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Death of a Salesman Opens on Broadway

17 March 2012 9:42 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Samuel Negin

The 5th Broadway revival (and 6th Broadway production overall) has opened on Broadway to strong reviews.  Variety highly praised director Mike Nichols and the production overall, as well as the performance of Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Film star Andrew Garfield initially came across as miscast but held his own against his more famous costars.  The New York Times called the decision to “recreate the original visual and aural landscape devised by the set designer Jo Mielziner and the composer Alex North” inspired.

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Mike Nichols and "Death of a Salesman"

5 March 2012 6:44 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"His maternal grandmother, he says, wrote the libretto for Strauss's Salome. Her anarchist husband was bayoneted by German police. Henry Louis Gates mapped the family history. The Aga Khan took him up the Nile on his yacht. The Nazis chased him out of Berlin at age 7; upon arrival in New York, one of his only English phrases was 'Please do not kiss me.' He married Diane Sawyer. 'I know!' he says, when you look amazed."

Mike Nichols is the subject of an entertaining profile by Jesse Green in this week's New York. At the age of 80, Nichols is reviving Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman on Broadway (the show's currently in previews and officially opens on March 15): "Philip Seymour Hoffman, with whom he'd worked on The Seagull and Charlie Wilson's War, agreed to play Willy; Linda Emond, Andrew Garfield, John Glover, and the rest of the luxury cast signed on instantaneously. »

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