Denzel Washington to star in Broadway’s ‘The Iceman Cometh’

One of Hollywood’s biggest stars is making his way back to Broadway.

Denzel Washington — who boasts a history of success in past Broadway ventures — will star in “The Iceman Cometh” next spring for a limited 14-week engagement.

The Oscar and Tony winner will play the nuanced role of Hickey, a heavy-drinking salesman who quickly begins to see his life differently after he goes sober.

The show will be directed by George C. Wolfe, who has won two Tonys for directing (“Angels in America: Millennium Approaches” and “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk”) and three more for producing (“Angels in America: Perestroika,” “Take Me Out” and “Elaine Stritch at Liberty”).

‘The Iceman Cometh’ – a wonderfully acted drama: 1946 review

Previews for “The Iceman Cometh” — which will run at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre — are set to begin on March 22, 2018, with opening night scheduled for April 26.

The casting marks a return to Broadway for Washington, 62, who most recently starred in “A Raisin in the Sun” in 2014.

Washington previously starred in plays “Checkmates” in 1988, “Julius Caesar” in 2005 and “Fences” in 2010 — for which he earned the Tony for best actor in 2010. Washington starred alongside Viola Davis — who also won a Tony – in the “Fences” revival, and both reprised their roles in the film adaptation of the show last year.

“The Iceman Cometh” was first published in 1946.

“The Iceman Cometh” was first published in 1946.

(Richard Termine/Photo by Richard Termine )

He’s known to be a major draw on Broadway who regularly sells out shows.

‘The Iceman Cometh,’ theater review

Washington is the latest big-name star to take on the role of Hickey in “The Iceman Cometh,” joining a list that also included Kevin Spacey, Nathan Lane and James Earl Jones.

“The Iceman Cometh” was written by celebrated playwright Eugene O’Neill and was first published in 1946.

In addition to his onstage success, Washington has won Oscars for “Glory” (1989) and “Training Day” (2001).

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