situation is revealed, one of the two must take the blame for the fatal mistake.

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    Daniel Craig

    Daniel Craig

    Tickets are now on sale to the general public for the Broadway production of Keith Huff’s critically acclaimed two-character play A Steady Rain, starring Daniel Craig (Broadway debut) and Hugh Jackman.

    Directed by Tony Award nominee John Crowley, A Steady Rain opens at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on 29 Sep 2009, following previews from 10 Sep, for a strictly limited 12 week engagement through to 6 Dec 2009.

    A Steady Rain is a new American play that tells the story of two Chicago cops (Denny & Joey), who are lifelong friends and their differing accounts of a few harrowing days that changed their lives forever.

    The drama was first produced in 2006 at New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater. It had its professional world premiere in 2007 at Chicago Dramatists and was remounted in Feb 2008 at Chicago’s Royal George Theatre winning Jefferson Awards for Best New Work and Best Production. That production starred Randy Steinmeyer (Denny) and Peter DeFaria (Joey), and was directed by Russ Tutterow.

    It opened in Chicago to critical acclaim “riveting show is an exceptionally rich, gritty and emotional drama.” (Chicago Tribune); “Huff provides fiery, superbly rendered, often deeply poetic speeches, enough mood shifts, enough emotional cataclysms and action-packed storytelling to keep this hallucinatory roller-coaster ride in motion.” (Chicago Sun-Times); “crackerjack two-hander is like a snowball that builds to an avalanche with genuine dramatic power and a sense of true tragedy.” (Variety).

    Huff’s recent productions include Pursued by Happiness at Steppenwolf Theater, Gray City at American Repertory Theater, and The Bird and Mr. Banks, which just finished an acclaimed 4-month run at The Road Theater in Los Angeles featuring Sam Anderson (LOST). Huff’s recently completed works include The Detective’s Wife and Tell Us of the Night, which round out a trilogy of Chicago cop plays that began with A Steady Rain.

    A Steady Rain is produced on Broadway by Frederick Zollo, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Raymond L. Gaspard, Frank Gero, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Jeffrey Sine, Michael Rose and Robert Cole.

    Set and costume design are by two-time Tony Award winner Scott Pask, with lighting design by two-time Tony Award nominee Hugh Vanstone and original music and sound design by Mark Bennett.

    Daniel Craig (Joey). British Actor Daniel Craig’s theatre credits include leading roles in Hurlyburly with the Peter Hall Company at the Old Vic, Angels in America at The National Theatre, and A Number at the Royal Court Theatre. In 2006 Craig became the sixth ‘James Bond’ in Casino Royale, for which he received a BAFTA Award nomination (Best Actor) and the film became the highest grossing in the history of the 007 franchise. 2008 saw Daniel’s second outing as ‘James Bond’ in Quantum of Solace directed by Marc Forster, which became the highest grossing of the 22 films in the Bond franchise in America and Canada. Craig has recently finished making Steven Spielberg’s new film The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.

    Hugh Jackman (Denny). Australian native Hugh Jackman won a 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a musical when he made his Broadway debut as the 1970s singer-songwriter ‘Peter Allen’ in The Boy From Oz. Previous theater credits include Carousel at Carnegie Hall, Oklahoma! at the National Theater in London (Olivier Award nomination), Sunset Boulevard (MO Award – Australia’s Tony Award) and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (MO Award nomination).

    Jackman made his first major U.S. film appearance as Wolverine in the first installment of the X-Men franchise, a role he reprised in the enormously successful X2 and 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, and most recently in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In late 2008, Jackman appeared in 20th Century Fox’s romantic action-adventure epic Australia directed by Baz Luhrmann.

    John Crowley (Director). An award-winning theater director in his native Ireland, John Crowley has also served as associate director for London’s Donmar Warehouse. He received a 2005 Tony nomination for his work on The Pillowman. His recent work includes the National Theatre’s original production of The Pillowman, On an Average Day and Macbeth in the West End and The Turn of the Screw for Welsh National Opera. Productions at the Donmar Warehouse include Tales From Hollywood, Juno and the Paycock, The Maids, How I Learned to Drive and Into the Woods. For the National: Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards. For the RSC: Shadows. Crowley won a BAFTA award for Best Director for his film Boy A.

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