Acclaimed actor Steve Carell is gearing up for his Broadway debut, taking on the title role in a revival of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya.” The production is scheduled to grace the stage at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, commencing previews on April 2, 2024, and officially opening on April 24, 2024.
The star-studded cast includes William Jackson Harper, known for his role in “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” portraying Astrov, and Alfred Molina, famed for “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” as Alexander Serabryakov. The ensemble also features Alison Pill as Sonya, Mia Katigbak as Marina, and Tony Award winners Anika Noni Rose and Jayne Houdyshell in the roles of Yelena and Mama Voinitski. Additional casting details will be revealed soon. Lila Neugebauer, who received acclaim for overseeing a remounting of “The Waverly Gallery,” will direct, and a new translation of Chekhov’s work will be provided by Heidi Schreck, the author of “What the Constitution Means to Me.”
“Uncle Vanya” explores the lives of Sonya and her uncle Vanya as they manage the family farm in isolation. Their routine is disrupted when Sonya’s ailing father (Molina) and his charismatic wife (Rose) move in. Set against the backdrop of a heated summer, the play delves into themes of doomed love, compelling the family to confront various issues, disappointments, and resentments.
Steve Carell, known for his Oscar-nominated performances in films such as “Anchorman,” “Foxcatcher,” and “Despicable Me,” has recently been involved in Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City” and served as an executive producer and star in FX’s “The Patient,” earning a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. He also featured in two seasons of the Apple TV+ series “The Morning Show” and was part of NBC’s iconic series “The Office.” Carell is set to appear in the upcoming film “If,” directed by John Krasinski, his co-star from “The Office.”