All of the drama surround the upcoming Broadway production of Orphans, starring Alec Baldwin, Ben Foster and Tom Sturridge, has forced producers to push back its start date. The play has rescheduled it first preview for March 26. The production will now house its opening night on April 18, instead of the previously scheduled April 7.
Producers Frederick Zollo and Robert Cole announced last week that Transformers star Shia LeBeof, who was to make his Broadway debut, would be replaced by Ben Foster less than a month before preview performances were to begin.
In the play, two orphaned brothers are living in a decrepit North Philadelphia row house. Treat, the eldest, (Foster), supports his damaged younger sibling Phillip (Sturridge) by petty thievery, and makes the house a virtual prison for the seemingly simple-minded Phillip. One night he kidnaps a rich older man, Harold (Baldwin), who turns out to have his own motives and becomes the father figure the boys have always yearned for.
Orphans premiered in 1983 at The Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles where it won the Drama-Logue Award. Following its 1985 engagement at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, the play had a successful run at New York’s Westside Arts Theatre and was subsequently produced in London. A film version was also produced.