Andrew Garfield is heading to Broadway, but not to reprise his role in upcoming movie “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Instead he’ll join an all-star cast in a revival of Arthur Miller’s classic Death of a Salesman.
Garfield will play Biff, the son of salesman Willy Loman, who will be reprised by Broadway veteran Philip Seymour Hoffman. Tony nominee Linda Emond will play Loman’s wife Linda.
Scott Rudin will be producing and Mike Nicols will be directing.
Nichols, won an Oscar for directing 1968’s “The Graduate” and has won Tonys for directing Barefoot in the Park in 1964 to Spamalot in 2005.
The storied play will mark Garfield’s Broadway debut, according to The New York Times.
Miller’s gripping play won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.
It premiered at the Morosco Theatre in February 1949 and ran for 742 performances.
Lee J. Cobb played Willy and Mildred Dunnock played Linda, with Arthur Kennedy as Biff and Cameron Mitchell as Happy, Willy’s other son.
The play’s overall theme is about the myth of the American Dream in Post World War II America. But it’s still relevant today as the nation struggles in the grip of the Great Recession.
The plot revolves around Willy’s hapless life as a traveling salesman and the tensions it causes in his family. Son Biff a high school standout athlete never lives up to his potential.
Biff and Happy return home for the holidays, while a frustrated and increasingly demented Willy laments about his sons’ lack of success in life, and the decline of his own.
Willy learns indirectly that Biff may have quit trying because of something he did on a business trip in Boston, sending Willy over the deep end.
This will be the play’s fifth turn on Broadway. In three previous revivals Willy was played by George C. Scott, Dustin Hoffman and Brian Dennehy.
Hoffman’s production won a Tony Award for Best Revival and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival.
Dennehy’s won for Tony’s for Best Revival, Best Actor, Best Featured Actress (Elizabeth Franz) and Best Direction (Robert Falls).
Hoffman has previously been nominated for two Tony awards, otherwise, the cast has a lot to live up to.
The play opens at the Barrymore Theater in March, 2012.