Shia LaBeouf is transforming into a Broadway star.
The popular film actor will make his Broadway debut this spring opposite Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) in Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan’s production of Lyle Kessler’s Orphans, which will begin previews March 19 in advance of an April 7 opening at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Casting for the role of Phillip, as well as details about the revival’s creative team, will be announced in the near future.
LaBeouf will star as Treat, the eldest of two poor orphaned brothers, who kidnaps Harold (Baldwin), a rich older man – and who becomes the father-figure the brothers have always desired. Orphans had its premiere in 1983 at Los Angeles’ Matrix Theatre, and was later produced in New York by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company at the Westside Arts Theatre starring Terry Kinney, Kevin Bacon, and John Mahoney. Anderson co-starred in the 1987 film version alongside Albert Finney and Matthew Modine.
In addition to his work in the Transformers series of films, LaBoeuf’s many screen credits include Lawless, The Company You Keep, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Holes. He also received a 2003 Daytime Emmy Award for his performance as Louis Stevens on the Disney Channel series Even Stevens.
Baldwin received a Tony nomination for his performance as Stanley Kowalski in the 1992 revival of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire and a 1986 Theatre World Award for his role in Joe Orton’s Loot. In addition, he has been seen on stage in Equus, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, and Twentieth Century. He has won two Emmy Awards for his performance as Jack Donaghy on the NBC series 30 Rock, and received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in The Cooler.
Sullivan’s many directing credits include the current Broadway revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, as well as The Merchant of Venice, Rabbit Hole, and Proof, for which he received the Tony Award.