Two-time Tony Award nominee Bobby Cannavale is set to lead the cast of the first Broadway revival of Clifford Odets’ The Big Knife, which will run for a limited engagement April to June during 2013 at the American Airlines Theatre.
Cannavale, nominated for a Tony Award in 2008 for Mauritius and again in 2011 for The Motherf—– with the Hat, will star as Charlie Castle, a film star in the golden age of Hollywood who clashes with a studio executive over a potentially career-ending secret. The full cast and creative team for the Doug Hughes-directed production has not yet been announced.
“The Big Knife is well overdue for a revival — it’s written by one of our greatest American playwrights with an array of great roles for actors to sink their teeth into,” said Todd Haimes, artistic director for Roundabout Theatre Company, which will produce the play. “I’m a huge fan of Bobby Cannavale, and I think he’s one of those modern actors who you can really imagine fitting right into the 1940s. There’s something wonderfully old-school about him, and I’m so happy that we’ll get to see Bobby take on a great role like Charlie Castle.”
The Big Knife premiered on Broadway in 1949 before a film adaptation starring Jack Palance and Ida Lupino was released in 1955.