Man and Boy Broadway
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Man and Boy Broadway returns for its first revival on the big stage! The play was written by the popular dramatists Terence Rattigan and debuted in 1963 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York. The production also was staged in London at The Queen's Theatre the same year. Though the work had not become a huge success and was never popular among critics the 2005 reworking at the Duchess Theatre in London, which starred David Suchet in the lead as Gregor Antonescu brought great acclaim. The Roundabout Theatre Company has decided to revisit Rattigan's work in honor of the 100th anniversary of the English playwright's birth.
Terence Rattigan is one of England's most celebrated 20th century dramatists. Born on June 10, 1911 in South Kensington, his works cover upper-middle class topics and themes, including such works as The Winslow Boy in 1946 and Separate Tables in 1954 as well as many others. Rattigan's rise to success as a playwright occurred quickly with his 1936 work of "French Without Tears." He followed up his earliest work with a more serious interpretation with " After the Dance" in 1939, which was cut short due to the war. Rattigan has collaborated with Anthony Maurice the satire about Nazi Germany named "Follow My Leader" which was fitting for the time, but a license was rejected by the Lord Chamberlain for possible offending of a foreign country. "Follow My Leader" was later produced and performed on stage in 1940.
During the war era, the young playwright served the Royal Air Force as a tail gunner. The experiences lead to " Flare Path," which turned into the screenplay "The Way to the Stars" in 1945. Soon after the war Rattigan perfected his arts in the genre' of comedy and drama, which lead to his most popular works with The Winslow Boy (1946), The Browning Version (1948), The Deep Blue Sea (1952), and Separate Tables (1954).
Rattigan was diagnosed with leukemia in 1962 and could recover two years later. The disease returned in 1968. He grew a strong dislike to the social movements during the 19601960' within London and moved to Bermuda. Rattigan could distinguish himself as an extraordinary screenwriter who funded his moving abroad. At one period Rattigan was the highest paid screenwriter with such hits as "The V.I.Ps " and "The Yellow Rolls-Royce." He became the fourth playwright knighted in the 20th century in the Queen's Birthday Honours of June 1971 for services to the theatre. Rattigan died in Hamilton, Bermuda from bone cancer in 1977 at the age of 66.
Terence Rattigan today is considered one of the worlds greatest playwrights in the history of theater. The Man and Boy Broadway revival are a dedication and celebration of Rattigan's work to celebrate his 100th anniversary of his birth. Roundabout Theatre Company has produced the staging for the American Airlines Theatre which will star Tony Award-winning actor Frank Langella as Gregor Antonescu. Man and Boy Broadway are an intriguing look into the life of a shrewd and cutthroat businessman and the effects his greed and ambitions have on his son and family. A fitting theme for today's socio and economic environment and sure to be a big hit this fall!
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