This new Broadway production of Tom Stoppard’s 1995 Best Play contender “Arcadia” is based on a 2009 London revival. While the work lost the Best Play race at the Tony Awards to “Love! Valour! Compassion” by Terrence McNally, it did win over the New York Drama Critics’ Circle.
Among those in this revival is Billy Crudup, who originated the role of Septimus Hodge in the 1995 run and is now playing the part of Bernard Nightingale first done by Victor Garber. Crudup won the Featured Play Actor Tony in 2007 for his performance in Stoppard’s epic “The Coast of Utopia.”
Also in the cast of 12 is four-time Tony also-ran Raul Esparza. Although Esparza has yet to win, he has demonstrated remarkable versatility landing nominations in each of the four acting categories at the Tony Awards: Featured Musical Actor (“Taboo,” 2004); Lead Musical Actor (“Company,” 2007); Featured Play Actor (“The Homecoming,” 2008); and Lead Play Actor (“Speed-the-Plow,” 2009).
Others featuring in this production are Broadway vets Margaret Colin and Byron Jennings and newcomers Tom Riley and Grace Gummer. If Gummer looks familiar in the cast photo, it could be that she bears a striking resemblance to her mother Meryl Streep.
The play, described as “a dazzling, witty masterpiece of misunderstanding and quest for knowledge, resonating across centuries,” is being directed by five-time Tony nominee David Leveaux. Previews begin at the Barrymore Theater on Feb. 26 with the opening set for March 17.