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Bryan Cranston Returns to Broadway in Network, Directed by Ivo van Hove

Tatiana Maslany and Tony Goldwyn also star in the play based on Paddy Chayefsky’s 1976 film.

Tony Goldwyn and Bryan Cranston star as Max Schumacher and Howard Beale.
Tony Goldwyn and Bryan Cranston star as Max Schumacher and Howard Beale.
(© Jan Versweyveld)

The new play Network, directed by Ivo van Hove and written by Lee Hall, opens today at Broadway's Belasco Theatre. The production, which stars Bryan Cranston, Tatiana Maslany, and Tony Goldwyn, began previews on November 10.

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.