Wendell Pierce and Sharon D. Clarke are set to reprise their acclaimed performances as Willy and Linda Loman in the Broadway production of Death of a Salesman.
The play will be produced by Cindy Tolan, Elliott & Harper Productions and Kwame Kwei-Armah. The announcement arrives in the wake of the critically acclaimed production of Death Of A Salesman at Young Vic / West End, which was directed by Miranda Cromwell.
“Looking at Death of a Salesman from the perspective of a Black family living in a predominantly White capitalist world changes the way that you hear this text,” said Ms. Cromwell. “Wendell and Sharon illuminate the heart of this play in a new way that is both universal and entirely specific.”
Tony Award winner André De Shields will join the cast as Willy’s brother, Ben. Khris Davis, known for his appearances in Heart of a Lion, Sweat, Atlanta, Judas and the Black Messiah, also joins Death of a Salesman as the Lomans’ son Biff.
“I have always been fascinated by the Loman family’s wrestle with assimilation, and the cost of that struggle on one’s mental health, on your family and on your community,” said Kwei-Armah. “This production breathes new life into a show that people think they know.”
For their roles on Death of a Salesman on the West End, Clarke received the Olivier Award for Best Actress, while Pierce was nominated for Best Actor.
“When this production played at the Young Vic in 2019, we heard from so many young people seeing it for the first time, who said they felt like the play was written specifically for them and for this era," Tolan said. "We’re excited to bring that feeling to New York audiences, and we hope that the show’s timeless relevance resonates in the same way.”
No official date for Death of a Salesman's Broadway premiere has been announced as of yet.
“We’re thrilled to bring this new production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman to Broadway, led by the brilliant Miranda Cromwell,” said Marianne Elliott and Chris Harper of Elliott and Harper Productions. “Miranda brings a unique vision and perspective to this classic piece of American theater and explores some of the most important themes at the heart of the show in an entirely new light. There is no better team to tell this story for a new generation of Broadway audiences.”