NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) “Network,” Paddy Chayefsky’s Academy Award-winning 1970s film, is getting a Broadway adaptation this fall at Broadway’s Cort Theatre in New York.
The play, directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Ivo van Hove and adapted to the stage by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Lee Hall (“Billy Elliott”) got rave reviews during its run at the National Theatre in London from Nov. 4 to March 24. The New York Times’s Ben Brantley called it “a bravura exercise in torturously applied pressure,” adding that it “feels as pertinent to our time as it did to its own.”
Cranston, of course, is mad as hell and is not taking it anymore, playing the role of Howard Beale, the television news anchor who has a meltdown during a live broadcast, with ratings soaring. The movie won four Academy Awards in 1976 including a posthumous award for Peter Finch, who played the role of Beale but did not live long enough to attend the awards show.
Cranston has racked up his share of awards, especially for his role as Walter White on “Breaking Bad,” but he’s also received trophies like “Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play,” “Drama Desk Award For Outstanding Actor in a Play” and “Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor In A Play” in 2014 for “All The Way.” His role for Network has already garnered him the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor and the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor.