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220 West 48th St, New York, NY 10036

Of Mice and Men

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Closed July 27, 2014

O'Dowd brings all manner of subtlety to Lennie. What he does with his fluttery hands alone is acting inspiration. He sees that Lennie's feelings are all unguardedly on the surface and expresses that through mood changes often simultaneously funny and sorr

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Why See Of Mice and Men?

A Two-Time Tony Nominated Cast

Starring James Franco, Chris O'Dowd and Leighton Meester, this new revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck's novel follows two migrant workers as they struggle to realize their own version of the American Dream during the Great Depression. Of Mice and Men has been nominated for two Tony Awards for its cast, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O'Dowd.

Franco, O'Dowd and Meester star alongside Jim Parrack and Jim Norton. The production is playing a limited run, and is directed by Tony-winner Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County).

What is Of Mice and Men About?

Emotional and touching in equal measure, Of Mice and Men follows two friends, George (Franco) and Lennie (O'Dowd), as they drift from job to job across the fields and farms of California during the hardship of 1920s America. The unlikely duo make ends meet by taking up work as laborers, dreaming of one day being able to own a piece of land to call their own.

When Lennie - a gentle giant with a simple nature - runs into trouble on one of the farms though, George must choose between standing by his best friend or staying the course to fulfill his own American dream.

Did you know? Of Mice and Men is based upon Steinbeck's own memories of growing up in rural America and his experiences of working on farmlands alongside migrant workers during the summers of his youth.

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Previews from: 19 March 2014

Opening night: 16 April 2014


May be unsuitable for children ages eight and under

Run time

Two hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission

And before you stop reading

No strollers or furs will be accepted in the cloakroom


You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.

Cast and Creative


James Franco as George
Chris O'Dowd as Lennie
Leighton Meester as Curley's Wife
Jim Parrack as Slim
Jim Norton as Candy
Ron Cephas Jones as Crooks
Alex Morf as Curley
Joel Marsh Garland as Carlson
James McMenamin as Whit
Jim Ortlieb as The Boss


Written by John Steinbeck
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro
Set Design by Todd Rosenthal
Costume Design by Suttirat Larlarb
Lighting Design by Japhy Weideman
Sound Design by Rob Millburn and Michael Bodeen


Tony Award Nominations 2014

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play - Chris O'Dowd
Best Lighting Design of a Play Japhy Weideman

Nominated for 2 2014 Drama Desk Awards

Outstanding Revival of a Play
Outstanding Actor in a Play - Chris O'Dowd

What you thought

9 reviews, average rating: (4.8 Stars)

5.0 star rating

Anonymous: “James Franco and Chris o'Dowd worth every penny”

Excellent acting and on stage chemistry created a wonderful broadway experience.... more

Anonymous: “Phenomenal”

Saw the show on 3/22/14. In the past 25 years I a average about 8 broadway... more

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