Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh

Denzel Washington returns to Broadway in Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece.

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Past Tony Award- and two-time Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington returns to Broadway in one of the signal roles in the American theatre.


  • Playwright O’Neill completed the piece in 1939 but delayed its premiere for seven years, fearing that audiences and critics would not appreciate the work. He was wrong, but the play’s reputation as a contemporary classic was not cemented until it received a triumphant Off Broadway staging in 1956.
  • This is the second time Denzel Washington has taken on a role played memorably on Broadway by James Earl Jones, after Troy Maxson in August Wilson’s Fences. A young Marlon Brando is said to have turned down a part in the original Broadway production.


Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh premiered on Broadway in 1946 at the Martin Beck Theatre. Previous Broadway revivals were staged in 1973, 1985, and 1999.


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