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Cuckoo's Nest Bway Previews Begin
The Broadway transfer of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, starring Gary Sinise and Amy Morton, is scheduled to begin previews March 16 and open April 8 at the Royale Theatre.

Directed by Terry Kinney, on time off from HBO's highly touted "Oz," Steppenwolf’s revival of the Dale Wasserman play stars Gary Sinise in the role of Randle P. McMurphy and Amy Morton as Nurse Ratched. The limited run is scheduled to end June 17, just after the June 3 Tony Awards.

Tickets for the Broadway One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest can be ordered online or by phone at (212) 239-6200.

The Broadway transfer of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest marks another coup for the busy Steppenwolf, which has moved many important Chicago productions to the Great White Way, including the 1990 Broadway production of John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath -- starring Sinise -- and Sinise’s 1995 Broadway revival of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child.

Nest played Chicago April 6 - June 24, 2000. Steppenwolf next took the revival to London's Barbican Center, where it performed July 27 - Aug. 5.

A majority of the cast members in the Steppenwolf production will be featured in the Broadway show. They include: Tim Sampson, Ross Lehman, Alan Wilder, Sarah Charipar, Stephanie Childers, K. Todd Freeman, Eric Johner, Misha Kuznetsov, Mariann Mayberry, Bill Noble, Ron O.J. Parson, Tim Sampson, Rick Snyder, Christian Stolte, Jeanine Morick, Danton Stone, Greg Vinkler, John Watson Sr. and Afram Bill Williams.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is the story of a rebellious new patient, McMurphy, who arrives at a mental hospital. McMurphy challenges the rigid program of the ward, headed by the tyrannical Nurse Ratched. The play is a parable about sanity and conformity, and the changing rules of engagement when the system meets resistance.

The actors who performed at Steppenwolf, but are not going to Broadway with Sinise, are Leonard Kraft, Jennifer Engstrom and Warren Schueneman.

The creative team includes scenic designer Robert Brill, lighting designer Kevin Rigdon, projection designer Sage Carter and costume designer Laura Bauer. Music and sound are by Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen.

Fri Mar 16 2001 (11:46:39 PM)