'Transformers' Star Shia LaBeouf & Alec Baldwin To Headline Broadway Play 'Orphans'
Star of the blockbuster series "Transformers," Shia LaBeouf is set to make his Broadway debut alongside veteran actor Alec Baldwin in the Daniel Sullivan take on the classic "Orphans."
Playbill.com broke the news on Tuesday and said that the Sullivan piece will begin previews on March 19, 2013 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York City. The play will officially kick off on Apr. 7 with Frederick Zollo and Robert Cole producing the show.
The press notes attached to "Orphans," described the play as:
"Two orphaned brothers are living in a decrepit North Philadelphia row house. Treat, the eldest, played by LaBeouf, supports his damaged younger sibling by petty thievery, and makes the house a virtual prison for the seemingly simple-minded Phillip. One night he kidnaps a rich older man, Harold (Baldwin), who turns out to have his own motives and becomes the father figure the boys have always yearned for."
Casting for the role of Phillip will be announced later according to the notes.
An earlier rendition of "Orphans," premiered in 1983 at The Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles, where it won the Drama-Logue Award.
LaBeouf is best known for his work in "Transformers" He also starred in the crime drama "Lawless." His work had not gone unnoticed, in February 2008 he was awarded the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award, which was voted for by the British general public.
He was nominated for four Teen Choice Awards for "Transformers," winning the Breakout Male Award; he also won the Teen Choice Award for Movie Actor in a Horror/Thriller for his performance in "Disturbia"; as well as a Scream Award. In 2004, he was nominated for the Young Artists Award for Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film and the Breakthrough Male Performance at the MTV Movie Awards for his performance in "Holes."
Baldwin has been on the acting scene for numerous years, with his most recent work playing Jack Donaghy on the NBC comedy "30 Rock". Before Hurricane Sandy barreled down on the New York area, Baldwin was scheduled to host Lang Lang and Friends at Carnegie Hall.