McCormack will make her Broadway debut in the role of “Mary Carney,” which she first played in the London cast, when Genevieve O’Reilly departs the production on Sunday, December 16.
The fall season’s most acclaimed production on Broadway, The Ferryman is now playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W. 45th Street).
CATHERINE McCORMACK (Mary Carney). Theatre includes: The Graduate (West Yorkshire Playhouse); My Brilliant Friend (Rose); Dancing at Lughnasa (Lyric); King Lear (BAM); The Heresy of Love (RSC); Top Girls (Trafalgar); All My Sons, Honour, Dinner, A Doll’s House (NT); Lie of the Mind (Donmar Warehouse). Television includes: “Temple,” “Life in Squares,” “Lucan,” “Lights Out,” “Elizabeth David.” Film includes: 28 Weeks Later, Braveheart, Dancing at Lughnasa, Land Girls, Shadow of the Vampire, Spy Game, Tailor of Panama, The Honest Courtesan, The Weight of Water, This Year's Love.
When The Ferryman opened in New York, The New York Times raved, “THIS ASTONISHING, GLORIOUS, MAGNIFICENT DRAMA TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY.” The Daily Beast proclaimed, “RARELY IS THEATER SO BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN, BRILLIANTLY ACTED AND BRILLIANTLY DIRECTED. DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO SEE IT.” The Hollywood Reporter called The Ferryman “A CRACKLING THRILLER THAT WILL SHAKE UP THE BROADWAY SEASON WITH TORNADO-LIKE FORCE,” and The Chicago Tribune said, “YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE WATCHING HUMAN DESTINY PLAY OUT BEFORE YOUR EYES.” Others called The Ferryman “TRIUMPH ON A MASSIVE SCALE – THRILLING AND ALIVE” (Time Out New York), “ENTRANCING” (am New York), “TENDER AND FEROCIOUS” (The Stage), “GLORIOUS” (Variety), “EXPLOSIVE” (WNYC), “RIVETING” (Newsday), “A STUNNER” (Deadline), “A BONE-CHILLING FAMILY THRILLER” (Entertainment Weekly), “A CLASSIC” (NY1), and “THE BEST PLAY RUNNING ON BROADWAY” (TheaterMania).
Developed by Sonia Friedman Productions and produced with Neal Street Productions and The Royal Court Theatre, The Ferryman opened at The Royal Court in May 2017 and was the fastest-selling play in the theatre’s history. The sold-out show transferred to the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End, and ended its thrice-extended, year-long run in May 2018.
The Ferryman won three 2018 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play (marking Jez Butterworth’s second Olivier win), Best Actress Laura Donnelly, and Best Director Sam Mendes (marking his fourth Olivier win). The Ferryman also won three 2017 Evening Standard Awards, including Best Play and Best Director, as well as the Emerging Talent Award for Tom Glynn-Carney; three 2018 Whatsonstage Awards, including Best New Play, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for Fra Fee; and was named the Best New Play at the 2018 UK Critics’ Circle Awards.