In this new Broadway production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
, Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon, two of the most acclaimed actors of their generation, will bring the bruised dreamers of Terrence McNally’s classic romance to new life.
In the play, a lonely waitress and a short order cook's first date turns into a one-night stand—maybe more.
Audra McDonald (“there’s nothing the superhuman Ms. McDonald can’t do onstage” – Hollywood Reporter
) last appeared on Broadway in the musicals Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
— the role that also served as the vehicle for her record-breaking sixth Tony Award and 2017 debut on London’s West End (2018 Olivier Award nomination). Recently seen in the Academy Award-winning The Shape of Water
, Michael Shannon (“a remarkable actor of force and strength” – Chicago Tribune) returns to Broadway after his Tony-nominated performance opposite Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne in A Long Day’s Journey into Night
Four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally (“one of the greatest contemporary playwrights” – New York Observer
) is currently represented on Broadway by his book for the hit musical Anastasia
. And director Arin Arbus (“exemplary… a star in the making” – The New York Times
) will make her Broadway debut with this production. For a decade, she served as the Associate Artistic Director of Theater for a New Audience, where she most recently staged The Winter’s Tale
to great acclaim.
Originally produced more than 30 years ago Off-Broadway, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
is one of McNally’s most acclaimed plays and will appear on Broadway as the playwright celebrates his 80th birthday. The play was a runaway hit from 1987 to 1989, returned to Broadway in a highly praised production in 2002 and was also turned into a feature film.