Good thing Shia LaBeouf has officially kissed big blockbusters goodbye — he’s now free to star in a Broadway production of Lyle Kessler’s Orphans, which premiered in 1983 in Los Angeles. This will mark the play’s first appearance on Broadway.
LaBeouf will play Treat, a young, orphaned thief who lives with his mentally damaged younger brother Phillip (a role that has not yet been cast). When Treat kidnaps the wealthy, older Harold (Alec Baldwin), he and Phillip realize that they may have found the father figure they’ve always yearned for. Baldwin last appeared on Broadway in 2004, when he starred in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Twentieth Century.
Orphans begins previews March 19 at the Schoenfeld Theatre, currently home to a Glengarry Glen Ross revival starring Al Pacino. Its opening night is set for April 7. Think Michael Bay might show up in the cheap seats?