Set in a dilapidated Connecticut house in early September 1923, A Moon for the Misbegotten is a play by Eugene O'Neill. The play had its world premiere at the Harman Theatre in Columbus, Ohio in 1947 and has been produced four times on Broadway. The original production of A Moon for the Misbegotten opened on May 2, 1957 at the now-demolished Bijou Theatre and ran for 68 performances with Cyril Cusack, Franchot Tone, and Wendy Hiller. After that it had many previews and revivals.
Directed by Jos? Quintero, the first revival of A Moon for the Misbegottenopened on December 29, 1973 at the Morosco Theatre and ran for 313 performances with Colleen Dewhurst, Jason Robards, and Ed Flanders. The cast reprised their roles in a Quintero-directed production for television, two years later that five Emmy Award nominations; Flanders alone won.
After countless Tony award nominations, the play A Moon for the Misbegotten won 6 awards in 1974 including Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (Dewhurst), Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play (Flanders), Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play (Quintero), Tony Award Special Award to the Producers, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director.
The second revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten, directed by David Leveaux, opened on May 1, 1984 at the Cort Theatre and ran for 40 performances with Ian Bannen, Jerome Kilty, and Kate Nelligan. This A Moon for the Misbegotten production had 5 nominations in the Tony Awards. A Moon for the Misbegotten broadway play is Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the third revival opened on March 19, 2000 at the Walter Kerr Theatre and ran for 120 performances with Gabriel Byrne, Roy Dotrice, and Cherry Jones. Out of 8 Tony Award nominations the play A Moon for the Misbegotten won 3 with Dotrice winning 2 including Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play and Bryne winning Theatre World Award.
A fourth revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten, starring Kevin Spacey, began previews on March 29, 2007 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre following a 112 performance run at the Old Vic in London 15 Sep 2006 - 23 Dec 2006. The London cast featured Eve Best, Billy Carter, Colm Meaney, Eugene O'Hare, and Kevin Spacey. This is a limited run, scheduled to close on June 10.
A Moon for the Misbegotten play has three major players: a domineering Irish woman with a quick tongue and a ruined reputation called Josie, her conniving father and tenant farmer, Phil Hogan and his cynical alcoholic landlord James Tyrone, Jr. In a state of drunkenness, Tyrone threatens to sell his land. In order to avoid eviction, Hogan devises a plan involving his daughter and his landlord to save his skin.
A Moon for the Misbegotten broadway is a sort of sequel to ?Long Day's Journey into Night? with Jim Tyrone being an older version of Jamie Tyrone and they are both based on Eugene O'Neill's older brother, Jamie O'Neill. This one begins with Mike, the last of Hogan's three sons, leaving the farm. It ends with Jim Tyrone leaving the farm, apparently to die soon of complications from alcoholism.
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