For Today's Top Story: Bryan Cranston Opened on Broadway in Network
Cranston stars in a stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film alongside Tatiana Maslany and Tony Goldwyn.
Bryan Cranston celebrated his Broadway return in Network, directed by Ivo van Hove and written by Lee Hall, on Thurdsay, December 6. The production, which also stars Tatiana Maslany and Tony Goldwyn, plays the Belasco Theatre.
Based on the 1976 Paddy Chayefsky film, Network ran at London's National Theatre November 2017-March 2018, with direction by Van Hove. Cranston earned an Olivier Award for his performance as news anchor Howard Beale.
The company also includes Joshua Boone, Alyssa Bresnahan, Ron Canada, Julian Elijah Martinez, Frank Wood, Nick Wyman, Barzin Akhavan, Jason Babinsky, Camila Canó Flaviá, Eric Chayefsky, Gina Daniels, Nicholas Guest, Joe Paulik, Susannah Perkins, Victoria Sendra, Henry Stram, Bill Timoney, Joseph Varca, Nicole Villamil, and Jeena Yi.
Network is described as follows: "Howard Beale, news anchorman, isn't pulling in the viewers. In his final broadcast he unravels live on screen. But when the ratings soar, the network seize on their newfound populist prophet, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on TV. Network depicts a dystopian media landscape where opinion trumps fact."
The production has scenic and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D'Huys, video design by Tal Yarden, and music and sound by Eric Sleichim.