Feb 5 2013

 

 

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Last July actor Alan Cumming gave a performance of Macbeth that put him among the Shakespeare legends. In the production, he played every single role in the play. The night was an unforgettable evening of theater.

For those of you who missed it at the Lincoln Center, you can now have a bright smile since the show is coming to Broadway! The producers are bringing Alan Cumming's Macbeth to Broadway for just 73 performances. Directed by Tony Award winning director John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg, the show will be open at the Barrymore Theater (243 West 47th Street) on April 7th.

People should get their tickets early since it is likely to be sold out.

Here is an excerpt of a review that I wrote of the production at Lincoln Center last year:

"When you reflect on the great Shakespeare performances of all time you immediately mention Sir Lawerence Olivier's "Hamlet", Sir Ian McKellen's "Richard III" and Sir Kenneth Branagh's stirring performance as "Henry V". Now these lions of stage and screen have to make room because another name has been added next to these notable gentleman. Alan Cumming's performance of "Macbeth" at the Lincoln Center Festival has to go down as an extraordinary moment in theater history that will remembered long after this production ends.

For an hour and forty-five minutes the audience sat in stunned silence riveted to the stage as Cumming, committed to a mental institution, unfolds before our eyes every character in the play. The madness that emulates from Cumming in the mental ward as he performs "Macbeth" is as profound as Shakespeare's own words. In the sparse room, the actor used every simple prop in his quest to bring the play alive. On stage, the actor embraces an apple, a doll, his bed or stark chairs that become vital parts of the production. He breathes life into each of them.

He even plays homage to the mental institution with scenes in the tub that brings the "Marat/Sade" as an invited guest to the proceeding. Disappearing into the water of the bath, legs dangling over the side reminds us of the famous painting "Death of the Marat/Sade". Cumming's madness and the mental institution makes us want to run to the stage and save this poor soul.

The most important part of the evening was the actor's body. Every inch of his body, every reflection of his voice and every conceivable gesture was used in the performance in a massive display of energy rarely seen on stage let alone owned by one person. With no intermission, Cumming never once sought relief from the intensity and power of Shakespeare's work. In fact, the last ten minutes of the show was the most remarkable theater that I have experienced in my long life. This was a masterful performance that is already legendary."

Read the entire review here....