Sunday, May 26, 2024

Broadway: Acclaimed Production of “Death of a Salesman” Starring Wendell Pierce Coming in Fall


This is exciting news.

This fall Broadway will get to see the Olivier winning West End production of “Death of a Salesman” starring Wendell Pierce as Willy Loman.

This mostly Black production co-stars Sharon D. Clarke as Willy’s wife, Linda. and is directed by Miranda Cromwell.

New to the New York effort is the famed Andre De Shields as Willy Loman’s brother, Ben, and Khris Davis, as Willy and Linda’s perpetual loser of a son, Biff.

Written by Arthur Miller, “Death of A Salesman” is the great American play and the most American play. In London, this production won many awards. That we’re getting it is a big deal.

“Looking at Death of a Salesman from the perspective of a Black family living in a predominantly White capitalist world changes the way that you hear this text,” says . Cromwell. “Wendell and Sharon illuminate the heart of this play in a new way that is both universal and entirely specific.”

“I have always been fascinated by the Loman family’s wrestle with assimilation, and the cost of that struggle on one’s mental health, on your family and on your community,” says producer Kwame Kwei-Armah. “This production breathes new life into a show that people think they know.”

Nice to know who the winner of the 2024 Tony Award is so soon.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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