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Following a record-breaking run in London's West End, ROCK 'n' ROLL, a new play by Tom Stoppard, opened on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (242 West 45th Street) on November 4, 2007. Previews began on October 19, 2007. The premiere of ROCK 'n' ROLL marks the 40th anniversary since Stoppard was introduced to Broadway audiences with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
Directed by Trevor Nunn, members of the original London company, including Brian Cox, Sinead Cusack and Rufus Sewell (winner of the Olivier, London Evening Standard and London Critics' Circle Awards for his performance), along with Nicole Ansari and Alice Eve, appear in the Broadway production of ROCK 'n' ROLL.
ROCK 'n' ROLL received its world premiere at the Royal Court as part of their 50th Anniversary celebration and subsequently transferred to the Duke of York's Theatre for a sold-out run.
Winner of the London Evening Standard and London Critics' Circle Theatre Awards for Best New Play, ROCK 'n' ROLL is produced on Broadway by Bob Boyett & Sonia Friedman Productions, Ostar Productions, Roger Berlind, Tulchin/Bartner, Douglas G. Smith, Dancap Productions, Jam Theatricals and The Weinstein Company, in association with Lincoln Center Theater.
Nicole Ansari, Sinead Cusack and Rufus Sewell are appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors' Equity Association for its assistance to this production.
ROCK 'n' ROLL spans the years from 1968-1990 from the double perspective of Prague, Czechoslovakia, where a rock 'n' roll band comes to symbolize resistance to the Communist regime, and of Cambridge, England, where the verities of love and death are shaping the lives of three generations in the family of a Marxist philosopher.
Set design is by Robert Jones, costume design is by Emma Ryott, lighting design is by Howard Harrison and sound design by Ian Dickinson.
Stoppard was most recently represented on Broadway with the acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater production of The Coast of Utopia, which has received 10 Tony Award nominations, including Best Play, and has won the Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Play.