‘Life of Pi’ Broadway stars Olivier Award winner Hiran Abeysekera, Fred Davis and Scarlett Wildering in the cast

Hiran Abeysekera, who won the 2022 Olivier Award for Best Actor for playing the title role in Lolita Chakraborty’s London stage production. Life of PiGerald Schoenfeld will lead the Broadway cast when the play arrives at the theater next month

He will be joined by Fred Davis and Scarlett Wildrink, who shared the Oliver for Best Supporting Actor as the puppet behind the tiger “Richard Parker.”

Life of Pi Performances begin at the Schoenfeld on Thursday, March 9, with an opening night on Thursday, March 30.

Based on Yann Martel’s best-selling novel, Chakraborty’s stage adaptation won a total of five Oliviers, including Best New Play. In addition to Abesekera, Davis, and Wildrink, the Broadway cast includes Brian Thomas Abraham as “Cook/Voice of Richard Parker,” Rajesh Bose as Father, and Avery Glymph, Mahira Kakkar, Kirsten Louis, Salma Karnine, Sathya Sreedharan, Daisuke Tsuji, and Sonia Venugopa.

Also starring: Nikki Calonge, Rowan Yan, Jonathan David Martin, Betsy Rosen, Celia Mae Rubin and Andrew Wilson. Mahnaz Damania, John Hoche, Usman Ali Mughal, Uma Paranjape and David Shih are in the 24-member cast with Adi Dixit as “pi” substitutes.

Directed by Max Webster, with set and costume design by Tim Hatley, Life of Pi Puppetry and movement direction by Finn Caldwell, puppet design by Nick Burns and Caldwell, video design by Andrzej Goulding, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound design by Carolyn Downing and original music by Andrew T. McKay.

Synopsis: After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi is trapped in a lifeboat with four other survivors—a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a 450-pounder. Royal Bengal Tiger. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive? The novel was adapted for the screen in the acclaimed 2012 film directed by Ang Lee.

Life of Pi Produced on Broadway by Simon Friend, Daryl Roth, Hal Luftig, Mark Gordon Pictures, Playing Fields, Tulchin Burtner Productions, Gavin Kalin, Hunter Arnold, Hall Schmalberg Winkler, The 42nd Club, Elizabeth Armstrong, Eileen Davidson, Dee Roy Schedaman, Federman. Janene Productions, Susan Galin, Independent Presenters Network, John Gore Organization, Kuhn Dodani, Harriet Newman Lev, Anastasia Muravieva, Mary Lou Roffey, Kathryn Schreiber, American Repertory Theater and Sheffield Theatre, Aaron Lastbader and Hannah Osmolska serve as producers.

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