Bringin Swaggah Back…. Langella in MAN AND BOY

Posted on: November 2nd, 2011 by Patrick Fromuth No Comments

Somebody get this man another Tony…

his other three are lonely

Frank Langella returns to Broadway in a blaze of flaming financial destruction as Gregor Antonescu in MAN AND BOY. We all know – or wish we knew – that certain badass tryrant who you just can’t help but adore. Langella is THAT beast; an absolute powerhouse that carried himself – and the show – with the kind of old Broadway swaggah that is rarely seen these days. Antonescu was based on the lives of Ivar Kreuger, the Swedish Match King and Samuel Insull the Anglo-American investor.

“When Frank Langella plays good, he’s fine;

                          but when he’s bad, he’s a wonder” – NYT

The plot centers on a corrupt financier in the 1930′s whose musician son rebels against his greedy ways by becoming a socialist. Set at the height of the Great Depression, Gregor Antonescu’s business is dangerously close to crumbling. To escape the wolves at the door, Gregor tracks down his estranged son Basil in the hopes of using his Greenwich Village apartment as a base to make a company-saving deal. The tension increases as the reunion takes place. A gripping story about family, success and what we’re willing to sacrifice for both.

I had the privilege to see Roundabout’s production last week at the American Airlines Theatre and was surprised to find that the topical MAN AND BOY was first performed in 1963 in London at The Queen’s Theatre and in New York at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Despite being written almost fifty years ago, the relevance and timing of Terence Rattigan’s book to the “Occupy Wall Street” contemporary audience is smart and spot on. Take a look at what the cast has to say about the show:

With a Rick-Perry-like Ponzi Scheme front and center in this epic drama, I encourage everyone to see this classic masterpiece – aged like fine wine just like Frank…

Just Drink ‘Em In…

Occupiers on Wall Street would love to see this guy go down.


Runs until November 27th

American Airlines Theatre

227 West 42 Street (between 7th & 8th Aves)

Ticket Services: 212.719.1300

8pm from Tuesday through Sunday

with 2pm shows on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays

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