Producer Scott Rudin is pleased to announce that actor and award-winning director David Cromer completes the cast for the Broadway premiere of Academy Award winner Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery. Cromer, who won a 2018 Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical for The Band’s Visit, will play the role of ‘Howard Fine.’
Directed by Drama Desk and Obie Award winner Lila Neugebauer in her Broadway debut, The Waverly Gallery, a 2001 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, begins performances Tuesday, September 25, prior to opening on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Broadway’s Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street).
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As previously announced, The Waverly Gallery stars Grammy Award winner, and Academy and Golden Globe Award nominee, Elaine May, one half of the legendary comedy duo, Nichols and May, whose iconic show An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May famously played the Golden Theatre; Academy Award nominee Lucas Hedges, who makes his Broadway debut; Tony Award winner and three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Allen; and, in his third Lonergan play, 2018 Tony Award nominee Michael Cera.
The creative team for The Waverly Gallery includes two-time Tony Award winner David Zinn (Scenic Design), Tony Award and Academy Award winner Ann Roth (Costume Design), and five-time Tony Award winner Brian MacDevitt (Lighting Design).
A powerfully poignant and often hilarious play, The Waverly Gallery is about the final years of a generous, chatty, and feisty grandmother’s battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Gladys is an old-school lefty and social activist and longtime owner of a small art gallery in Greenwich Village. The play explores her fight to retain her independence and the subsequent effect of her decline on her family, especially her grandson. More than a memory play, The Waverly Gallery captures the humor and strength of a family in the face of crisis.
The Waverly Gallery originally premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in August 1999, before opening Off-Broadway at the Promenade Theatre in March 2000.
Elaine May (Gladys Green) was a founding member of the improvisational theatre groups the Compass Players and The Second City. She first came to national prominence with Nichols and May, her improvisational comedy duo with Mike Nichols, which became an immediate and overnight sensation, and stands as one of the most iconic comedy teams in history. Their hit recordings include the Grammy Award-winning chart-topping classic, An Evening with Nichols and May, Improvisations to Music, Mike Nichols and Elaine May Examine Doctors, and In Retrospect; and their work has influenced many of the greatest comedians of our time, including Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, and the “Saturday Night Live” Not Ready for Prime Time Players. By perfecting the art of improvisation and introducing it to the public through their appearances in clubs and on television and radio, Nichols and May forever changed the face of comedy, and our collective sense of humor. Ms. May’s select writing credits include the films The Birdcage starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane (reuniting her with Mike Nichols), Heaven Can Wait, Wolf, Reds, Primary Colors, A New Leaf, and Ishtar (she also directed the latter two films). Ms. May also directed the hit 1972 film, The Heartbreak Kid. The Waverly Gallery marks Elaine May’s first appearance on Broadway since her 1960 debut in An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May.
Lucas Hedges (Daniel Reed) made his stage debut in MCC Theater’s Off-Broadway production of Yen. An Academy Award-nominee for his role in Kenneth Lonergan’s Academy Award-winning Manchester by The Sea, Hedges was most recently seen in two of last year’s Academy Award Best Picture nominated films, Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, opposite Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell. Hedges received Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for both of those roles. Additional film credits include Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Labor Day, The Zero Theorem, Kill the Messenger, and Arthur Newman. On television Hedges starred in the NBC event series, “The Slap.” Upcoming projects include Focus Features’ Boy Erased, alongside Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman and Joel Edgerton and Ben Is Back, opposite Julia Roberts.
Joan Allen, (Ellen Fine) received a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for Lanford Wilson’s Burn This͟, and was Tony-nominated for The Heidi Chronicles. Her most recent Broadway appearance was in Impressionism. Off-Broadway: Delores, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, and Steppenwolf’s And a Nightingale Sang…, for which she received Clarence Derwent, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Awards. An original member of Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Allen performed in many of the company’s productions, including The Wheel, Earthly Possessions, Reckless, A Lesson from Aloes, Balm in Gilead, and Of Mice and Men. Film: Room, Oliver Stone’s Nixon (Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations), The Crucible (Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations), The Contender (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Award nominations), The Ice Storm, Yes, The Bourne Ultimatum, A Good Marriage, The Bourne Supremacy, The Notebook, Compromising Positions,Peggy Sue Got Married, Manhunter, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Ethan Frome, and The Upside of Anger. Television: “The Family” (ABC), “The Killing” (Netflix), “Luck” (HBO), the title character and executive producer for “Georgia O’Keefe” (Lifetime), for which she earned nominations for the Emmy Award, SAG Award and Golden Globe Award as both Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie and Outstanding Made for Television Movie, and “The Mists of Avalon” (TNT), for which she was Emmy Award nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.
Michael Cera (Don Bowman) made his Broadway debut in Kenneth Lonergan’s award-winning play This Is Our Youth, following a sold-out and critically acclaimed run at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, and was recently seen on Broadway in Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero, for which he received a 2018 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play. Cera’s television work includes the role of George-Michael Bluth in the Emmy Award-winning Fox series “Arrested Development.” His film credits include the blockbusters Superbad and Juno
David Cromer (Howard Fine) is a New York-based director and actor. He appeared on Broadway as Karl Lindner in the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun, and Off-Broadway as the Stage Manager in Our Town, which he also directed, at the Barrow Street Theatre. He appeared in the HBO series “The Newsroom,” the Showtime series “Billions,” and in the motion picture The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected). As a director, his New York credits include The Band’s Visit (2018 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, Ethel Barrymore Theatre); the Broadway revivals of Brighton Beach Memoirs and The House of Blue Leaves; The Treasurer (Playwrights Horizons); Man from Nebraska (Second Stage Theatre); The Effect, Orson’s Shadow, and Tribes (Barrow Street Theatre); Women or Nothing (Atlantic Theater Company); Really Really (MCC Theater); When the Rain Stops Falling and Nikolai and the Others (Lincoln Center Theater); and Adding Machine (Minetta Lane Theatre). Other directing credits include Come Back, Little Sheba (Huntington Theatre Company); The Sound Inside (Williamstown Theatre Festival); and Our Town in London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and Kansas City. Cromer has received a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, three Obie Awards, three Lucille Lortel Awards, a Joe A. Callaway Award, four Jeff Awards, and in 2010 was made a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.
Kenneth Lonergan (Playwright). Mr. Lonergan’s plays include This is Our Youth (Drama Desk Award nomination, Tony Award nomination); Lobby Hero (Drama Desk nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, Olivier Award nomination); The Starry Messenger; Medieval Play; and Hold On to Me Darling. His first film as writer-director, You Can Count On Me, earned him Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations; it also won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, New York Film Critics Circle Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, and Independent Spirit Awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay. His second film, Margaret, won the European Film Critics’ FIPRESCI Award at the Vienna Film Festival and the Traverse City Film Festival Founders Prize. Most recently, Lonergan received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Manchester by the Sea, which he also directed, as well as numerous other awards, including the 2017 BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay. Other screenplay credits include Analyze This (co-writers Harold Ramis and Peter Tolan) and Gangs of New York (2002 Writers Guild of America and Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay; co-writers Jay Cocks and Steve Zaillian). His four-part television adaptation of E.M. Forster’s “Howards End” aired on the BBC in 2017 and is currently airing on Starz in the U.S.
Lila Neugebauer (Director). The Waverly Gallery marks Ms. Neugebauer’s Broadway debut. Recent Off-Broadway credits: Tracy Letts’ Mary Page Marlowe (Second Stage Theater); Peace for Mary Frances (The New Group); Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, Annie Baker’s The Antipodes, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Everybody, Edward Albee’s The Sandbox, María Irene Fornes’ Drowning, Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro, A.R. Gurney’s The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature Theatre); Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves (Lincoln Center, Playwrights Realm); Zoe Kazan’s After the Blast, Abe Koogler’s Kill Floor (LCT3). With The Mad Ones: Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War, The Essential Straight and Narrow, and Miles for Mary (Playwrights Horizons). Upcoming: Carson McCullers’ The Member of the Wedding (Williamstown Theatre Festival). She is the recipient of the Obie Award, Drama Desk Award, and is a Princess Grace Award winner.