Every once in awhile, a familiar face from the silver screen makes in appearance on Broadway. This theater season has seen a number of fan favorites from film and television take up iconic roles in plays and musicals, including Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard and Jake Gyllenhaal in Sunday in the Park With George.
In March, another beloved actor will join their ranks: Mark Ruffalo. The talented actor returns to Broadway in the revival production of Arthur Miller's The Price.
Ruffalo's past with the stage
Wisconsin native Mark Ruffalo began acting at a young age, aided by his family's move to Southern California. Living in L.A. particularly helped expose him to the arts, and he was eventually involved with the founding the Orpheus Theatre Company in the '80s before moving on to screen acting.
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Ruffalo had minor roles in film and television during the '90s before landing a part in the movie You Can Count On Me, which went on to earn two Academy Award nominations. The film was followed by a string of successes, including significant roles in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Collateral, 13 Going On 30 and The Kids Are Alright. Most recently, he has come to international attention for his role as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the Avengers franchise. His reputation further benefited from Academy Award-nominated performances in Foxcatcher and Spotlight in the last few years.
Though more well-known for his screen roles, Ruffalo is no stranger to the stage. His roots in theater trace back decades to his work with the Orpheus Theatre Company in the '80s. He later appeared in Off-Broadway productions of This is Our Youth in 1998, and The Moment When in 1999. Ruffalo made his Broadway debut in 2006 as Moe Axelrod in the show Awake and Sing! The performance earned him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
The Price on Broadway
The upcoming Broadway revival of The Price tells the story of two brothers who meet after many years to divide their deceased father's estate. Decades ago, the family lost all its money in the Great Depression. To support his father, Victor Franz – played by Ruffalo – at the time sacrificed his dream to pursue an education. Meanwhile, his brother Walter Franz felt free to follow his own aspirations and became a successful doctor. The years apart have only intensified Victor's resentment, and tensions come to a head when they must work together again following their father's death.
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Ruffalo is joined in the cast by Tony Shalhoub in the role of Walter. Shalhoub, who is well-known for his role as the title character in the television show Monk, has a long history with the stage, including three Tony Award nominations (Conversations With My Father, Golden Boy, Act One).
After beginning previews on Feb. 16, The Price officially opens on March 16 at the American Airlines Theatre. It is scheduled to run through May 7, 2017.