Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Broadway Bonanza: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell Will Star in New Production of David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” in March 2020


The announcements are starting to come in for Tony Award-aimed shows next spring on Broadway.

Now we learn that Laurence Fishburne and Sam Rockwell will appear in David Mamet’s great play, “American Buffalo” next March. Neil Pepe is directing. Jeffrey Richards, Steve Traxler, and Stephanie P. McClelland are producers.

Whenever I think of “American Buffalo” I think of Al Pacino, so this is a fresh take and a very exciting one. Fishburne has a Tony and an Emmy. Rockwell has an Oscar and a Golden Globe award.

This has to be better than the ill-fated version of “American Buffalo” from 2008 with Cedric the Entertainer, John Leguizamo, and Haley Joel Osment. That one played for a week. (What were they thinking?)

Pacino headlined the 1983 version, with 100 performances in a limited run. The original Buffalo starred Robert Duvall, John Savage, and Kenneth McMillan in 1977. The 1996 movie starred Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Franz.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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