Scott Rudin, who long has held the Broadway rights to Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh," will not produce the hit Goodman Theatre production on Broadway, Rudin's office confirmed Monday.
According to Goodman artistic director Robert Falls, a variety of other Broadway producers have been flocking to Chicago over the last week to see the show. More are expected during the final week. All performances are sold out.
The assumption in New York had been that Rudin would produce the show, directed by Falls and starring both Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, on Broadway, assuming the entertainment mogul liked what he saw. But once word spread that Rudin has decided his Broadway plate is full and was not coming to Chicago to see the show, other New York producers have been showing belated interest. The show is very tricky from a commercial standpoint: the running time of nearly five hours would appear to limit the number of possible performances each week to seven (or maybe even six) and overtime costs would likely be high. Then again, demand for tickets in Chicago has been enormous.
The Goodman previously has partnered with Jeffrey Richards (on "Chinglish") and David Richenthal (on "Death of a Salesman").
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