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Music Box Theatre

249 West 45th Street

3 Hours with one 10 Minute Intermission

April 21, 2011(Closing August 21, 2011)

Broadway Play - Drama

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Wed & Sat 2pm
Sun 3pm

Tue - Thu - Fri 7pm
Wed & Sat 8pm

The new Jerusalem Broadway play written by Jez Butterworth is getting some buzz around New York. The play enjoyed a rousing run at London's Royal Court, which soon transferred into a successful run on the West End. The work has little to do with Zionism as the title may hint (the play's title comes from a William Blake poem), but rather explores the national identity of England or perhaps crisis is a better term. The London performances have garnered critical acclaim and gained a wide audience. Producers are betting that New York City will provide a continuation of the success this memorizing play has captured abroad.

Mark Rylance (La Bete) reprises his London role as “Rooster Johnny Byron." Johnny carries a "tough guy" appearance and mischievous attitude. He lives within a small immobile trailer on a piece of land in the Wiltshire village of Flintock. His estate attracts a flock of locals, including teenagers looking for all night raves, parties, drugs and alcohol. Perhaps those who flock to the trailer is in search of much more. The ex stunt man (dare devil) tells many great stories and tall tales to those who visit and come to represent the spirit of defiance, especially against law and progress. The play takes place on St George’s Day (seemingly for some literary interpretations) with the local council working to evict Johnny from the land on the part of a near housing community by days end. Meanwhile Johnny's son is hoping to spend time with his father at the town fair.

The new Jerusalem Broadway play has been well received except for one negative review. At the top of every positive critic's response is the powerful performance by Mr. Rylance certainly is worthy of a Tony Award ( and likely will get it). Rylance already received the Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance at West End's Apollo Theatre. The cast also includes Mackenzie Crook as Ginger, John Gallagher, Jr. as Lee, Max Baker as Wesley, Geraldine Hughes as Dawn and Alan David as the Professor. Ian Rickson directs the talented cast and does a wonderful job with the sensitive, sometimes controversial material.

This high-powered and entertaining Jerusalem Broadway play runs for three hours and includes a ten minute intermission. The play is intended for mature adults and certainly is not appropriate for young children and families. The play is powerful, intriguing and well crafted. The subject matter forces the viewer to explore their own judgements. Johnny Byron is not a likable character, in fact, there are many traits to dislike, but yet he carries a sort of magnetic appeal. "Jerusalem" is currently playing a limited engagement at the Music Box Theater. The production is scheduled for final curtain on August 21, 2011. Tickets are available and you can view our great selection of seats and prices for Jerusalem tickets online by clicking the link.

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