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Jessica Lange Revisits O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night on Broadway

Jessica Lange, the Hollywood actress who last appeared on Broadway a decade ago, will headline a revival of O'Neill play 'A Long Day's Journey Into Night.

Jessica Lange, the Hollywood actress who last appeared on Broadway a decade ago, will headline a revival of O’Neill play ‘A Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

Jessica Lange, best known for her movie roles in 1983’s “Tootsie” and 1994’s “Blue Sky,” both of which earned her Oscars, is slated to appear in a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957.

She will star opposite Gabriel Byrne, 65, who will play James Tyrone, Sr.

Although long associated with Broadway, the play actually premiered in 1956 in Stockholm, Sweden, where O’Neill’s works were exceptionally popular.

The play debuted on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre later the same year. The original cast included Fredric March (James Tyrone), Florence Eldridge (Mary Tyrone), Jason Robards, Jr. (“Jamie” Tyrone), Bradford Dillman (Edmund), and Katharine Ross (Cathleen).

O’Neill’s semi-autobiographical family drama focuses on a well-to-do Connecticut family that gathers at their seaside home. Over the course of one day, blame, resentment, regret and accusations upend the family as it confronts–and attempts to come to terms–with its demons.

Lange, 66, is on intimate terms with the work. She played the morphine-addicted matriarch, Mary Tyrone, in a 2000 London production. She was nominated for an Olivier Award, the equivalent of an American Tony award.

Lange last appeared on Broadway in the 2005 revival of The Glass Menagerie and before that in a 1992 production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

The play will begin previews Mar. 31, 2016, at the Roundabout Theatre and open April 19, the company said in a release.

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