Mike Nichols is the recipient of this year's Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for the Broadway revival of DEATH OF A SALESMAN. Nichols has been one of the leading directors of stage and screen for more than 40 years. His Broadway directing credits include Barefoot in the Park, Luv, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Real Thing and Spamalot, for all of which he was awarded the Tony for Best Direction.
Nichols' film credits include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf; The Graduate (Academy Award for Best Direction); Catch 22; Carnal Knowledge; Silkwood; Working Girl; Postcards From The Edge; Regarding Henry; The Birdcage; Primary Colors; Closer and Charlie Wilson’s War and for HBO “Wit” and “Angels in America.”
DEATH OF A SALESMAN opened its Broadway engagement March 15 and ended its limited engagement on June 2. Directed by Mike Nichols, starred Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Linda Emond and Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, The Amazing Spider-Man) as Biff Loman. DEATH OF A SALESMAN also featured Finn Wittrock as Happy, Fran Kranz as Bernard, Bill Camp as Charley, John Glover as Ben, Remy Auberjonois as Howard Wagner, Glenn Fleshler as Stanley, Stephanie Janssen as Miss Forsythe, Kathleen McNenny as Jenny, Elizabeth Morton as Letta and Molly Price as The Woman.
DEATH OF A SALESMAN was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play, five Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Play and three Drama League Awards, including Distinguished Revival of a Play. The production won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Revival of a Play and director Mike Nichols has been honored with a special citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle for his contribution to the theatre.
The production featured a recreation of the original ground-breaking and Tony Award-winning scenic design by Jo Mielziner, with costume design by Academy Award winner and five-time Tony Award nominee Ann Roth, lighting by five-time Tony Award-winner Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Tony Award-winner Scott Lehrer. Original music is by Alex North.
DEATH OF A SALESMAN is produced on Broadway by Scott Rudin, Stuart Thompson, Jon B. Platt, Columbia Pictures, Jean Doumanian, Merritt Forrest Baer, Roger Berlind, Scott M. Delman, Sonia Friedman, Ruth Hendel, Carl Moellenberg, Scott & Brian Zeilinger and Eli Bush.
Photo credit: Walter McBride