Alex Brightman and Colin Donnell Join THE SHARK IS BROKEN
48 years ago today Jaws premiered in movie theaters! So there's no better news to drop on Jaws Day than the full casting for The Shark is Broken at Broadway’s John Golden Theatre. Two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman will star as Richard Dreyfuss opposite Colin Donnell as Roy Scheider, joining Ian Shaw who will make his Broadway debut portraying his father Robert Shaw, who played Quint in Jaws. Co-written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, this new Olivier Award-nominated comedy imagines what happened on board “The Orca” when the cameras stopped rolling during the filming of Stephen Spielberg’s blockbuster, Jaws.
FADE IN: The open ocean, 1974. Production on JAWS is delayed…again. The film’s lead actors—theatre veteran Robert Shaw and young Hollywood hotshots, Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider—are crammed into a too-small boat, entirely at the mercy of foul weather and a faulty mechanical co-star. Alcohol flows, egos collide, and tempers flare on a chaotic voyage that just might lead to cinematic magic…if it doesn’t sink them all.
The smash-hit of the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Shark is Broken opened at the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre in 2021 to critical acclaim and an Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy Play, extending its limited run in 2022.
Directed by Guy Masterson, The Shark is Broken has scenic and costume design by Duncan Henderson, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design and original music are by Adam Cork, video design by Nina Dunn, and casting by Jim Carnahan Casting. Beginning performances Tuesday, July 25 after critically acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on London’s West End, The Shark is Broken officially opens on Thursday, August 10, 2023, for a strictly limited 16-week engagement.
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