Associate Producer of The Crucible by Arthur Miller at the Virginia Theatre started preview performances on February 15th and officially opened on Broadway on March 7, 2002 and played through June 9, 2002 (121 performances included an Actors’ Fund benefit performance), lead producer David Richenthal, starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney with Brian Murray, John Benjamin Hickey, Christopher Evan Welch, Angela Bettis, Tom Aldredge, Stephen Lee Anderson, Kristen Bell, Jennifer Carpenter, Betsy Hogg, J.R. Horne, Patrice Johnson, Sevrin Anne Mason, Paul O’Brien, Jeanna Paulsen, Frank Raiter, Dale Soules, Helen Stenborg, Henry Stram and Jack Willis. Directed by Richard Eyre, Scenic & Costume Design by Tim Hatley; Lighting Design by Paul Gallo; Sound Design by Scott Myers and Wig Design by Paul Huntley.
Tony Award nominations for 2002 Best Revival of a Play; Best Actor in Play (Liam Neeson); Best Actress in a Play (Laura Linney); Best Featured Actor in a Play (Brian Murray); Best Lighting Design (Paul Gallo); Best Direction of a Play (Richard Eyre). Drama Desk Award nominations for 2002 Outstanding Revival of a Play; Outstanding Actor in a Play (Liam Neeson); Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Brian Murray); Outstanding Director of a Play (Richard Eyre).
Note The Crucible first opened on Broadway January 22, 1953, at the Martin Beck Theatre. Prior to my 2002 production, The Crucible had three revivals on Broadway, 1964 at the Belasco Theatre, 1972 at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre and in 1991, again at the Belasco, in which Martin Sheen and Maryann Plunkett played the leads.
The Crucible, set in Salem, Massachusetts, is Arthur Miller’s powerful and haunting drama that compares the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s to the Salem witch hunts of 1692. Petty bickering, a bit of dancing, affairs, all lead to accusations of witchcraft amongst the townspeople. Family stresses and small-town intrigue lead to false confessions, despair and the ultimate consequences.