Jessica Chastain, Jodie Comer and Laura Linney Coming to Broadway This Spring
Golden Globe winner Jessica Chastain returns to Broadway in The Jamie Lloyd Company’s revival of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 landmark drama A Doll’s House which opened with previews on February 13 at The Hudson Theatre. She stars in one of the theater’s most iconic roles playing Nora Helmer, a housewife who decides to leave her husband and family behind.
Explains the Julliard Academy’s alumni who made her Broadway debut in the 2012 revival of The Heiress: “[The adaptation asks] how Nora is trapped in society, and how is she participating in her entrapment? How is she behaving in a certain way to gain power? It’s a scary thing to decide that ‘I’m going to stop behaving in this way that you see value in, in order to figure out who I really am.’ I think that’s important for women, even today, when we think about where the value lies.”
The new production updates the classic, re-energizing the play with a freshly relevant approach for a whole new generation. This version is written by Amy Herzog, who recently worked on Scenes from a Marriage, the HBO’s remake of Ingmar Bergman’s eponymous miniseries that brought the actress a Golden Globe nomination in 2022.
Suzie Miller’s one-woman play Prima Facie stars Golden Globe nominee Jodie Comer and will open with previews on April 11 at The John Golden Theatre in New York.
Comer plays Tessa, a young barrister who loves to win, having worked her way up from working-class origins to be at the top of her game: prosecuting, cross-examining and lighting up the shadows of doubt in any case. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge.
With this role, the Killing Eve star is making her highly anticipated Broadway debut. “Never in my wildest dreams,” she recently said, “did I imagine having the opportunity to play on Broadway with a story as unique and thought-provoking as this one.”
For Golden Globe winner Laura Linney Broadway has been the second home since her stage debut as Tess in John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation back in 1990.
In Summer, 1976, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Auburn, opening with previews on April 4, at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, she plays Diana, a fiercely iconoclastic artist, and single mom. Co-starring Jessica Hetch as Alice, a free-spirited yet naïve housewife, in a story set during the Bicentennial celebration when two women in Ohio navigate motherhood, ambition and intimacy, and help each other discover their own independence.