The Normal Heart
In this video, brought to you by the people of Arena Stage, showcases Luke Macfarlane, Patricia Wettig, and Patrick Breen as they talk about the play, The Normal Heart, and what the AIDS epidemic means to them, and what the story means to them. It is a good look at what you will be seeing when you attend the national tour play.
Luke Macfarlane will reprise his Broadway role in the upcoming national tour of The Normal Heart. Along with Patrick Breen who will also co-star and play the same exact role. New entrant is Christopher Hanke, best known for many of his Broadway musical appearances, and some television appearances (especially for those who remember him appearing in season 5 of Brothers & Sisters playing the role of the guy who Scotty cheated with). Chris will be playing the role of Tommy Boatwright.
Edit: Sorry, Luke will be upgraded in his role and will play the role of Ned Weeks and Felix Turner, respectively. (These are major roles (i.e. more dialogue and longer appearances), compared to his two stint roles on Broadway).
The national tour starts off at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. from June 8th till July 29th. This play will coincide with AIDS 2012, the biennial international AIDS convention which will be held again in the United States after 22 years. More cities and tour dates to follow. But for now you can follow the Arena Stage page for The Normal Heart and check for further information about the play and the theatre.
Also don’t forget to check the original Broadway webpage of The Normal Heart as well.
The play is called Normal Heart, written by Larry Kramer, which tells the story of the early years of the AIDS epidemic in New York and the silence that follows from both the political and media outlets. Luke Macfarlane plays two roles, Craig Donner, and Grady. He joins the production with the likes of Ellen Barkin, Patrick Breen, John Benjamin Hickey, Joe Mantello, Lee Pace, and Jim Parsons. Normal Heart is directed by Joel Grey and produced by Daryl Roth and Paul Boskind. It will take place at the Golden Theatre, where Driving Miss Daisy is currently performing.
The play will preview beginning April 19th, before its opening on April 27th. It will run through 12 weeks until its final performance on July 3rd. Ticket prices range from $26.50 to $116.50. Tickets can be purchased via the main website at The Normal Heart
A brief synopsis:
The story of a city in denial, The Normal Heart unfolds like a real-life political thriller — as a tight-knit group of friends refuses to let doctors, politicians and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic behind a wall of silence.
Pics (hopefully) will come soon.